Amara in the Community (CSR)
Amara Mining is committed to working with communities in the key countries within which it operates: Côte d'Ivoire
, Sierra Leone
and Burkina Faso
. Our goal is to achieve a socially responsible business that balances economic prosperity with environmental stewardship and ethical business practice. Taking this approach allows Amara to ensure that a positive and sustainable legacy is left beyond the lives of our mining operations.
Amara has had a presence in West Africa for over ten years and we are proud to contribute to the economic growth of communities, regions and countries to bring sustainable socio-economic benefits to the places where we work. Our CSR programme has four key pillars, which are as follows:
• The safety and wellbeing of our employees
• The development of our employees
• Environmental responsibility
• Stakeholder relations at local, regional and national levels
We understand that maintaining our social licence to operate is central to our culture of responsible mining and exploration. We will continue to work with the relevant authorities in order to ensure we achieve the optimum long-term structure for our company and all of our stakeholders across our host countries.
Health and Safety
Amara is committed to the highest standards of safety at each of its operations. Across our assets, health initiatives were implemented to improve the wellbeing of our employees, including the provision of anti-malaria nets and HIV sensitisation campaigns.
Development of our Employees
Contributing to Economic Advancement
Amara believes that the most important part of any company is its people. Our activities provide direct and indirect employment, training and work experience to many West Africans, as well as creating an immediate revenue stream for the local economies, regions and Governments.
During 2014, Amara conducted what we believed to be the largest drilling programme in Africa at the time. We employed over 420 people from the local community in roles from laboratory technician to junior geologist. We are committed to bringing skills and prosperity to the areas in which we operate.
Training and Development
The training and development of our teams across our assets, in our offices in West Africa and in our head office in London is an ongoing programme. One example of this is an employee we welcomed back to the Yaoure Gold Project in 2014 who had completed a Masters degree at Abidjan University with sponsorship from Amara. He has since re-joined the exploration team.
Amara is dedicated to minimising the environmental impact of our operations to the reasonable practical level. We educate our employees in sustainable business practices and we conduct our business in accordance with recognised industry standards and applicable environmental laws and regulations.
Energy, water, greenhouse gases, biodiversity and land are the main environmental areas affected by our operations. We use a number of metrics to measure our environmental impact across these areas. As part of overall environmental controls, we also monitor our management processes for handling and disposing of waste and hazardous materials used at our operations.
We assess our environmental performance through several tools including visual inspection, auditing, data collection, inventories, measurements and systematic observations. We use the results to implement corrective measures and as inspiration for ways we can improve our performance in the future.
In 2014, we are proud to report that we did not have any environmental incidents.
Amara takes a long term view in matters relating to local communities and our stakeholders at both regional and national level. We want to ensure a sustainable legacy continues beyond the lives of our operations and we have appointed country managers in each of our host countries to ensure our support is given to the most beneficial initiatives.
We recognise that we have a responsibility to enhance the communities in which we operate and we see maintaining our social licence as a key priority. The Company’s CSR mandate states that our community initiatives across West Africa have three key focuses:
- Sustainable livelihoods
We appoint community liaison officers in our work areas and hold regular meetings that give local people the chance to talk about their concerns. By initiating schemes and inviting open communication, we form strong partnerships with these communities that demonstrate our respect for their needs and requirements as well as their customs and values.