We generated a range of socio-economic benefits to the local community of Paracatu in 2013, including employment for approximately 3,400 employees and contractors (of whom 86% lived in Paracatu), approximately $51.9 million in procurement from 560 local suppliers, and approximately $7.0 million in taxes, royalties and other payments to local government entities.
Our social and community development program, known as Integrar (“integrate” in Portuguese), is designed to encourage dialogue and community investment decisions in partnership with local stakeholders. Integrar spans four key areas of action – education, culture, generation of income and jobs, and environmental education. In 2013, over 10,000 people including students, teachers and community residents, attended Integrar activities.
In 2012 and 2013, we provided $1.5 million and $2.9 million, respectively, in financial support for a variety of community initiatives.
- In education, we continued to advance our goal of raising the Basic Education Development Index (IDEB). We work in partnership with a network of people comprised of educators, the Municipal Education Office, the Regional Superintendent of Teaching, family members, as well as university students and school children. These programs benefited approximately 590 students in 27 classes in 2012 and 840 students from 32 classes in 2013. Together with the educational community, we contributed to a 13% increase in the National Assessment of Educational Achievement participation (Prova Brasil) in 2011. The impact of the program will be measured through changes in the 2014 IDEB over the 2011 baseline.
- Generation of jobs and income is a priority. Through Integrar, financial support, training and guidance are provided to participating organizations to develop projects which will generate jobs within the local municipality. In 2013, 11 projects received support for the 2013-2014 period, and recipients received 50 hours of capacity building training.
- We support programs championed by a broad group of stakeholders to promote the city’s identity by celebrating its cultural traditions and heritage. Working with local artists, in the past year we’ve supported 300 hours of local arts and cultural programming for students, and over 9,000 people have participated in local cultural events.
- We supported environmental education through schools and local organizations. Together with nine partner schools, over 2,200 students participated. Kinross invested approximately $42,000 in environmental education in 2013.
Beyond our investments and partnerships within Integrar, we are also partnering with the local community to support sport. In partnership with the City of Paracatu, we invested approximately $508,000 for the construction of public sports facilities for local residents in the three communities of Alto da Colina, Bela Vista II and Amoreiras II. We also created opportunities for youth in underprivileged neighbourhoods through a sports project for children ages 8 to 13 in late 2013.
We delivered a range of socio-economic benefits in Chile in 2013, including jobs for approximately 920 employees, (of whom 85.7% lived in Chile), approximately $192.9 million in procurement from local suppliers in Copiapó, and approximately $89.8 million in total taxes in Chile.
Our community investment strategy in Chile provides support to a variety of programs, from education, employment and the environment to health care and local culture, and creates long-term capacity, particularly among the socially vulnerable.
In 2012 and 2013, in addition to our work with the Colla detailed in Working with Indigenous Peoples, we supported a range of partnerships to provide skills training and local employment, enhance opportunities for local businesses, and further cultural initiatives.
- In partnership with government and working with high-school students in the Tierra Amarilla, we provided support for a replacement water faucet program focused on reducing water use. The students learned to install the new faucets at two schools in the community and were provided with a lesson on water efficiency and conservation.
- We continued to provide financial support to support skills training and entrepreneurship to support the development of local businesses. Under an alliance with the Corporation for the Promotion of Production (CORFO), a government agency, and the Corporation for the Atacama Development (CORPROA), a development agency, the program supported the growth of 22 small businesses in Copiapó and Tierra Amarilla in 2012 and 2013.
- To meet stakeholder requests for the increased support of local cultural programs, we continued to provide support to the Regional Council for the Arts (Consejo de la Cultura Atacama) to deliver cultural programming to the community. In 2013, Kinross supported an operatic concert featuring a renowned Chilean opera singer. The event was attended by over 4,000 people.