As an essential business during the 2020 pandemic, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) operated continuously while still keeping safety and sustainability top of mind. The company’s most recent sustainability report, available at sustainability.doerun.com, highlights how it made progress on its environmental performance, workforce safety and community engagement commitments during a challenging year.
“This past year emphasized how necessary lead and lead batteries are to society’s infrastructure, from providing back-up power to hospitals, to keeping people connected virtually through telecommunications networks, to starting the trucks that delivered essential products throughout the country,” said Jerry Pyatt, Doe Run CEO. “Our mining and lead battery recycling activities didn’t miss a beat as we supported these critical activities in a sustainable fashion.”
Doe Run’s 12th sustainability report recaps the company’s 2020 performance on 15 key indicators in 10 categories. The report also covers the following highlights from 2020:
Doe Run’s daily personal protective equipment and hygiene requirements positioned the company to quickly adapt to the added challenges of working as an essential business during a pandemic. New protocols, like social distancing and contact tracing, helped protect employees, with no known instances in 2020 of employees contracting the virus at work.
Meanwhile, the pandemic didn’t halt Doe Run’s core safety activities. Companywide, employees completed nearly 16,000 hours of environmental, health and safety training in 2020, some done virtually or by video feed to avoid large groups.
Several locations also achieved significant safety milestones, with no lost-time accidents in 23 years at Sweetwater Mill, 16 years aboveground at Sweetwater Mine, 14 years at the SEMO port and 13 years at Brushy Creek Mill.
Over the past 10 years, Doe Run invested more than $582 million on projects to reduce environmental impact, including more than $100 million dedicated to remediating former mine sites.
Supporting local schools continues to be a priority, and in 2020, Doe Run donated nearly $84,000 to fund science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs and scholarships for elementary through college-level students. In total, Doe Run has donated more than $2 million to its neighboring communities over the past 10 years.
Doe Run contributes $1.2 billion in annual economic impact to Missouri, including spending $164 million with 678 Missouri businesses in 2020.
Doe Run’s sustainability report contains Standard Disclosures from the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework – the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). These disclosures consist of data about environmental performance, health and safety performance, workforce composition, and economic impact. 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/GPS3MQT.