Social responsibility is a fundamental part of our business and we have a strong commitment to supporting and empowering our host communities and indigenous groups
Each our mine follows a consultation framework with its host communities to allow for collaborative and ongoing engagement. Leaving a positive legacy for our host communities is our absolute priority. It is our core criteria prior to making any final investment decision across all of our operations.
Nordgold’s comprehensive entity-wide framework for managing social performance is overseen by the Board’s Safety and Sustainable Development Committee, together with the Director of ESG.ESG Governance
Our approach to community relations is based on the following policies, which help us to build and maintain relationships of mutual respect and trust with all our stakeholders in each country where we operate.
- Community Relations Policy
- Policy on Corporate Social Development Programmes
- Nordgold Transparency and Community Consultation Guidance
These policies ensure that we engage with local communities on an ongoing basis and that we have in place a comprehensive set of robust internal standards and practices that are in line with — and often surpass — domestic regulations.
We also conduct regular meetings with local authorities, political and spiritual leaders, youth and women’s associations to identify the specific needs of each community and to agree on and fund projects that help these communities.
One of Nordgold’s core values is an unwavering respect for human rights. We do not tolerate any violations of human rights; everywhere we work we respect and support all internationally recognised human rights codes.
What we do for local communities
Nordgold is member of UN Global Compact. We align our social programmes with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and create the conditions for improving local people’s living standards.
We deliver economic and social benefits to the regions and local communities, including through employment, small business and local supply chain development, tax, royalty and dividend streams. We also strive to provide access to education and healthcare services, as well as support initiatives which our communities can sustain long after our mines are closed.
Taking care of the environment and of biodiversity is another important and significant way in which Nordgold supports and develops the well-being of local regions. We are convinced that by funding projects to support ecosystems and biodiversity around our mines, Nordgold contributes to the sustainable development of the regionsDiscover more
We improve medical access for our staff and host communities. This includes ongoing investments in healthcare infrastructure and in supporting local communities in combating COVID-19 and malaria.Discover more
We consider quality education to be the most important driver of economic development and, as such, believe that a good school education should be accessible to all children. We help contribute to the development of school education in all of our local communities.Discover more
Nordgold believes that only through the development of more prosperous and empowered communities can it gain and maintain its social and legal licence to operate. We strive to ensure that local people can take advantage of the benefits we provide.Discover more
We ensure respect for human rights and promote productive, respectful, and mutually beneficial relationships with employees, suppliers and communities.Discover more
We pay special attention to interacting with indigenous people in our regions of operation and ensure that local languages, cultures and traditions are allowed to continue to prosper.Discover more
Nordgold’s approach is to avoid, minimise or mitigate the need for the resettlement of local people. Where mining activities require the resettlement of communities, we ensure that these communities experience even better living conditions than before.Discover more