Reporting Process

Based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) definition of materiality, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) determines what information to include in its Sustainability Report based on a variety of methods, including third-party quantitative and qualitative research, one-on-one conversations, community meetings, tours, and special events. We include progress we have made on projects, processes or challenges that have significant economic, environmental, and social impact (both positive and negative) on our company, our stakeholders, and the industries that depend on lead-based products.

Doe Run initially adopted the GRI framework in 2009 as a response to research that indicated audiences wanted to know more about the company, its efforts to operate safely and its investments to limit its environmental impact. A Sustainability Governance Committee, established in 2012, was charged with implementing programs and processes to further integrate sustainability into Doe Run’s operations, including the indicators and processes reported in the Sustainability Report. These functions are now handled and reviewed by the executive team a minimum of four times a year. At the end of the year the executive team assigns a team from across all divisions to collect data and prepare the company’s annual Sustainability Report.

Several steps have helped Doe Run senior management and functional managers determine and improve materiality for our Sustainability Reports.

  • In 2012, Doe Run conducted extensive quantitative and qualitative research within the Missouri communities in which it operates to improve how it communicates with stakeholders, including through this report. The research identified the major issues facing citizens in the community to be the local economy, job opportunities, environmental responsibility and community involvement.
  • In 2014, Doe Run again conducted research within the Missouri communities surrounding its operations to determine any changes to the major issues facing the communities, and inform the reporting aspects material to stakeholders outside our organization. The research indicated that the local economy, job opportunities and environmental responsibility continued to be top concerns to community stakeholders, as well as the safety of Doe Run operations and the company’s involvement in the community. In addition, the company has received non-solicited phone calls from across the U.S. from citizens expressing concerns about the closure of the last primary lead smelter in the U.S. and its potential impact on access to lead material for security and outdoor activities.
  • In 2015, the Sustainability Governance Committee and Doe Run’s general managers identified the main challenges, accomplishments and progress within the company, including the business restructure and progress on environmental projects, workforce safety and the global market’s impact on business decisions.
  • Most recently, Doe Run conducted another round of community research in spring 2017. Respondents were asked to evaluate the company in the same areas identified in the 2012 and 2014 research. Once again, community members ranked jobs, wages and the economy as the most important issues facing the region. They expressed concerns about Doe Run’s tax appeal in Reynolds County and a perception of declining community involvement from the company. The responses also showed an improvement in Doe Run’s ability to meet its environmental obligations.
  • Based on these years of insights, Doe Run prioritized which aspects and data indicators are material both inside and outside the organization, and should be the focus of the 2017 report:
    • Community involvement at all operations
    • Employee health and safety at all operations
    • Environmental capital investment and performance, which relates to all operations
    • Workforce data for all operations
    • Direct economic impact from all operations and indirect economic impact from operations and supply chain

Identification and Selection of Stakeholders

Based on input and continued dialogue with our employees, communities, industry groups and regulatory bodies, we’ve determined our stakeholders consist of the following: community groups and leaders; property owners; neighboring residents; current and retired employees; local, state and federal government; business groups; nearby schools; and industry organizations.

Stakeholder Groups

  • Community Groups and Leaders
    Key Interests and Concerns

    Seek information related to local jobs, taxes and other support.

    Engagement Methods
    • Conducted community surveys in 2012, 2014 and 2017.
    • Provide feedback mechanism via annual Sustainability Report.
    • Maintain ongoing engagement through a number of community events.
    • Maintain involvement in various community organizations, including Viburnum Economic Development Area Corporation, Viburnum Lions Club, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Salem Chamber of Commerce, Sustaining Partners of Salem (The Community Resource Center), Reynolds County Rotary Club, Dent and Reynolds County Relay for Life, local school district organizations, and community sports teams.
    • Share company updates via news releases and annual Sustainability Report.
    • Provide free tours annually during Old Miners’ Days.
  • Property Owners and Neighboring Residents
    Key Interests and Concerns

    Seek information related to the potential impact of Doe Run’s operations on their land, such as environmental precautions, traffic, noise, etc. Also interested in employee safety.

    Engagement Methods
    • Conducted community surveys in 2012, 2014 and 2017.
    • Communicate directly with nearby residents if a situation arose.
    • Share company updates via news releases, local newspaper and radio interviews, and annual Sustainability Report.
    • Provide free tours annually during Old Miners’ Days.
  • Current and Retired Employees
    Key Interests and Concerns

    Seek information about business goals, operational performance, employee training, and health and safety.

    Engagement Methods
    • Conducted employee surveys in 2012, 2014 and 2017.
    • Hold regular employee meetings with managers.
    • Established cascading flow to share information with employees through managers, and to surface feedback from employees.
    • Publish quarterly employee newsletter mailed to homes to share company updates.
    • Hosted Retiree Pancake Breakfast in 2014 and 2016.
  • Local, State and Federal Government and Regulatory Agencies
    Key Interests and Concerns

    Both groups seek information about operational performance, specifically around environmental impact and health and safety. Local and state government is also deeply interested in the company’s economic impact, including jobs and taxes.

    Engagement Methods
    • Hosted Doe Run Day at the Capitol to interact with legislators in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 2015, and again in March 2017.
    • Regularly invite elected and regulatory officials to tour operations.
    • Participated in a survey for the federal Government Accountability Office, to help the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources understand the impact of federal policy on the industry.
    • Post online annual sustainability reports with detailed data on environmental, health and safety performance.
    • Meet regularly to address legacy issues and ongoing operations with Missouri Department of Natural Resources, EPA Region 7, and Natural Resources Trustees.
  • Business Groups
    Key Interests and Concerns

    Seek information related to the company’s economic impact in the area, including supplier partnerships.

    Engagement Methods
    • Maintain involvement with local business groups, including Viburnum Economic Development Area Corporation, Viburnum Lions Club, Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Salem Chamber of Commerce.
    • Share company updates via news releases and the annual Sustainability Report.
  • Nearby School Districts and Colleges
    Key Interests and Concerns

    Seek information related to funding that benefits schools. Also seek information to inform and educate students to mining and minerals, and training for students who want to enter the mining profession.

    Engagement Methods
    • Maintain ongoing partnerships with local colleges, including the Missouri University of Science and Technology and Mineral Area College, including donations toward key programs.
    • Provide financial support for STEM-related education in local schools, including Valley R-VI school district’s Project Lead The Way.
    • Offer minerals education programs at local school districts.
    • Offer internships and job training.
    • Engage in informal conversations with teachers and administrators through involvement in mineral education workshops, backpack donation programs, Career Days and other partnerships with schools.
    • Share company updates via news releases and the annual Sustainability Report.
  • Industry Organizations
    Key Interests and Concerns

    Seek information and best practices related to economic, environmental and social performance.

    Engagement Methods
    • Hold Board or Executive Committee positions on:
      • International Lead Association (ILA); Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR); Battery Council International (BCI); The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC); Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME)
    • Assist industry organizations with initiatives to further the industry.

Open communications with our internal and external stakeholders helps us share achievements and challenges. It also helps Doe Run understand what actions and information our stakeholders need from us. We strive to maintain open communication with stakeholders both inside and outside the company. Our Sustainability Reports and our online survey are two channels for this communication.

To share feedback with Doe Run, contact communityinfo@doerun.com, and please consider answering a few questions via our online survey.