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Engaging with stakeholders

Anglo American has a long history of successful collaboration with its stakeholders, including governments, communities, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Only through the fostering of such relationships can the Group thrive and be respected in the countries and communities where it operates.

Building partnerships with governments at all levels is critical to earning and retaining the Group’s licence to operate, which is why it seeks to engage with host governments to understand and complement their objectives.

An example of this approach can be seen in the collaborative work with the South African government to improve safety performance in the mining sector, find solutions to the challenges around electricity supply, and to improve the teaching of maths and science in South African schools, to promote enterprise development and to make progress towards the country’s transformation goals.

Anglo American seeks to earn the consent and support of the communities who live around its operations and potential projects. Such communities rightly expect to share in the benefits of mining. It is the Group’s aim to work with them to deliver meaningful and long lasting benefits, such as:

  • groundbreaking work to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in southern Africa;
  • offering pre-employment training to local people to enable them to acquire the skills needed to work at Group operations;
  • working with communities to improve their access to health services and education;
  • supporting farmers to help to improve their practices and income levels; and
  • promoting sustainable enterprise development in South Africa, Chile and Brazil.

Anglo American cannot do this alone and it welcomes the knowledge, skills and expertise to be gained by working in partnership with NGOs, and with aid and development agencies. To help understand better the concerns, priorities and needs of local people the Group has also pioneered a unique process called the Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox (SEAT), which is based on comprehensive local stakeholder engagement, assessment of the Group’s direct and indirect impacts and on seeking ways in which the core business can help to support improved local development outcomes.