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Communities

We recognise that our business cannot operate without a licence from local authorities and their associated communities.

The principles that we adhere to when engaging with local communities and indigenous people in these locations are:

  • to be open to ideas and comments from those living and working close to our operations;
  • to be transparent in our dealings with those living and working close to our operations – providing timely, relevant and accurate information on the progress of corporate and community investment projects;
  • to take a long-term view of interaction and investment and put in place systems for identifying investment priorities and monitoring progress;
  • to identify and act on the most significant issues for local communities and indigenous people – entailing open and regular dialogue; and
  • to provide real and tangible benefits to local communities and indigenous people.

Our community investment priorities have been determined through feedback from local populations and our experience of working with communities and indigenous people over many years.

These investments totalled US$6 million in 2012, more than 80% of which was directed towards sports, education and healthcare projects.

We operate in three areas that are home to IMN, these are Chukotka, Magadan Region and Khabarovsk Territory. In these areas, our conduct is guided by and complies with the UN Global Compact and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In line with our own Codes and policies, we have six agreements in place with IMN communities in our Russian Far East operations. These agreements are drawn up in consultation with IMN and local authority representatives and focus on support for traditional reindeer breeding activity, educational and cultural programmes designed to celebrate and preserve language and traditions, provision of fuel, food, vehicles and building materials, maintaining and restoring festival and holiday traditions, learning about local ecosystems, exchanging knowledge on environmental protection and facilitating exchanges between others in the local area and IMN representatives.

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