Our Communities

We work with our community partners in a spirit of transparency and good faith to support the social, economic, and institutional fabric of each community where we operate.

See how Paracatu supports job creation and education in the community

Stakeholder Engagement

When it comes to our communities, everything begins with direct interaction with our stakeholders.

We actively reach out to understand the views and concerns of stakeholders while being transparent about our operations and our performance. We use a variety of approaches:

  • Regular meetings with officials and neighbours, such as formal dialogue tables and stakeholder committees;
  • Community, business, government and school presentations;
  • Public mine tours;
  • Participation in local cultural and sports events;
  • And daily informal, impromptu conversations

In addition, community grievance mechanisms are in place at all of our operations.

168,000 stakeholders engaged
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.

Supporting Local Sustainable Development

Our operations create economic wealth in our host countries through job creation, procurement and tax payments, creating a benefit footprint which in turn generates opportunities in host communities. We tailor our local hiring, local procurement, and community investment activities to enhance our benefit footprint, and we engage with local government and civic institutions to seek ways to translate those benefits into long-term improvements that last after the mine closes. We seek specific, measurable improvements in well-being experienced by the community particularly in the areas of education, health care, small business and livelihoods development.

Overall, more than 73% of the value we generate through metals sales is spent in host countries through taxes, wages, and procurement. See our CR report for a full breakdown, by country, of the benefit footprint.

We also report on specific payments to governments in accordance with the Government of Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (“ESTMA”). The report can be found here.

At Paracatu, our social and community development program, which focuses on education, culture, generation of income and jobs and environment, is designed to encourage dialogue and community investment decisions in partnership with local stakeholders. In education, these programs benefitted approximately 907 students across 34 classes in 2014 and 746 students from 28 classes in 2015. Together with the educational community in Paracatu, we contributed to a 4% to 6% increase in students’ test scores.

Click here for a video about the Integrar program in the classroom.

Working with Indigenous Communities

Our aim is to develop and operate projects in a manner that respects and strengthens indigenous communities and brings positive long-term contributions to their quality of life. We believe that, when undertaken with appropriate safeguards, spirit of cooperation and in consultation, mining is a strong source of positive benefits for host communities.

Kinross recognizes the unique considerations of indigenous peoples, including:

  • The unique histories, languages, cultures, knowledge, traditions and values of indigenous peoples and their contribution to the cultural and social diversity of the countries where we have a presence;
  • The cultural importance of connections with the natural environment, including land, water, wildlife, and plants;
  • The distinct nature and importance of indigenous institutions in realizing the aspirations of indigenous peoples for their own development

Consistent with the rights of indigenous peoples in the countries where we operate, we undertake a number of actions to ensure our operations respect indigenous communities and contribute to their quality of life.