Capacity-building refers to activities which enhance the ability of local communities to develop and manage their own resources. It can include CSR practices that build resource governance capacity, improve local and regional economic planning, or otherwise enable communities to maximize the benefits of the extractive sector. Below are some examples of capacity-building by Canadian mining and exploration companies in the communities where they operate:
Responses by Company
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
The company is involved in capacity building in education, in helping small communities with emergency response, and environmental practices.
American Vanadium Corp.
The company is involved in capacity building by participating in infrastructure planning and development, and through commitments to minimizing impacts on community resources by locating project staff in the community.
Angkor Gold Corp.
The company develops community councils in the districts and then meets with those councils regularly so locals have input into decisions about the developments, about the social issues, the health standards, and the education. We encourage the villagers to represent themselves clearly about their rights, their limitations, and how we can collectively improve the livelihood of all stakeholders.
AuRico Gold Inc.
We have worked with a local trade school to develop a farming co-operative which has produced products for sale and export. We have also supported the development of a sewing workshop for the women of the Ejido community located near the Mexican mining operation.
Barrick Gold Corp.
In the communities where we operate we seek ways to help support local capacity building through establishing mentoring programs, providing scholarships and investing in skills development initiatives. These activities include local supplier development programs, scholarships to help increase elementary and high school attendance, scholarships for high school graduates to attend college, university or vocational training, and support for apprenticeships and skills development programs.
Cameco engages in local capacity building initiatives through the various investments we make in communities, as well as through our support of training and educational initiatives both at our sites and in the local communities.
Fundación Sierra Madre (the Sierra Madre Foundation) in Guatemala was founded in 2003 by the Marlin mine. The mission of this fund is to implement sustainable, community-based development and capacity-building programs in the municipalities of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Sipacapa. It is managed and staffed by Guatemalans, and has become an important part of the local community throughout the municipality of San Miguel and in villages in the municipality of Sipacapa. The foundation plays an integral role in building local capacity and promoting economic and community sustainability.
HudBay Minerals Inc.
In Peru we contribute to training programs for local entrepreneurs, assist local governments in engaging with regional and national government programs, and have joint development committees with local communities (for which we won the 2013 Sustainable Development Prize, awarded by Peru’s National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy).
Kinross Gold Corp.
Working with local NGO, École de Développement (ECODEV), the Tasiast operation is supporting a three-year project to foster economic development in the local communities of Benichab and Nouamghar. Initiated in 2013, the program has supported 19 income-generating activities including a bake shop, butcher shop, tire repair and community shops. Since its inception, the program has created 97 jobs.
As part of the Tasiast community investment program, we announced a $10-million investment over three years to develop a mining school in Mauritania with the goal of building long-term capacity in the mining industry to support the operations of Kinross and other mining companies.
For more information regarding Kinross’ local capacity building please refer to pages 63-64 and 79-80 of the 2013 CR Report.
In Ecuador, Kinross supported the APEOSAE organic coffee farmers’ association through micro-loans, seed capital, technical assistance and infrastructure support, leading to APEOSAE’s certification as “fair-trade” coffee. “The social investment that Kinross has made in organic producers allows us to safeguard international certifications, generate new productive tests, and consolidate us as an agro-ecological group worldwide." - Porfirio Zhiñin, President of APEOSAE.
MBAC Fertilizer Corp.
The company’s Promote and Support Program is intended to assist the Lagoa da Pedra Quilombola Community in its main economic activities, including "family agriculture" or "subsistence agriculture" and "livestock breeding", in order to produce more and better quality food in a sustainable way.
NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.
In Alaska we work closely with our Indigenous partners in workforce development and help them to establish business ventures that can support our projects. We also help local communities in capacity building to allow them to better meet the needs of their residents.
For example, Donlin Gold is collaborating with an external contractor who is assisting the community of Crooked Creek to develop a community development plan that will identify, prioritize, and establish a plan for achieving community development goals. This process already has resulted in a community-led effort to restore the local Russian Orthodox Church.
Sherritt International Corporation
The company is involved in capacity building at the Ambatovy operation by running a business training centre to educate individuals and businesses on core business skills.
Learn more at www.ambatovy.com.
The company is involved in capacity-building initiatives that focus on training local staff to operate equipment, including 100% locally trained diamond drilling crews.
A company is involved in capacity building by training local community members on the benefits and opportunities related to the mining sector.
A company indicated that it operates a community centre that is working on different capacity-building areas, the most important of which being community dialogues. The objective of the dialogues has been to empower the local communities with information. The company itself has provided technical information about mining to local leaders. Within the dialogue sessions, community building dynamics are held, where the company helps community members understand the shared responsibility of being informed.
A company indicated that it works on effective communication, by which the community can approach the company directly with any concerns, so it can deal with these in coordination with local authorities and community inspectors. The intention of this is to build communication strategies, and organizational structures that as a whole would benefit both the company and the community.
The following companies indicated that they are involved in local capacity-building initiatives, but declined to provide any further details:
- Candente Copper Corp.
- Endeavour Silver Corp.
- Handa Copper Corp.