During the early exploration phase of work in the DRC, a “preliminary” stakeholder survey/assessment was initiated in order to understand the community and their associated needs. The stakeholder survey took the form of a series of consultative meetings between our team and various local communities and their representatives.
From these meetings a number of common social themes emerged and are summarised below:
- access to clean water, medical services and education;
- the protection and support of the indigenous population (pygmies);
- inequalities based on sex and/or ethnic origin; and
- economic upliftment.
A number of small projects were initiated subsequent to our first engagement with our community stakeholders. Whilst these were often once-off projects, our management team is actively seeking to develop initiatives that will drive environmentally sustainable, socio-economic initiatives in the communities immediately affected by our operations, with the view of supporting our operations and maintaining our social license to operate.