In certain poor regions with low levels of employment, we may find that local communities expect Glencore to contribute significantly to local employment. However, there is only a limited number of roles, even for those with skills suited to modern mine work.
In 2014, Mutanda, our DRC copper asset, started a pilot programme called
Wote Pamoja Tujenge Mugini
(All together we build the village) to address this disparity. The programme focuses on identifying employment opportunities for people living around the mine.
Community liaison officers conducted several sensitisation sessions with local communities to explain the initiative and promote participation. We provided flyers and CV templates in Swahili and helped people complete their applications. These forms became the basis of a personnel database for potential local employees. In 2015, we were able to connect 70 people from that database with employers from among our cleaning and construction contractors. This is in addition to the 336 local people directly employed by Mutanda.