We are committed to building respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with communities near our operations. By working with community leaders, business owners, non-government organizations, government and industry we can provide the catalyst for long-term social and economic growth.
In addition to the community development programs and investments, a dedicated community relations team is based at each of our mine sites to encourage ongoing dialogue with all our stakeholders to ensure our operations contribute positively to the community’s growth.
Social Impact Assessments (SIA)
Every five years, we conduct extensive research on the impact of our operations through social impact assessments. These assessments include collecting insights and feedback from residents and other stakeholders on the impact of Boddington’s mining operation and the future needs of the community across Boddington’s extended mine life. The most recent assessment (2011) revealed that Boddington was a preferred mine site, offering employees an ideal work location and Iifestyle. We use this and other information gathered through the SIAs to develop and shape community relations plans.
Our relationships with the communities around our projects and operations are critical to the success and sustainability of our business. To ensure that these communities benefit from our presence we invest in projects and initiatives that focus on community capacity building, health, farming and agriculture, education and civil and public infrastructure.
Other investments are made in the form of grants to community groups, in addition to in-kind donations. In the past, these investments have provided support to organizations such as the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, Dwellingup Childrens’ Playground, the Boddington Centenary event, Lion’s Rodeo Weekend, as well as to local sporting clubs and organisations. We also match, dollar-for-dollar, our employees’ personal donations to not-for-profit and other community organisations.
As part of our strong relationship and commitment with the Aboriginal People of Australia, and in recognition of their native title rights, Newmont Boddington Gold negotiated a land access agreement. The Mooditj Booja Community Partnership Agreement is a commitment to support the capacity and capability of the Gnaala Karla Booja people through employment and training, protection of heritage, and access fund paid to a trust for the betterment of the traditional owners present and future.