Glencore’s approach to sustainability addresses the key pillars of health, safety, environment, community and human rights. We are wholly owned by Glencore and we manage the impacts and potential impacts of our activities, in line with Glencore’s sustainability framework.
We have a comprehensive community relations strategy encompassing strong relationships built over many years. We acknowledge we are an integral part of the communities in which we operate and that building long-term partnerships is essential for our success.
Through our Community Involvement Policy, we develop and nurture community relations built on communication, mutual understanding and respect. We acknowledge and act on our responsibility to contribute to local communities.
We ensure our community stakeholders are regularly informed about, and have the means to provide input into, our current operations and the impact our activities and potential activities may have on their interests. We engage in informal and formal meetings and briefings as required and gather feedback on community needs and concerns.
We regularly update our Indigenous stakeholders about our operations through the Murrin Murrin Aboriginal Environmental Liaison Committee (MMAELC). This consultative committee provides a forum for attendees to raise any issues or concerns about our operations as well as those of local communities. Operating over the life of our operations, the forum is an important part of our relationship with Indigenous stakeholders.
We have been long-term members of the Laverton Cross Cultural Association, an incorporated, not for profit, community hub based in Laverton. The association was established in 1997 to be a training and support centre for locally based mining companies seeking to upskill and employ Aboriginal people from Laverton and surrounding communities. Partners in this collaborative project were local Aboriginal corporations, mining companies and government training organisations.
We have collaborated with Association members and other community stakeholders to maintain the relevance of this association for the community, including increased focus on youth engagement and development activities. The association is home to meeting spaces, a workshop and the Laverton Outback Gallery that has been operating since 2002 at the request of local people as an outlet for Aboriginal art to be displayed and marketed fairly.
The community assistance we provide to local communities in the areas of education and training, health, community and social issues is important to us. We regularly assist local organisations such as schools, police, agencies, clubs, community centres, Shires and local action groups with community focussed events, activities and partnerships.
Our Minara Community Foundation was established in 2007 for the long-term benefit of the people in the northern Goldfields region, in particular communities near our operations.
Minara Community Foundation has assisted the northern Goldfields community with over $2.3 million in grants across 117 projects since 2008.