The Doe Run Company Publishes 10th Annual Sustainability Report
25 Sep 2019
“Our annual sustainability reports provide the public with a snapshot of our social, economic and environmental performance,” said Steve Batts, vice president and chief operating officer at Doe Run. “For the past decade, we have followed Global Reporting Initiative guidelines to inform our stakeholders and communities of our performance. These reports also provide a way to measure our long-term progress.”
Innovation and continuous improvement are a big part of Doe Run’s strategy to remain successful. “Investments we make today help to ensure our future, so we can continue to contribute more than $1 billion to Missouri’s economy each year,” said Batts. “To do so, we are adopting new mining technologies, and expanding operations in the southeast end of the Viburnum Trend. These efforts help keep our business competitive and attract the next generation of employees to our region.”
As a mining company and global provider of essential minerals and metals, a significant portion of company resources must be focused on environmental performance. The company invested $450 million over the last 10 years to reduce environmental impacts at its operations. At its Southeast Missouri Mines and Mills, Doe Run invested nearly $73 million over five years to construct water treatment plants, which use a chemical process to clean water from the operations before it is released to the environment. Doe Run established new processes and systems to achieve International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 environmental management certification at its six mines and four mills. Over the last 10 years, Doe Run also invested nearly $70 million remediating historical sites, including repurposing the site of its former smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri, as a shipping port.
Workplace safety continues to be a top priority for Doe Run. Across Doe Run’s operations, employees are trained to work safely and encouraged to take an active role in watching out for themselves and one another. In 2018, 10 Doe Run facilities achieved multiple years with no lost-time incidents.
The report also provides updates on Doe Run’s efforts to meet its commitments to workforce safety, the local economy and the community, including:
- Supported local communities by contributing to scholarships and STEM education programs at area schools and universities, and by donating property, valued at $1.6 million, for health care and emergency response services.
- Completed 31,000 hours of health and safety training.
- Became the first operation in the U.S. to deploy the Railveyor electric rail system in a production environment underground.
- Invested more than $181 million with nearly 700 Missouri vendors in 2018.
Doe Run’s 10th sustainability report contains Standard Disclosures from the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework – the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The company invites readers to share their views on the report and what they are most interested in through an online survey available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HVLBH86.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit www.doerun.com.