Communities are a significant and important part of our social licence to operate and we endeavour to be a welcomed and valued member of the communities in which we operate.
Our approach to community engagement is to consult with, listen and respond openly to our community stakeholders. In doing so, we also aim to be open, honest and as cooperative as possible when issues and concerns do arise.
Our objective is to deliver maximum value to shareholders, host communities, regions and nations through increasing local employment and supply, partnering with others and strategic investment.
We believe it is important to have a sound understanding of the views, concerns and aspirations of the communities we are a part of.
We have a wide range of stakeholders that are impacted by our operations in positive and sometimes challenging ways including contractors, suppliers, government and regulators, local communities, Indigenous people and employees.
At times disagreements exist on specific issues and to facilitate timely, culturally appropriate investigations and responses, issues are managed in accordance with site-specific grievance mechanisms, aligned to the common MMG Grievance Procedure.
This process is non-judicial, complements existing legislative remedies and reflects our commitment to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
We actively undertake community research at a number of our operations to help us understand the views of these stakeholders, which helps us to build positive relationships and ensure our community programs are valued by the communities in which we operate.
Some of these research programs include Community Perception Surveys and Social Impact Assessments.
At MMG we mine for progress. This means contributing to progress in human development, which is best achieved through investment in community capacity to engage in economic opportunities. These opportunities arise both directly through our operations and supply chains and indirectly through our role as an economic catalyst in partnership with communities, regions and nations.
We invest in local communities as an integral part of our sustainability objective to ensure the communities in which we operate receive real benefit from our activities. We also align our social development investment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with particular focus on Goals 1-6.
In 2018, MMG contributed over $US17.8 million to local and regional communities for social performance initiatives related to local business development, education and training initiatives and sponsorships and donations.