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South Harz Potash Limited has announced the adoption of new Environmental, Social and Governance policy

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South Harz Potash Limited has announced that it has adopted a new Environmental, Social and Governance Policy, tracking the company’s ESG roadmap which is aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework and key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The South Harz executive leadership team has a shared commitment and emphasis on implementing ESG best practice principles and behaviours both throughout the company and as early as possible in the advancement of the Ohmgebirge Potash Development and broader South Harz Potash Project. As part of this focus, the company has progressively worked on a roadmap to create this ESG Policy, including appointing its Regional Director, Dr. Babette Winter, as the responsible person for its delivery.

Responsibility and sustainability are paramount to South Harz. Protecting the environment, engagement in social responsibilities and good governance are widely acknowledged as essential pre-requisites to success.

To achieve this goal, within its ESG Policy, the company has defined clear priorities for its work, including high environmental and social standards:

  • Everything the company does is aimed at protecting and preserving the environment in which its projects are located.
  • The company uses modern technological and economical processes and integrates existing structures of the region.
  • All project participants and supporters should benefit from the company’s commitment: from its employees and communities where the company operates to its shareholders and other external stakeholders.

In accordance with good practice, the ESG Policy is aligned with the following key SDGs:

SDG 2 ‘Zero Hunger’; SDG 6 ‘Clean water and sanitation’; SDG 12 ‘Responsible consumption and production’; SDG 13 ‘Climate action’ and SDG 15 ‘Life on land’.

South Harz commits to building a business with a minimised ecological footprint, without permanent stockpiles and without pollution of water bodies by brine. As a future miner of potash, an essential ingredient for fertilizer, the company will contribute to the world’s challenge to fight hunger.

South Harz CEO, Luis da Silva, commented, "We are committed to building a potash mining business that is highly respectful of the environment in which we will operate. Protection of the environment, social responsibility, and engagement, as well as good governance, are essential components for our business activities and values.”

South Harz Regional Director, Babette Winter, said, "We want to promote mining in the 21st century. This only works with constant awareness of environmental sensitivities, the understanding that we have to bring the local community with us and that our employees also play an important role in this. In addition, we are aware of the long tradition of potash mining in the Southharz District in Northern Thuringia."

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