We continued to make progress in implementing our Sustainable Procurement Charter with selected suppliers during 2015 and by the end of the year 83% of selected suppliers had acknowledged adherence to the charter. We continued to implement measures to demonstrate the conflict-free nature of the gold we produce and obtained or renewed third party certification for our major refining and recycling operations.
By the end of 2015, 99% of our industrial sites had deployed plans regarding accountability to the local community.
We continued to provide support for a number of external development partnerships, the most significant of which is with UNICEF. We continued to support the Powered by Umicore initiative to support student sustainable mobility projects in universities in Belgium, Germany and the USA.