The paper "Identification of Sustainability Initiatives in Anglo American Plc" is a perfect example of a management case study. Sustainability has become an area of increased interest in organizations. Dillard, Dujon, and King (2008, p. 2) define sustainability as the policies and practices adopted by a business to minimize negative environmental impacts and promoting social and economic wellbeing of the society. Because of the increased importance of sustainability in the present-day society, businesses are increasingly making sustainability an integral part of the business model. Sustainability is currently seen as a source of business competitive.
There are typically three pillars of sustainability under the triple bottom line (TBL) model namely economic, social and environmental sustainability. Goldie and Furnace (2005, p. 16) suggest that a company needs to balance the three to ensure sustainable development. Anglo American Plc is one of the companies that have recognized the importance of sustainability and made it part of the company’ s business model (Anglo American 2016). This paper analyzes Anglo American sustainability initiatives and their authenticity and proceeds to analyze their contribution to enhancing positive social and human outcome for human resources.
The third part of the paper will analyze the ways in which the outcome of the initiatives might differ for the same initiatives in a different business context. Identification of Sustainability Initiatives and Their Authenticity Anglo American Plc is one of the leading mining companies in the world. The company was founded in 1999 and has grown to become a global brand with operations in South Africa, Colombia, Australia, Colombia, Venezuela and China (Anglo American 2016). Like most companies in the mining industry, Anglo American understands that the impacts of its operations on the society and the environment and have adopted a number of initiatives that seek to promote sustainability.
According to the case study, the Anglo American sustainability initiative is in the area of promoting the health and wellbeing of its employees and the population in the areas where it operates. The triple bottom line (TBL) model states that sustainability requires advancing economic, social and environmental wellbeing (Goldie and Furnass 2005, p. 41). However, this case indicates that Anglo American has focused mainly on the area of social sustainability. HIV/Aids are one of the health problems that affect the employees and the communities where Anglo American Company operates.
Therefore, the case indicates that the company has taken it upon itself to promote social sustainability by focusing on the promotion of health and wellbeing of the people in its areas of operation by fighting HIV/Aids epidemic. The company started its fight against HIV/AIDS in 1990 by coming up with the company’ s HIV/AIDS policy that recognized that HIV/AIDS is an epidemic that is needed to tackle to promote the health and wellbeing not just of its employees, but also their families and the communities.
The company has been tackling HIV/AIDS particularly in South Africa where the disease has reached an epidemic level through a campaign that focuses on promoting voluntary counseling and testing. The case indicates that the firm provides an education programme to the employees and the community by sensitizing them about HIV/AIDS and the measures that they need to take to avoid contracting the virus. To promote testing, the company has set up VCT centers in the company and in the community, where employees and the community can be tested and educated about the disease.