Safety, efficiency and commitment guide our actions
The cornerstones of Terrafames operations – safety, efficiency and commitment – also guide the company's activities in the field of sustainability. We are committed to continuous improvement in both internal and external processes.
Nearly 1,200 regular employees worked at our mine in Sotkamo in 2016. Slightly more than half of these were Terrafame's own employees, and the remainder were those of our business partners. In addition to the safety of Terrafame employees, we also want to ensure that the employees of our business partners perform their work safely.
At Terrafame, safety begins with planning and foresight. We address all shortcomings and investigate the underlying causes of risks and accidents. We also require all personnel working in the area to observe the same principles and guidelines.
The environment and local people in focus
Industrial activities always have an impact on the environment. This applies to Terrafame, too. We are constantly striving to decrease the environmental impact of our daily work. We are developing our production methods, which will bring economic benefits, reduce emissions and decrease energy consumption. Our goal is to outperform the regulatory minimum requirements.
Terrafame wants to meet the expectations of stakeholders through open and honest communications based on correct information. We pay particular attention to timely environmental communications. For example, both the real-time results of water body analyses and reports based on monitoring results are available on our website.
The ramp-up of operations has increased Terrafame's significance. We provide prosperity to our employees and partners in Kainuu and everywhere else in Finland.
Management system developed systematically
Terrafame's management system is based on international standards and is driven by the sustainable development policy approved by the Board of Directors. We have set clear targets for EHSQ, i.e., environmental, health, safety and quality issues. EHSQ issues are monitored in operational activities and by the Management Team and Board of Directors.
In 2016, the entire organisation contributed to the development of our management system, and in February 2017, we received environmental (ISO 14001), safety (OHSAS 18001) and quality management (ISO 9001) certificates. Cooperation with external service providers has also been incorporated into our quality assurance work.
Sustainability analysis emphasises water management and profitability
Terrafame's materiality analysis is a compilation of the views of the company's management and stakeholders on the aspects of corporate responsibility that are particularly essential to the company's operations. In early 2016, we updated the materiality analysis for both management and stakeholders. The analysis is based on surveys, the views of key employees and feedback obtained through different interactions. The results of the analysis were ratified by the Management Team.
According to the results of the materiality analysis, Terrafame's main themes of responsibility are related to water management and economic viability. Other key areas identified included employment as well as competent and committed personnel, management included. Apart from these, emission control, safety, communication and customer satisfaction were identified as key issues.
The identified themes will be emphasised in our communications and corporate responsibility report. Environmental subjects are also covered in the annual environmental monitoring reports published on our website.
- Water management
- Competent and committed management and staff
- Interaction and communications
- Emission control
- Occupational health and safety
- Customer satisfaction
- Impacts on biodiversity
- Risk management
- Emergency preparedness
- Employee satisfaction
- Legal requirements, permits and good governance
- Research and development
- Raw material efficiency
- Energy efficiency
- Environmental investments and expenditure
- Life cycle of mines
- Product safety
Five main sections of the corporate responsibility report
Our corporate responsibility report is divided into five main sections: stakeholders, finance, safety, the environment and personnel. The report is intended for Terrafame's business partners, local residents and communities, and others interested in the company's operations. Naturally, the report also includes useful information for our personnel.
We report annually on the progress and results of our responsibility efforts. This report covers the year 2016. With regard to Terrafame's business operations and safety figures, the report also includes the details of our partner companies that operate in the area. Any exceptions to this are indicated in connection with the figures in question. Most of the financial responsibility figures can be found in our Financial Statements.
We apply the G4 reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Foundation and the guidelines for the extractive industry's Mining and Metals sector to our social responsibility reporting. This report has not been verified by an external party.
|KEY SUSTAINABILITY FIGURES|
|15 Aug - 31 Dec 2015||2016|
|Net sales||€ '000||2,524||101,042|
|Operating profit (loss)||€ '000||-93,090||-136,722|
|Return on investment||%||-77.9%||-79.2|
|Income tax expense||€ '000||0||0|
|Environmental operating costs||M€||17.3||38.8|
|Provisions for environmental restoration||M€||162.1||162.1|
|Collaterals for environmental restoration **||M€||34.4||41.3|
|Employee wages and salaries||€ '000||9.9||28,387|
|Limestone CaCO3||t '000||42.5||112.1|
|Sulphuric acid H2SO4 (93%)||t '000||53.0||150.2|
|Caustic soda NaOH (50%)||t '000||12.3||47.9|
|Burnt lime CaO||t '000||30.1||110.8|
|Hydrogen peroxide (50%)||t '000||0.8||3.7|
|Total energy use||TJ||531.4||1,757.8|
|Light fuel oil||TJ||124.5||494.7|
|Heavy fuel oil||TJ||46.3||129.2|
|Total water use||Mm3||3.2||*||3.4|
|Total recycled water||%||74.7 %||*||71.0 %|
|Volume of water directed to surface waters||Mm3||8.4||*||9.6|
|Waste utilised as materials or energy||%||70.0%||*||77.0%|
|Precipitate from preneutralization||t'000||4.3||37.3|
|Utilisation of process waste||%||94%||97%|
|Direct CO2 emissions (Scope 1)||tCO2e||39,888||110,651|
|Indirect CO2 emissions from purchased electricity generation (Scope2)||tCO2e||27,244||85,593|
|Other indirect CO2 emissions (Scope 3)||tCO2e||23,642||86,923|
|Sources of greenhouse gas emissions|
|Limestone||%||25 %||21 %|
|Electricity||%||30 %||30 %|
|Light Fuel Oil||%||11 %||14 %|
|Burnt lime||%||26 %||31 %|
|Heavy Fuel oil||%||4 %||3 %|
|Chalk||%||1 %||1 %|
|New land used during the year||ha||0||153|
|Cumulative land used||%||100||100|
|Neighbours' environmental observations||no.||17||9|
|Number of personnel at end of period||no.||529||584|
|Average age of personnel||year||40.2||40.3|
|Percentage of permanent employees||%||97.54 %||97.5 %|
|Percentage of female employees||%||7.7 %||9.6 %|
|Percentage of employees from Kainuu||%||85.5 %||84.0 %|
|Blue-collar employees' training days||days/person||1||2|
|Ratio of basic salary women to men||1:1||1:1|
|OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY|
|Number of accidents (LTI)||no.||19||*||9|
|Number of accidents (LTI)||no./million hours worked||23.3||*||8.4|
|Number of accidents (TRI)||no.||63||*||52|
|Accident frequency (TRIF)||no./million hours worked||77.2||*||47.6|
|Seriousness of accidents||days/LTI accidents||1.7||6.7|
|Accidental deaths at work||person||0||*||0|
|NA = not available|
|CO2 = carbon dioxide|
|LTI = accidents leading to more than one day’s absence, does not include accidents during commuting (Lost Time Injury)|
|LTIFR1 = accidents leading to more than one day’s absence per million hours worked, does not include accidents during commuting (Lost Time Injury Frequency)|
|TRI = number of accidents (Total Recordable Injury)|
|TRIF = number of accidents per million hours worked (Total Recordable Injury Frequency)|
|* Number include full-year 2015 volumes|
|** Excluding collaterals for starting operations despite appeal|