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Our response to COVID-19

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Glencore continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our key priority is to protect the health and safety of all employees and contractors at each of our sites and offices, and the local communities in which we operate. 

Our response to the pandemic has involved a number of actions, including those outlined below.

Operational response

We’ve developed risk-based incident management plans at every Glencore site to support the health and safety of workers and the continuation of business at each operation.  We are also continuing to closely follow the advice of Federal, State and Territory Governments and our expert medical advisors.

Workforce engagement

We provide our workforce with a wide range of information about COVID-19 measures and protocols, including those related to personal hygiene, social distancing, travel and access to our Employee Assistance Program. 

Health checks and screening

We have introduced temperature checks and self-declaration assessment forms for our workforce and any contractors or visitors to our operations.

We have also instructed every worker to stay home if they feel unwell or have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. 

Increased hygiene and cleaning

At every site, we’ve provided appropriate hygiene resources and personal protective equipment (PPE).

We have increased cleaning practices with stringent and frequent cleaning of all shared areas and equipment.

Social distancing in the workplace

We have implemented social distancing measures in all enclosed areas including at meeting rooms, offices, pre and post-shift briefings, in assembly areas, at mess facilities and in all mine transport vehicles.

In specific situations where social distancing is more challenging, we ensure appropriate PPE is used at all times.

Travel restrictions

We continue to follow government and expert medical advice on all travel requirements, including asking our workforce to avoid all non-essential work and personal travel.

Stakeholder engagement

Throughout the pandemic, we have engaged with our key stakeholders to help ensure economic activity can continue while implementing measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Glencore COVID-19 Community Support Fund

In Australia, we’ve contributed $725,000 towards the University of Queensland’s vaccine development program and provided $45,000 for COVID-19 testing equipment at Mount Isa Hospital.

These funds come from Glencore’s Global COVID-19 Community Support Fund.

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