The development or expansion of a mine sometimes necessitates the relocation of local communities and people away from their homes, farms and pastures. The act of resettling a community is one of the most sensitive challenges a mining company can face, and if resettlement is not well planned and carefully managed it can result in government fines and cause lasting harm to relationships with local communities.
Our policy is to avoid the need for resettlement of people or communities as far as practicably possible. But where resettlement is necessary, we work to ensure that the affected parties are fully engaged and help shape the process, and to ensure their standard of living is improved or at the very least restored.
In line with IFC performance standards for land acquisition and involuntary resettlement, our resettlement policy puts the affected person or community at the centre of the process. The starting point of any resettlement is a Public Participation Process (PPP). The PPP encourages all opinions and grievances to be heard and fed into the compensation process. The results of the PPP are then used to develop a resettlement action plan (RAP) which must be agreed upon by all parties, prior to the occurrence of any resettlement.
We aim to maintain any community structures wherever possible and respect sites of cultural and religious significance. The implementation of our RAPs is always monitored by independent third parties.
|Projected for 2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Number of households resettled||986||513||1||25|
|RAP expenditure||$2.5 million||$21.9 million||$0.8 million||$1.7 million|