Our strategy for empowering communities
At Kinross, we believe that responsible mining can generate sustainable value in host countries and host communities.
We strive to create positive economic and social benefits and improve the overall quality of people’s lives in a manner that is sustainable beyond the life of the mine, while minimizing the negative impacts of our operations.
Our Site Responsibility Plans (SRPs) provide a framework for planning and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies that support our commitments to our host communities. Through active engagement and dialogue, our goal is to keep our neighbours informed about our activities, and provide them with opportunities to raise issues of interest or express their concerns. We seek at all times to respond to those concerns with promptness and clarity.
Each Kinross site has established a formal mechanism for community engagement. By engaging with stakeholders, we identify strategic areas where our operations can support long-term community development. We provide assistance for hundreds of initiatives, with the aim of working with local partners to address real needs and provide funding where the impact will be greatest. The SRPs help us quantify the “benefit footprint” of these initiatives, both in the near term – through job creation and local supplier contracts – and the long term – through programs that help build local business, support education and skill development, build capacity and foster economic sustainability.
Kinross measures community relations performance in key areas, including:
- The frequency of day-to-day interactions with stakeholders;
- The effectiveness of community spending in terms of the number of beneficiaries and the identification of key performance metrics to judge the results of that spending over time;
- Community perceptions;
- The value of the operation’s benefit footprint.
Site Responsibility Plans
SRP planning and implementation is essential to our CR performance, establishing site-specific strategies for meeting our objective of maintaining solid long-term relationships with community stakeholders based on trust, respect and partnership. SRPs include these key components:
Engagement: We will establish and maintain an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders in the communities where we operate, based on a spirit of transparency and honesty.
Evaluation: We will conduct analysis of stakeholder feedback, community aspirations and resources, project impacts, socio-economic data and other information to inform our project designs and community development strategies.
Action: We will work proactively to identify strategic initiatives, based on the results of engagement and evaluation of stakeholder interests and concerns, designed to consolidate sustainable benefits within the communities where we operate.
Monitoring: We will conduct regular, quantitative and qualitative measurement of the effectiveness of our corporate responsibility initiatives to inform further engagement, evaluation and action.