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SINGAPORE, Jan. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- (S&P Global Ratings) -- S&P Global Ratings today assigned Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. an ESG Evaluation of 66. The company's ESG Evaluation is the result of an ESG profile of 58 combined with Strong preparedness. Higher numbers indicate stronger sustainability in our evaluations. The ESG Evaluation report is available here.
The ESG Evaluation of 66 reflects our view that Fortescue has robust ESG management practices and hence a credible ambition to address its high environmental and social exposure.
The company has well-articulated net-zero targets for its direct and indirect carbon emissions, but its efforts toward downstream decarbonization remain fairly nascent. In an industry that is as exposed to transition risks as it is to safety incidents, health and safety has been a key focus for the company, with below-average injury and fatality rates for a few years. In addition, Fortescue invests heavily in communities through hiring and sourcing contracts, and engages actively with local indigenous people, in line with its vision to generate lasting socio-economic benefits where it operates. Finally, Fortescue's governance reflects its high transparency and reconciles the strong rule of law in Australia, which is its country of incorporation and operations, with the company's large revenue exposure to China, which has less established governance standards.
Fortescue is well prepared to remain resilient to disruptions, especially the energy transition, given the board's acute understanding of material risks in the industry, coupled with its extensive investments in green and renewable energy.
Fortescue is the fourth-largest iron ore producer globally, with 182.2 million tonnes shipped from its three mining hubs in the Pilbara region of Western Australia during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021. In that year, the company generated 90% of its revenue from China and employed 10,164 people.
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