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Delphi-Distomon SA

The second largest bauxite producer in Greece and in Europe.

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For DELPHI-DISTOMON, the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility is closely linked to its growth and business practices. The Company’s ceaseless efforts in this area are expressed by its contribution to the economic growth of the local communities, where it operates, by its care to ensure a safe and modern working environment for its employees, and by its ongoing initiatives aimed at protecting the natural environment and reducing its environmental footprint.

DELPHI-DISTOMON SA company operates in the mining of bauxite from underground mines.

Due to its form, activity and size, as well as its proximity to areas of particular environmental sensitivity which are protected by the Natura 2000 network, as well as to the Delphi archaeological site and the Parnassos National Park, the company has multiple environmental interests.

Within the frame of its perspective for sustainable development, respect for the environment is a priority of equal importance to the safety of its Personnel, its financial performance and its Customer satisfaction.

For this reason, the company’s Management examines and establishes an environmental policy that forms the basis for an Environmental Management System (EMS) in line with the requirements of the international ISO 14001 standard.

According to this policy, the Company is committed to:

  • the fulfillment of all compliance obligations (all applicable legal requirements).
  • the protection of the Environment, including the prevention of pollution during the execution of its productive operations, through the adoption of preventive measures that address any possible risk of permanent or incidental pollution or environmental accident and through the establishment of action plans for the reduction or elimination of the potential impact of environmental accidents.
  • the particular commitment to the exploitation of all rainfall water and groundwater from underground sites.
  • the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • the continuous improvement of its EMS in order to keep improving its environmental performance.
  • the incorporation of environmental criteria in its decision-making process.

The Environmental Policy is at the disposal of all stakeholders and is regularly reviewed by the Administration.

 

For DELPHI-DISTOMON, the health and safety of its employees is a top priority. As a result, the Company has one of the lowest accident incidence/severity rates in the mining sector.

The Company’s goal and daily commitment is “ZERO ACCIDENTS AND ZERO OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES”.

In line with the above, by establishing and constantly improving a Health & Safety Management System in accordance with the ELOT 1801:2007 Greek Standard, the Management of the Company is working to ensure the continuous improvement of working conditions.

The core commitments of this System are the following:

  • To identify and assess occupational hazards under normal and, especially, under exceptional conditions of operation, and to adopt measures to eliminate or mitigate them.
  • To comply with the provisions of the laws on Occupational Health & Safety and with the applicable standards and internal procedures and guidelines.
  • To establish open, transparent and ongoing communication regarding all Occupational Health & Safety issues.
  • To measure and evaluate regularly the levels of exposure to harmful factors, to make systematic efforts to reduce these levels and monitor the health of employees continuously.
  • To carry out consistent and regular inspections of the processes in place, as well as of the related organisation and guidelines, with the aim of ensuring their continuous updating and improvement, and to guarantee adherence to the regulations and achievement of the targets, as these are set each time.
  • To provide all Company personnel and associates with training on safety issues.

The conscious commitment made by the Company’s Management and by all its personnel and associates is to maintain Occupational Health & Safety as our top priority – all the time, everywhere. This commitment is a key condition for the continuous improvement of our performance. As a result of this conscious commitment, DELPHI-DISTOMON is today ranked as one of the sector’s top performers globally in Occupational Health & Safety.

Health and Safety concern us all.

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Rehabilitation of Mining Exploitations

Before each new mining activity begins, Environmental Impact and Environmental Rehabilitation Studies are carried out and used as the basis, not only for the mining phase, but also for the rehabilitation phase. On a preliminary basis, the points where mining will take place, to be followed by rehabilitation, are pinpointed with precision, and the planning for each mining exploitation is developed taking into account the need to minimise alterations to the natural environment and the landscape. A detailed mapping of the form and type of the vegetation is also carried out, so that rehabilitation can be basedon the unique features of the local ecosystem.

In most cases, the duration of the activities for rehabilitating the landscape of a mining exploitation depends on(κενό)the area’s climate, terrain and soil. Rehabilitation begins by backfilling the points, where excavations were made, using sterile materials obtained from the mining operations, which are transported from temporary storage locations. The area under rehabilitation is then landscaped by configuring the materials placed, according to the features of the landscape and to the provisions of the approved study. Where required, the soil is enriched with earth purchased or carried over from other locations for this purpose, and the areas under rehabilitation are fenced in order to protect the vegetation. When sowing and planting are completed, an irrigation network is installed for maintenance of the plants, which remain under constant care for a number of years, while the plants that do not flourish are replaced.

45 years of rehabilitation activities

DELPHI-DISTOMON is systematically involved in rehabilitation activities since 1972, and all its completed mining exploitation sites have been rehabilitated. The Company’s activities in this area can be summarised as follows:

  • Rehabilitation of 25 underground and 15 surface mining exploitations totalling 2,290,000 sq.m. (229 hectares). Rehabilitation is currently in progress for another 7 mining exploitations totalling 610,000 sq.m. (61 hectares)
  • Planting of 1,124,000 seedlings (till 31.12.2017)
  • Installation of 72,500 m of fencing and of 678 km of irrigation systems
  • Handing over of 882,000 sq.m. (88,2 hectares) of rehabilitated forest land to the competent Forestry Departments
  • Collaboration with known design firms on the Environmental Impact Studies and Environmental Rehabilitation Studies
  • Permanent collaboration with specialised laboratories, organisations and Universities
  • Selection of associates with suitable specialisations and many years of experience