Vedanta Resources is a London Stock Exchange listed, globally diversified natural resources company with interests in Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Aluminium, Power and Oil & Gas.Our exploration portfolio from all the four continents that we operate in, follows a history of consistent geological discovery. With a business model of growth, constant value creation and improved operations, the company's vision is focussed towards building the wealth of our shareholders and sustainably engaging the community we operate in.
At the broadest level, we do this by directly and indirectly employing over 80,000 people, with the majority drawn from the surrounding communities of each of our operations* This is in addition to our contribution to the countries we operate in through the timely payments of our tax obligations. We contributed US$ 4.6 billion to our host governments through direct and indirect taxes and royalties. In addition we have spent US$ 42 million in community investments.
We work towards minimizing the effect of our operations on the environment and to maximise the benefits for the local communities, while respecting their laws and customs. To ensure a long-term future of the Group, we have adopted systematic exploration and resource development practices as we constantly strive to add to our Reserves and Resources.