Safety and Sustainability
We empower our people to be safe, in an environment in which they have the authority and responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others.
We strive to create an environment where everyone can make a difference and share their concerns, insights and learnings with others, no matter where our people are or what they do.
Our Safety Transformation Plan, established in 2015, continues to direct our efforts and deliver results. An ongoing focus on culture, controls and systems is required to continue to improve our safety and health performance.
Our safety culture is centred around our NewSafe Leadership behavioural program, which drives our understanding of why people do the things they do and how we can all influence the right safety outcomes.
Our Critical Control Management system provides the review, approval and verification steps for high-risk tasks. This system helps our workforce identify which tasks could cause fatalities or life‑changing injuries and verifies that critical controls are in place before commencing the task.
Process Safety is aimed at managing chemical and energy hazards through the proper design and operation of our assets. It strives to reduce the risk of the types of events that can cause multiple fatalities.
Our overarching aim remains the elimination of fatalities from our business. We have made excellent progress across our safety objectives during the year and are now seven years free of fatalities. We have responded to a rise in our Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) in FY22 by implementing programs to counter this increase in injuries and reenergising our NewSafe program to empower our people to make the right choices.
Newcrest engaged with KPMG in 2021 to deliver independent research into our workplace across the globe and support the development of a leading practice framework for the prevention of and response to sexual assault and sexual harassment, and this has informed the roadmap we are implementing. Newcrest mobilised a dedicated team, reporting directly to the Executive Committee to implement the 11 recommendations identified by KPMG.
We continue to roll out our Inclusive Leadership program and have accelerated the creation of a psychological safety program. This program will adopt a similar process to NewSafe, with the aim that our entire workforce, including embedded contractors, will be directly involved not only in preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment, but creating a safer workplace where people can bring their whole unique selves to the workplace and Newcrest can flourish with an enriched, diverse and inclusive environment.
Our focus during the COVID-19 pandemic was to protect people’s safety by taking measures to minimise the spread of the virus and respond in co‑operation with the communities in which we operate. Newcrest continues to monitor the situation around the globe, seeking health advice and medical expertise and reviewing and updating programs in response to local conditions.
The health and wellbeing of our people continue to be challenged by not only the global pandemic but a range of stressors that impact people through managing life outside of work. Through our WellnessMatters program Newcrest continues to offer tools, education and support for our people to look after their mental and physical wellbeing. The program in FY22 included monthly webinars on a variety of topics including women’s health, men’s health, lung and heart health, nutrition and wellbeing which were well received by attendees and directed at building a better Newcrest through education, engagement and advice.