Anglo American has announced the donation of $100 million (£72 million) to support the sustainability work of its Anglo American Foundation.

The De Beers owner’s foundation focuses on accelerating progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), placing a particular importance on programmes that empower women, youth and vulnerable groups in Anglo American’s host communities and countries of operation.

By partnering with non-profit, public and private organisations, the Anglo American Foundation supports health, education, economic, good governance and environmental projects aligned with the goals of Anglo American’s Sustainable Mining Plan.

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Duncan Wanblad, chair of the Anglo American Foundation, said: “The Anglo American Foundation does incredible work that makes a real and lasting difference in communities around the world.

“This special $100 million contribution from Anglo American will help us take the scale of what we can deliver to an entirely new level, funding more ambitious
and longer term projects.

“Our Foundation is aligned with the spirit of Anglo American’s purpose – to re-imagine mining to improve people’s lives.

“It also reflects our ethos of partnership, charitable giving and volunteering, which are deeply embedded into our company’s DNA and which have mattered like never before as we responded to the pandemic and look ahead to the recovery phase.”

The company says its foundation may use the money on areas such as the environment, community health, education and skills, livelihoods and more.

Anik Michaud, group director of corporate relations and sustainable impact for Anglo American, also a trustee of the Foundation, said: “As a leader in the global mining industry, and given our ever more essential role to deliver the future-enabling metals and minerals for a decarbonised and consumer-centric world, it is also our duty to be responsible and responsive to society’s wider needs.

“Building on the exemplary work in 2020 to help safeguard the lives and livelihoods of our colleagues and those in our local communities through our global WeCare programme, we see this donation as an opportunity to accelerate the Anglo American Foundation’s work at a critical time for so many of our stakeholders, including our planet.

“Creating a healthy environment and thriving communities have never been more urgent.”