Glencore first invested in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2008. Today, we have shareholdings in Mutanda Mining SARL (Mumi) and Katanga Mining Limited (KML) which owns 75% of the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC). 

Both Mumi and KCC have copper assets spread across the African Copperbelt, one of the world’s most important copper producing regions.

Investment in regeneration and legacy issues

We are committed to helping the country regain economic stability and achieve lasting economic growth. Mining plays a major part of the DRC’s economy; our investments have created around 17,000 quality employee and contractor jobs, almost all held by DRC nationals.

To date, we have invested close to $5 billion in our assets; this includes capital funding to address legacy issues and help regenerate the entire DRC mining industry.

Since taking operational control at Katanga, we have installed: over 20 km of piping infrastructure; a lime neutralisation plant; a tailings disposal system; specialised pumps; and water treatment plants, at a cost of over $40 million. Since April 2012, this significant remedial work has ensured that all effluents are now fully treated before discharge, mitigating any further impact on the Luilu River.

Supporting local community development

We support local businesses, provide substantial revenues to local, regional and national governments and contribute to the development of local infrastructure. Our social investment projects support education, infrastructure programmes, health and water initiatives.

These include funding and mentoring support for 40 agricultural cooperatives that employ members of rural and urban communities and vulnerable groups; investment in water pumps; and contributions to region-wide programmes, such as the INGA dam project. In partnership with SNEL (DRC’s power utility), this will provide 450 MW and stable electricity to thousands across Katanga province.

We also assist with the renovation and construction of schools and hospitals. KCC and Mumi have supported four modern, fully-equipped, 14 primary schools, four technical institutes and a university.

Local infrastructure projects we have supported include the construction of Kolwezi airport and the bridge over the Lualaba river. Such investments benefit the whole of Kolwezi, close to a million people.

Security and human rights

In October 2013 we began implementing the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (Voluntary Principles) at our operations. Today, we provide Voluntary Principles training to our own and contracted security teams, and are collaborating with the UN agency MONUSCO to offer similar training to local public security forces. Glencore is committed to promoting the rule of law and bringing international practices to the country across our areas of expertise In March 2015, we joined the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative.

Continual improvement in our engagement

We are aware that maintaining a constructive, open dialogue with our host communities takes work. We continually monitor our performance and identify improvement opportunities through transparent and participative stakeholder engagement, as well as regular social baseline and assessment studies and perception surveys.