General Disclosures

Boliden produces metals that make modern society work. Our operations are characterized by concern for people, the environment and society. Boliden’s sustainability work is based on our own norms and values, as well as international guidelines and targets, such as the UN Global Compact and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Dialogues with internal and external stakeholders are used to ensure that different perspectives are taken into account.

102–8 Information on employees and other workers

All information in this Sustainability Index concerning the number of employees refers to data from actual number of employees on 31 December for the years 2017– 2019, while in the Annual Report, the corresponding figures are calculated and reported as Full Time Employees (FTEs). There are no significant variations in the numbers reported due to seasonal variations in production in our operations. The data has been generated through the local HR IT systems at our operations.

The data has been quality assured by the Business Areas ­Management teams each month and annually by Group HR.

102–8a Total number of employees by employment contract (permanent and temporary), by gender

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

Number

%

Female, %

 

Number

%

Female, %

 

Number

%

Female, %

Permanent

5,597

94.5

17.9

 

5,727

95.0

18.3

 

5,912

95.2

18.7

Temporary

324

5.5

30.2

 

302

5.0

29.1

 

295

4.8

39.7

Total in Group

5,921

100.0

18.5

 

6,029

100.0

18.9

 

6,207

100.0

19.7

102–8b Total number of employees by employment contract (permanent and temporary), by region

Region

2017

 

2018

 

2019

Permanent

Temporary

 

Permanent

Temporary

 

Permanent

Temporary

Sweden

3,213

134

 

3,224

155

 

3,326

147

Norway

290

35

 

298

25

 

302

34

Finland

1,504

125

 

1,616

82

 

1,675

90

Ireland

577

30

 

578

40

 

590

24

Other

13

0

 

11

0

 

19

0

Total in Group

5,597

324

 

5,727

302

 

5,912

295

102–8c Total number of permanent employees by employment type (full-time and part-time), by gender

Employment type

2017

 

2018

 

2019

Number

%

Female, %

 

Number

%

Female, %

 

Number

%

Female, %

Full-time

5,492

98.1

17.6

 

5,616

98.1

18.0

 

5,809

98.3

18.5

Part-time

105

1.9

32.4

 

111

1.9

32.4

 

103

1.7

30.1

Total in Group

5,597

100.0

17.9

 

5,727

100.0

18.3

 

5,912

100.0

18.7

 

102–13 Membership of associations

Boliden participates in industry organizations that are able to play an important part in the sustainability dialogue. These organizations include: The International Zinc Association (IZA), The International Copper Association (ICA), The European Copper Institute (ECI), The Scandinavian Copper Development Association, The International Lead Association (ILA), The Nickel Institute, The European Precious Metals Federation (EPMF), The Selenium-­Tellurium Association, The Galvanizers Associations of ­Germany/France and the UK, Zinc Info Norden, The International Wrought Copper Council, The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), The European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA), The Bureau of International Recycling, Återvinnings­industrierna, Jernkontoret, The Association of Finnish Steel and Metal, SveMin, FinMin, Euromines, and Eurometaux.

102–16 Values, principles, standards and norms of behavior

Boliden’s values are a passion for improvements, taking responsibility for the entire value chain, and demonstrating personal commitment to our work and the company. We strive to be a company governed by these values in that they form the basis for how we develop our business. We expect our employees to promote our values by acting responsibly towards colleagues, business associates, and society at large, and to keep in mind that they may be regarded as Boliden representatives even during their leisure time. Boliden's Code of Conduct provides a non-exhaustive framework for what Boliden considers to be responsible conduct. Our employees should always strive to exercise good judgement, care, and consideration in their work for Boliden.

Boliden, and its employees, shall base their behavior on mutual respect. Boliden does not accept any form of harassment, discrimination, or other behavior that colleagues or business associates may regard as threatening or humanly degrading. We shall ensure that none of the operations controlled by the company lead to the exploitation of children. We never, either directly or indirectly, collaborate with suppliers or customers where we have reason to believe that child labor is used. Employees and Board Members shall not seek to obtain advantages for themselves (or any related persons) that are improper or may harm Boliden’s interests in any other way. Information beyond general business knowledge acquired in their work for Boliden should be regarded confidential and treated as such.

The company shall communicate its financial results and other information affecting the share price in an appropriate and timely manner and shall, when doing so, comply with relevant legis­lation, stock market contracts, and other regulations.

The Code of Conduct has been approved by Boliden's Board of Directors and applies to all Boliden employees, including temporary personnel, worldwide, as well as to members of the Board of Directors of Boliden AB and its subsidiaries. Line managers are responsible for making the guidelines known and for promoting and monitoring compliance. Violation of the Code of Conduct is not tolerated and may lead to internal disciplinary action, dismissal, or even criminal prosecution. Should an improper practice or incident occur within Boliden, the company is committed to making the necessary corrections and will take remedial action to prevent recurrence.

102–40 List of stakeholder groups

Stakeholder dialogue is an important part of living up to Boliden’s values as a responsible and sustainable company. During 2019, Boliden’s stakeholder groups were reviewed and approved by the Boliden Group Management. A stakeholder process is in place with roles and responsibilities defined. The stakeholder process is applicable for Boliden Group, Business Areas Mines and Smelters as well as the Business Units. Each unit is responsible for identifying applicable stakeholders and the type of dialogue that should be carried out, and by whom.

Stakeholder analysis and social impact ­assessments

Stakeholder identification is also something that Boliden has identified as key to getting the Social Licence to Operate. Stakeholders are identified during the first exploration work and contacted through telephone calls, workplans for exploration or public meetings if the company enters an area of low experience of exploration and mining. Stakeholder management is also a central part of project development, application processes for permits as well as continuously during operation and long term rehabilitation. Stakeholders are contacted and involved in different ways. Social impact assessments have been completed in several projects. Boliden has developed a toolbox for different types of stakeholder involvement. A typical example is the citizens' dialogue conducted in the Boliden area regarding the rehabilitation of industrial areas.

The stakeholder groups identified as priority groups for ­engagement on sustainability issues are:

  • Employees
  • Society
  • Market
  • Capital markets
  • Suppliers
  • Environment

102–41 Collective bargaining agreements

The total number of employees at Boliden covered by collective bargaining agreements on 31 December, 2019 was 6,073 (5,911) representing 98% (98%) of the total workforce.

102–42 Identifying and selecting stakeholders

Boliden’s operations affect many people in a variety of ways, and similarly, our stakeholders have different views and expectations of Boliden. A stakeholder process is implemented to help our business units engage and strengthen dialogue with important stakeholders. Each Boliden business unit is responsible for defining its own stakeholders and stakeholder dialogue. By conducting stakeholder dialogues at different levels and operations, Boliden meets demands for increased transparency and learns about stakeholders’ demands and expectations in greater detail.

102–43 Approach to stakeholder engagement

Boliden has a wide-ranging framework of stakeholders who raise expectations, influence perceptions of the company, and are relevant with regard to sustainability performance. Dialogues are conducted in different ways with different groups, for example, bi-annual employee surveys, open-house meetings with ­employees and the neighbouring community, formal and informal meetings with authorities, as well as capital market days and the ­Annual General Meeting.

102–44 Key topics and concerns raised

Boliden’s employees are naturally a key stakeholder. Employee dialogues aimed at understanding their desires and demands are essential for the overall success of Boliden’s units. The response from internal stakeholders (employees) confirms that health and safety is the most important issue, followed by the ability to create value by maximizing the metal yield and driving technological developments.

External stakeholders have high expectations when it comes to Boliden’s focus on increased energy efficiency, its carbon footprint, responsible business and land use. The common denominator for all stakeholders is an expectation that Boliden’s innovation and technological development capabilities will benefit both the company and society at large. Sustainability within Boliden means evaluating environmental impact, taking social considerations into account, and securing strong economic results.

102–46 Defining report content and topic boundaries

The information contained in this report, with the exception of environmental performance data, covers facts and figures from Boliden’s eleven business units, from the Group’s head office and various staff functions, and from its sales offices. ­Environmental performance data are limited to Boliden’s eleven operational business units (as they represent Boliden’s significant environmental impact). During the reporting period, there have been no significant changes in the mining and smelting operations, the supply chain, or in the capital structure and capital formation.

Report Content

Boliden’s sustainability work is based on its own norms and values and on the UN Global Compact and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Stakeholders have different views and expectations for Boliden. The way in which Boliden’s activities relate to the global goals, to other societal trends and expectations, and to the views expressed internally within the company and in contacts with representatives of other stakeholders have all provided important input for the process of defining sustainability topics. In Boliden, a ‘sustainability topic’ is an issue that reflects Boliden’s economic, social and environmental impact, as well as the issues that can affect assessments and decisions made by the stakeholders.

Boliden’s sustainability topics are reviewed on an annual basis, and focus areas are chosen as part of the input to the Group Strategy plan.

Reporting Principles

The financial data is drawn from Boliden’s audited annual accounts. The Boliden Group reports in Swedish kronor (SEK). Sustainability reporting is integrated in the Group Annual and Sustainability Report in accordance with Swedish legislation, and in a separate report, the Sustainability Index is prepared according to GRI standards. Environmental data, including ­energy-related data, is collected on a monthly, quarterly, or ­annual basis and consolidated at Group level. Calculation methods for direct CO₂ emissions are stipulated by the respective national legislation and in connection with the EU emissions trading scheme. All other emissions have been measured, and/or calculated on the basis of periodic measurements. More detailed measurement techniques, calculation methods, and assumptions are reported in connection with relevant indicators. Social data has been generated through the local HR IT systems at the operations.

102–56 External Assurance

Boliden’s policy is to use external assurance to ensure a high ­quality and credibility of the information published in the Boliden Sustainability Index. The sustainability report has therefore been subject to external limited assurance by the Auditor.