Anglo American’s strong commitment to investing in and partnering with local communities worldwide has been recognised by the CommunityMark award, which is endorsed by the UK government and is the only national standard that publicly recognises excellence in community investment. Anglo is the first mining company to receive this accolade and CEO Cynthia Carroll sees it as “a tribute to the remarkable work performed by all our employees on projects, sites, mines and in communities throughout the world, and the partnerships formed with various non-governmental organisations.“Operating our businesses in a socially and environmentally responsible way, and earning and deserving trust, are fundamental to our licence to operate, and to delivering long-term value to our investors. We will continue to partner to best effect, and ensure that our operations are conducted in a socially beneficial manner.” she added.Business in the Community took into account the views of Anglo American’s community partners, surveying them in an effort to ensure the Group is living up to its core values. Business in the Community, Chief Executive Stephen Howard commended Anglo American for wining the award: “Investing in communities is integral to commercial success in any economic climate, bringing long-term sustainable benefits to both businesses and communities. We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of Anglo American, and welcome them into the impressive group, all of whom have demonstrated innovation and leadership in community investment.”The CommunityMark Awards recognise companies that have demonstrated excellence in their approach across five community investment principles. In these principles, companies identify the social issues that are most pressing to the communities in which they work, and work in partnership with them, leveraging combined expertise for mutual benefit. These companies also plan and manage community investment, inspire and engage employees, customers and suppliers to support community programs, and measure and evaluate the difference that the investment has in the community and on business. There are a total of 34 CommunityMark companies, ranging from leading banks and retailers, to energy providers, professional services firms and small businesses.