Community

We are committed to delivering lasting social and economic benefits in the communities in which we operate.

Since 2006, we’ve invested more than $90 million in partnerships across New South Wales and Queensland.

We support community groups and events, in large partnerships and small community based projects – all done voluntarily, over and above regulatory requirements.

Significant contributions

We are committed to supporting the communities that host our operations.

We do so through active engagement, and by building partnerships that can deliver improvements to:

Education
We sponsor improved educational outcomes in local and regional communities throughout Australia.
Health
We contribute to programs and facilities that encourage healthy lifestyles and better health care.
Environment
We partner innovative, impactful and collaborative projects which contribute to a healthy environment.
Identified local need
We consult with local groups to identify and support ventures that improve community wellbeing.
Indigenous

We support Close the Gap initiatives in health, education and employment pathways for First Nations Australians.

Additional needs are identified in community planning at a local or regional level.

Building the capacity of our communities and making meaningful change include supporting education/training, enterprise development and economic diversity initiatives.

Stakeholder engagement

Building relationships and communications based on integrity, cooperation, transparency and mutual benefit is important to us.

This commitment extends to our people, customers, suppliers, governments and the wider community.

We have the courage to do what’s right, even when it’s hard. We do what we say and treat each other fairly and with respect.

Glencore operations provide grievance and conflict resolution processes for the community to raise concerns and provide feedback.

Indigenous engagement

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as first Australians and respect their rights and interests in Australia’s lands and waters.

We recognise the unique relationship of Indigenous peoples with the environment. We engage in good faith negotiation, seeking relationships based on respect, meaningful engagement, trust and mutual benefit.

Our vision is to develop and maintain genuine sustainable partnerships through:

  • open communication
  • cultural heritage awareness and management
  • education and skills development
  • employment opportunities
  • community development programs.

The communities close to our operations are our neighbours, our business partners and our workforce, both current and future.

Working in collaboration with our communities, we can maximise the positive benefits of our activities and avoid or minimise potential negative impacts.

Gulawa Scholarship Program

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Galuwa Scholarship Program

We've provided almost $2 million for 130 scholarships into this valuable program to help Indigenous students realise their potential through the Galuwa Scholarship Program, a unique partnership with the New South Wales Department of Education.

Glencore Coal’s Community Investment Program supports activities and programs that make a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate.

We are Australia’s largest coal producer with mining complexes across New South Wales and Queensland.

In New South Wales we operate in the Singleton, Muswellbrook and Mid-Western Local Government Areas. In Queensland our operational regions are Glenden, Collinsville/Scottville, Tieri/Capella, Springsure/ Rolleston, Nebo/Pioneer Valley, Wandoan/Taroom and Clermont.

To receive funding through this program, applicants must demonstrate how their initiative will make a positive contribution to these communities.

Community initiatives must fall within at least one of the following focus areas: health, environment, education and training, Indigenous and/or an identified local need. 

Eligibility for community investment

To be eligible, the application must:

  • be from a not-for-profit, incorporated organisation operating a separate, auditable organisational bank account
  • demonstrate the organisation’s ability to manage the proposed project/activity in a professional manner
  • primarily benefit at least one of the communities where we operate (as per above)
  • address a substantiated need in the community
  • demonstrate how the initiative will directly benefit the local community
  • demonstrate a high level of community involvement - i.e. be widely beneficial to the community
  • demonstrate financial sustainability - i.e. not become reliant on ongoing funding from Glencore
  • have clearly defined outputs, timeframes and budgets
  • be received at least eight (8) weeks prior to the planned project/activity implementation.

What will not be considered?

Glencore Coal will not consider applications for support of:

  • political parties or organisations, politicians or candidates for public office
  • individuals; including those seeking support for activities such as academic studies, competing in a sporting event, travel or raising funds for another organisation
  • ‘for profit’ organisations
  • senior sporting clubs
  • touring sporting or cultural groups or individuals
  • religious activities
  • any activities that are exclusive to a single faith community
  • conferences or speakers at conferences
  • where production or distribution of advertising or marketing material is the main component of the project
  • ongoing operating costs of an organisation - i.e. staff, operational expenses, insurances, phones, cars, etc
  • projects or activities that do not demonstrate financial sustainability
  • projects or activities that are the responsibility of government
  • overseas appeals
  • research projects
  • projects or activities that have already been completed (retrospective funding).

Community Investment Program

Glencore Coal’s Community Investment program is about creating long-term change by building capacity in the communities in which we operate. See the partnerships and programs we’ve supported in recent years.

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We partner with a range of organisations and groups to support activities and programs that make a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate.

Learn more about our partners and the incredible work they’re doing for our communities.

RACQ CQ Rescue

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Galuwa project

The Galuwa Scholarship Program is transforming the lives of Indigenous students by supporting them in their transition from primary to high school.

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Star Struck

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Tocal College

Glencore has been providing scholarships to selected students at Tocal College since 2017, enabling them to pursue an exciting career in agriculture.

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Aussie Ark

Aussie Ark is working hard to rewrite the fate of Australia's endangered mammals and Glencore is proud to support the cause.

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Northern hairy-nosed wombat program

A multi-million-dollar partnership between Glencore and the Queensland Department of Environment and Science is helping to rebuild the northern hairy-nosed wombat species.

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Healthy Beginnings for HNEKids

Healthy Beginnings for HNEKids harnesses the power of technology to deliver timely and tailored guidance direct to new families via text message.

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Royal Far West

Royal Far West, in partnership with Glencore, is on a mission to ensure children have access to the developmental health services they need to thrive.

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HunterWISE

HunterWiSE empowers young girls in STEM by offering them the chance to collaborate with industry experts and mentors, honing their essential STEM abilities.

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Capella State High School StarFM

The regional town of Capella is now home to a community of budding radio announcers thanks to a Glencore P&C grant worth $15,000.

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