Working responsibly

Our approach

We are committed to working responsibly as part of a strategy to deliver value for all stakeholders. This means working in a safe, secure, and environmentally and socially responsible manner.

Our values

Everything we do is guided by our core values, which we call the ‘3Rs’:

  • Building Respect: We act with respect for people, the communities we work in, the environment, human rights and the law.
  • Nurturing Relationships: We act honestly, transparently, and with integrity to develop strong and lasting relationships with all our stakeholders.
  • Acting Responsibly: We behave fairly and ethically, and are accountable for our actions. We believe in, and act on, our responsibility to care for people, society and the environment.

Our Business Principles

Along with our core values, our long-established Business Principles frame how we work, helping us to manage risks and behave ethically and responsibly to people, to the environment and to wider society.


Responsible Governance. We manage risk and seek to continually improve. We behave honestly and fairly, with integrity and in a sustainable manner. Behaving Responsibly Towards the Environment, Behaving Responsibly to People and Behaving Responsibly to Society

Our Business Principles are integrated into our systems and processes, including our Corporate Responsibility Management System (CRMS) and Capricorn Operating Standards. They are expressed in our Code of Ethics.

Prioritising issues

Managing the environmental and social governance issues affecting our business and our stakeholders is fundamental to working responsibly.

Every two years, we carry out focused engagement with our stakeholders to feed back on the issues we have identified as material to the business.

In alternate years, we conduct an externally assured review of our materiality process and assessment. In 2021, internal and external stakeholders engaged on 61 material issues – including a new issue, Decommissioning – in terms of significance to Capricorn’s economic, environmental and social impact, and assessed their relevant position in our materiality matrix. This determined ‘high’ material sustainability for inclusion in our 2021 Annual Report and Accounts.

‘High’ and ‘medium’ materiality issues are covered in more depth in our Sustainability Report.

Working with our stakeholders

Listening to our stakeholders enables us to take their interests into account and respond to their concerns in a structured way.

We seek to gain stakeholder input in many ways:

  • presenting to investment analysts, investors and shareholders;
  • feedback from investor, analyst and rating agency assessments;
  • partnering with contractors and suppliers;
  • participating at industry events; and
  • briefing employees.

We respond to individuals and organisations on a wide range of issues, including company strategy and performance, diversity, remuneration, the global energy transition, safety and accident prevention, and biodiversity. At a project level, we develop and maintain bespoke Stakeholder Engagement Plans to help

  • identify stakeholder concerns;
  • understand risks;
  • identify and manage actions to mitigate
    those risks; and
  • communicate effectively.

See the stakeholder engagement section in our Annual Report and Accounts for further information

Review our environmental indices

2021 GRI content Index

2021 SASB Index

2021 UNGC Index