Our stakeholders are those people or organisations who affect, or are affected by, our operations. Companies do not operate in isolation from society and our stakeholders have a legitimate interest in the way we do business.

By involving stakeholders in key decisions that shape day-to-day operations, we gain an understanding of current and emerging issues and can best balance interests and improve our performance. We recognise that clear, effective and honest communications with our stakeholders enhances the transparency of our business and demonstrates our commitment to being accountable.

In short, actively engaging our stakeholders underpins all our efforts to be a more sustainable company.

In this section we list our stakeholders, describe how we engage with them and outline partnerships we have with particular organisations. The Focus 2007 section highlights how we are engaging stakeholders in our supply chain and reaching out to government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well.