Turquoise Hill is committed to protecting the environment and to safeguarding the health, safety and welfare of all people affected by its activities and its operations, including employees, contractors, visitors and communities. Turquoise Hill is committed to fulfilling its duties in a safe, sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.

Our Goal

We strive to ensure that our activities and operations have well-established and well-understood compliance practices and reporting systems in all areas of safety, health, environment and community matters. In doing so, Turquoise Hill focusses on its commitments to sustainable development and ensuring the long-term viability of its business.

Our Commitments

Our commitment to health, safety, environment and communities is fundamental to how we do business at Turquoise Hill. It applies wherever and whenever we operate, from exploration to closure. As such, we are strongly committed to:
  • Undertaking all aspects of our businesses in a safe manner and maintaining a healthy workplace for employees, contractors and visitors;
  • Implementing a robust HSEC management system;
  • Focussing on maintaining a high standard of health, safety, environmental and communities performance through the involvement of all employees, contractors and others affected by our activities and operations;
  • Respecting the rights and dignity of all employees throughout our operations and those of our business partners;
  • Respecting the rights and dignity of the communities affected by our operations and those of our business partners;
  • Encouraging local communities to actively participate in the economic activity resulting from our operations and encouraging regional and community based projects that contribute to sustainable development, without creating dependency;
  • Promoting collaborative engagement at international, national, regional and local levels, based on mutual respect, active partnership, and long-term commitment;
  • Acknowledging and respecting human rights consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and seeking to ensure we are not complicit in human right abuses committed by others;
  • Providing training to employees and contractors to ensure they are aware of HSEC threats and opportunities within our businesses;
  • Building and sustaining a positive HSEC culture that is underpinned by strong leadership across the business;
  • Providing a framework to understand, identify and manage HSEC risks impacting our business;
  • Auditing the HSEC management system to measure and monitor our performance in relation to the HSEC structure implemented;
  • Establishing objectives and targets for health, safety, environmental and communities performance throughout our business and reporting this performance to key stakeholders;
  • Ensuring compliance with all applicable legislation and any other commitments or requirements to which the company and its subsidiaries subscribe, including its policies and "Code of Business Conduct";
  • Monitoring, managing and minimizing our impact on the environment and using resources efficiently and effectively. To achieve this, we take a strategic approach to driving improved environmental performance in key areas such as:
    • Managing and protecting biodiversity: By minimizing the impact of our mining activities on biodiversity, we strive to protect the ecosystems on which we depend. We are committed to having a net positive impact on biodiversity;
    • Managing sustainable water: Access to affordable water is critical to Turquoise Hill's operations. Future access depends on our performance and reputation in managing water responsibly and in a sustainable manner;
    • Overseeing climate change and air quality: Emissions of greenhouse gases resulting from human activities are contributing to climate change. Minimising human caused changes to the climate is an important objective; and
    • Supervising land access and rehabilitation: We access and use land, rehabilitate unavoidable impacts and work with local communities and others affected to help with their needs in the most effective manner we can. We are thorough in assessing the effects of our activities in advance, particularly in areas of high conservation or heritage value.