We focus our corporate social responsibility on development and improvement of our areas of influence, through dialog and agreements that generate relationships of trust with communities and institutions. This promotes joint participation in decision-making and finding effective and efficient solutions that respond to problems arising from poverty, inequality and lack of employment, governance and sustainability, thus establishing connections for the creation of strong social organizations.
As a company, we are aware that mining is projected for a limited time, so one of the essential pillars of our CSR policies is to contribute to the regions’ progress by implementing new sustainability models that generate greater economic, social and environmental opportunities over time. With this perspective, we assume corporate social responsibility as a means to promote sustainable development.
SOCIAL INVESTMENT IN FIGURES
We encourage development in the regions where we operate and contribute to structuring society to promote the generation of collective wealth, social inclusion and the consolidation of democracy. To do this, we strive to work in an interactive process that is organized, planned and agreed with the natural protagonists (society and government), so that they sustainably use local resources that generate wealth, opportunities and social wellbeing.
Therefore, we interact with the local participants (society and government), aiming to collaborate without interfering, providing support without assuming the role of the state in its duties and without paternalism, as well as fostering actions that benefit the community in general.
We have identified the following priority stakeholders for the Company, for which we have different channels and strategies of action organized by different company areas:
Every two years, we consult our stakeholders with the support of an external, independent organization. This survey aims to promote participation, obtain feedback on the perception of our sustainability management and find opportunities to constantly improve in our goal to strengthen relations.
We provide a summary of the 2012-2014 Survey below:
We have written these reports since 2008 with the aim to account for the development, evolution and fulfillment of the Company’s voluntary commitments to corporate social responsibility. To achieve this objective, we write the sustainability reports according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, providing clear and concise information. This summarizes the positive impacts on improving the quality of life of the communities where we operate.
SOCIAL INTERVENTION MODEL
So that the communities have a better quality of life during and after the mining operations, we base our practices on compliance with our principles of action:
- Respect for the law
- Not replacing the duties of the state or citizens
- Development of exploration and production activities while maintaining a healthy environment
- Commitment to sustainability
- Transparent action
- Respect for agreements made
- Respect for society’s cultural diversity, values and autonomy
- Support for the sustainable development of communities located in the areas of influence
- Ongoing communication and relations with the population and institutions in the area.
We believe that environmentally and socially responsible mining is the way to achieve positive results for local communities. We remain committed to generating employment, driving local economic activity, and through our operations, providing resources that benefit the region and the country, helping to improve their quality of life.
We carry out our activities based on interactive processes agreed and coordinated with governments, communities and other participants in development, aiming to sustainably use local resources so that they generate opportunities and wealth, greater social wellbeing, and better regional management.
We have four lines of social intervention, which we implement in any place where the Company operates:Local Governance, Environment, Social Development and Economic Development, and different subcomponents that help us to focus social investment.
- Strengthen the management of public administrations.
- Promote social and community participation and organization.
- Encourage citizen security and coexistence.
- Promote respect and protection of human rights.
- Promote rational use of natural resources
- Strengthen municipal environmental management and rural development in areas deteriorated by mining
- Carry out environmental education processes in areas of influence.
- Promote the implementation of basic sanitation, drinking water, adequate waste management and citizen awareness programs.
- Help to improve communities’ quality of life by improving:
- Public health
- Quality of education
- Access to recreation and culture areas
- ASupport coordination with the relevant authorities to legalize ownership of land for communities in the areas of influence
- Support new enterprise opportunities and initiatives that permit the diversification of economic activities
- Generate local employment in the mining projects’ areas of influence
- Support rural production and mining formalization processes in areas where this is feasible
- Drive the local economy through provision of services and supplies to the Company and its contractors.
STANDARDS AND INITIATIVES WE ADHERE TO
- United Nations Global Compact: We have been part of this initiative since 2008. Every year, through our sustainability reports, we also communicate how we have met the commitments of this important initiative, which encourages respect for aspects related to human rights, environment, labor and anti-corruption.
- Colombian Network against Child Labor: We joined the “Colombian Network against Child Labor” in 2014, which was created by the Colombian Ministry of Labor, Global Compact, the International Labor Organization (ILO), and 22 important companies that subscribed to the commitments that the network established to ensure comprehensive development of Colombia’s children.
- Self-Regulation Commitments: As one of the participating companies in the Colombian Mining Association (ACM, for the Spanish original), since 2013, we have participated in this initiative that assesses the level of implementation and compliance in spheres such as Human Rights, Ethics and Transparency, Community Relations and Socioeconomic Advocacy, Environmental Management, and Industrial Safety and Occupational Health. Every year, with the support of an external body, we conduct a verification audit on our compliance and, consequently, our level of implementation.
We provide a summary of the self-assessment that we carried out on our management in 2015 below: