Partnerships and commitments

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Partnership matters to us. We work together with governments, NGOs, local communities and other groups.

How important is working in partnership to Glencore?

Working with others is vital for us – as we seek to minimise our impacts and bring long-term benefits to countries around the world. 

So we establish partnerships with groups and organisations such as governments, NGOs, universities and other businesses.

How do you work with governments?

We work with local, regional and national governments on a range social projects. For example, in 2015, our Colombian coal business, Prodeco, partnered with the country’s Department for Social Prosperity to facilitate projects to reduce poverty in the Cesar region.

Similarly, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga Mining is working in partnership with Regideso – a government water agency – to upgrade a water filtration plant for the city of Kolwezi.

Are you involved in public–private partnerships?

Yes. Examples include a scheme to bring a new clinic to the town of Bethanie, South Africa. We have funded the hospital’s construction, while the local department of health will supply equipment and employ staff.

And at Raglan in Canada, we formed a private–public partnership with power producer TUGLIQ Energy and with federal and provincial governments – to develop an award-winning wind turbine and energy storage facility.

How do you work with non-governmental organisations (NGOs)?

We work with NGOs as part of our sustainability efforts. For example, in Colombia, Prodeco is working with Fundación Ideas para la Paz a Colombia-based NGO that seeks to help build a lasting peace in the country. 

In 2015, a group of Swiss residents and representatives from Swiss and Colombian NGOs as well as the Swiss embassy joined a fact-finding trip to our Colombian assets, together with our CEO, Ivan Glasenberg.

How does partnership help to improve community engagement?

We partner with a wide range of organisations as part of stakeholder engagement programmes. 

For example:

  • At the McArthur River mine in Australia, a wide-ranging programme includes representatives of local government, communities and indigenous people. Initiatives include the MRM Community Benefits Trust which has supported projects since 2003 totally US$12.3m.
  • Minara Resources, which operates Murrin Murrin in Australia, is a member of the Laverton Leonora Cross-Cultural Association. This not-for-profit group works for the community in the North Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.
  • At Espinar in Peru, we have met local authorities and civil society groups more than 120 times since 2012, within the framework of a “dialogue table” established by government commission.
  • We run stakeholder forums in communities near Mopani, Zambia, which include representatives of NGOs and local churches.
How do you work with the research and education sectors?

We work with both university research teams and local schools. 

For example, when we were developing Mates in Mining, a trial intended to tackle suicide in the mining industry, we commissioned independent surveys from Australia’s University of Newcastle’s Centre for Resources Health and Safety.

At McArthur River mine, meanwhile, we donated a water quality monitor kit to Borroloola school – and now work in partnership with students to monitor water quality in local waterways. We have also run vocational education classes.

What other commitments have you made?

We are also committed to a series of global standards and frameworks. For more information on these, see our page on human rights