New World Resources Plc (‘NWR’ or ‘the Company’) is pleased to announce that it has published its first Sustainability Report (the ‘Report’), which has been compiled in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (‘GRI’) at Application Level A. The Report comprehensively describes the economic, environmental and social impacts and benefits of NWR’s activities in 2011.
Drawn up as a strategic document that supplements and expands upon NWR’s Annual Report and Accounts 2011, the Report is intended for the Company’s key stakeholders and will be published annually.
The 2011 Report has been compiled in line with the G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines 2006, including the Mining and Metals Sector Supplement, and has been verified by the GRI Secretariat in Amsterdam.
‘Sustainable development is at the heart of our business strategy and is the key to our long-term commercial success. That is why we strive to engage all our stakeholders in continuous dialogue so as to maintain and reinforce our social licence to operate. This Report is part of that engagement: it is a distillation of what we do as a matter of course,’ said Mike Salamon, Executive Chairman of NWR. ‘Our decision to publish an annual Sustainability Report builds on our commitment to transparency and openness, and contributes to the nascent debate on corporate sustainability reporting in the Czech Republic and Poland.’
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New World Resources Plc is one of Central Europe’s leading hard coal and coke producers. NWR produces quality coking and thermal coal for the steel and energy sectors in Central Europe through its subsidiary OKD, the largest hard coal mining company in the Czech Republic. NWR's coke subsidiary OKK, is Europe's largest producer of foundry coke. NWR currently has development projects in Poland and Czech Republic, which form part of NWR's regional growth strategy. NWR is a FTSE 250 company, with listings in London, Prague and Warsaw.
GRI is a non-profit organisation that promotes and supports sustainable development, and provides all companies and organisations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world. The reporting methodology distinguishes three Application Levels: C, B and A, where Application Level A is the highest level.
Disclaimer and Cautionary Note on Forward Looking Statements and Notes on Certain Other Matter
Certain statements in this document are not historical facts and are or are deemed to be “forward-looking”. The Company’s prospects, plans, financial position and business strategy, and statements pertaining to the capital resources, future expenditure for development projects and results of operations, may constitute forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology including, but not limited to; “may”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “foresee”, “will”, “could”, “may”, “might”, “believe” or “continue” or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other facts that may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future and may be beyond NWR’s ability to control or predict. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performances.
Factors, risk and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected include, but are not limited to, the following: risks relating to changes in political, economic and social conditions in the Czech Republic, Poland and the CEE region; future prices and demand for the Company's products, and demand for the Company's customers' products; coal mine reserves; remaining life of the Company's mines; coal production; trends in the coal industry and domestic and international coal market conditions; risks in coal mining operations; future expansion plans and capital expenditures; the Company's relationship with, and conditions affecting, the Company's customers; competition; railroad and other transportation performance and costs; availability of specialist and qualified workers; and weather conditions or catastrophic damage; risks relating to Czech or Polish law, regulations and taxation, including laws, regulations, decrees and decisions governing the coal mining industry, the environment and currency and exchange controls relating to Czech and Polish entities and their official interpretation by governmental and other regulatory bodies and by the courts; and risks relating to global economic conditions and the global economic environment. Additional risk factors are as described in the Company’s annual report.
Forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this document. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release, publicly or otherwise, any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained in this report to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, assumptions or circumstances on which any such statement is based unless so required by applicable law.