Contributing to local communities with active stakeholder engagement programmes
At both of CAML’s operations, the teams have developed good relationships with members of the local community and have engendered good two-way lines of communication. At both Sasa and Kounrad, site teams consult with members of the community regularly to ascertain the needs of the local areas so that they can address how CAML can appropriately help, in terms of support, donations, time and skills.
CAML is very proud of the community support offered to the areas surrounding both Sasa and Kounrad. Efforts are focussed on education, help for underprivileged children and encouraging sporting activity. During 2018, the Group spent a total of $0.6 million on community support. Now that it has operations in two countries, the sustainability team sees some similar areas of need in the two local community areas and is trying wherever appropriate to align its approach to community support.
|New year activities||Gifts for employees’ children and food baskets for|
|Presents for employees and for children in the local|
SchoolsPresents and aid packs for socially vulnerable groups
Presents for disabled people
|Playground construction||Three in Kazakhstan||One in North Macedonia|
|Aid for disabled people||Building the ‘Kind Heart Centre’||Bought new office equipment for local disabled centre|
|Schools||New equipment, renovate flooring and roof repairs|
Computer equipment previously acquired for IT
|New equipment for mining department in local|
secondary school10 scholarships for university students focussed on
|Sport clubs||Support for Balkhash City Hockey Association||Sponsorship of F.C. Kamenica Sasa, F.C. Sasa – Ladies,|
local basketball club
|Internal newsletter||Commenced in Q4 2018. To be produced biannually||Commenced in Q4 2018. To be produced quarterly|
|International Women’s Day||Celebrated||Celebrated|
|Awarding employees||Quarterly awards for safety suggestions||110 employees awarded for safety in 2018,|
the best miner chosen and given larger award
|Safety award||Given on ‘Metallurgist Day’ as well as on a quarterly|
basis for safety suggestions
|10 safety awards given on ‘Miners Day’|
During 2018, Sasa appointed a Social Affairs Coordinator and opened a Community Liaison Centre in the local town, Makedonska Kamenica, which is a resource for members of the community to dropin on a weekly basis and is staffed by Sasa mine personnel. Support for the local football teams continued, along with other sporting activities and the main playground of Makedonska Kamenica was reconstructed.
Sasa was the main sponsor of the Kamenica Cultural Summer festival that draws in visitors from other parts of North Macedonia, and the Miner’s Day celebrations. Sasa also bought a tractor and ancillary equipment for the local community to aid waste collection and snow clearance.
North Macedonia suffers from significant emigration of its young people primarily to the European Union so, during 2018, the mine has played its part in promoting the North Macedonian mining industry and economy. Sasa funded the purchase of new IT equipment and the renovation of five classrooms used for mining studies in the local secondary school and sponsored 10 students of mining related subjects through their degrees at Stip University. Two young and aspiring Sasa employees were enrolled on a two-week course at the President Ivanov School of Young Leaders.
During 2017, CAML began forming the Kounrad Foundation, and this charity was activated on 1 January 2018. This is now the vehicle through which Kounrad donates to the community, and it is funded by CAML on an annual basis equating to 0.25% of Kounrad revenue. During 2018, the Kounrad Foundation acquired a building in which to house the Kind Heart Centre for disabled children that Kounrad has for some years now supported. Renovation works have commenced, and this building should be complete and ready to re-home the group in mid-2019.
In 2017, Kounrad funded and helped to develop recreational areas in the local town, Balkhash and, during 2018, the team has done the same in the nearby village of Kounrad, which have already proved popular with residents of varying ages.
In addition, the site team has made roof repairs to one of the schools in Kounrad village. As in previous years, the operation hosted a school visit for 24 senior school pupils who received a site induction and then a tour of the facilities, with an explanation of how copper is produced. CAML continued supporting the Balkhash orphanage, providing funding and aid where possible.
On 1 December 2018 in a celebration for Day of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, one of CAML’s Kazakh subsidiaries, Sary Kazna, was named ‘Sponsor of the Year’ by the mayor of Balkhash in recognition of the significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the town.