company executive said South32 intends to disclose future deaths that occur in environments where the company doesn’t have direct control in its annual sustainability report, though it still won’t classify them as an occupational fatality, which would affect bonuses.
In its annual report, for the financial year ending June 2019, South32 said an absence of reported fatalities was a factor in awarding executive bonuses. Mr. Kerr, the CEO, was awarded pay, including bonuses, of around $4.9 million for 2019. Three years earlier, the company shaved up to 24% off his bonus as a result of deaths at the miner.
“If they are claiming their bonuses for saying they are casualty free, I believe they are not acknowledging Mark’s death,” Mr. Roberts’ brother, Dean, told the Journal.
Other miners reported zero fatalities, despite employees dying in work-related accidents.