The identification and management of Aboriginal heritage is fundamental to Fortescue's approach to operating sustainably and our ongoing commitment to protect and promote Aboriginal history and culture.
Our commitment to protecting Aboriginal heritage is enshrined in our values and measured against four pillars:
Fortescue considers these pillars critical to our focus of ensuring compliance with legislation and agreements, fostering and protecting stakeholder relationships and allowing Fortescue to understand and sustainably manage the Aboriginal cultural landscape.
Fortescue consults closely with our Native Title Partners (NTPs) and State and Federal Government to responsibly manage Aboriginal heritage, ensure the protection of Aboriginal culture and heritage sites and comply with all applicable legislation.
We continue to build on our strong, long-standing relationships with Native Title Partners (NTP) across the Pilbara. We have Land Access Agreements (LAAs) in place with seven Native Title groups in the Pilbara region:
In 2018, Fortescue completed the process of converting our three earliest LAAs with the Kariyarra, Palyku and Nyiyaparli Native Title claim groups into Indigenous Land Use Agreements, offering these groups the opportunity to work more closely with us to deliver greater opportunities to their communities.