Kenmare is committed to operating in a sustainable and responsible manner and has a long-term strategic approach to the conduct of its business with corporate responsibility as a key priority. Kenmare recognises that its social license to operate derives from its stakeholders, in particular the members of the communities in the immediate vicinity of the Mine. Ensuring close communication and consultation with all stakeholders is therefore one of the central pillars of its operations. Kenmare aims to be a catalyst for positive social and economic improvements in the communities neighbouring its operations. One of the ways it does this is by supporting the Kenmare Moma Development Association (“KMAD”, the initials of its Portuguese name), an independent not-for-profit development organisation established in 2004 to implement development programmes in these communities.
The community and its needs are at the centre of KMAD’s programmes, in contrast to a conventional corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) programme which takes the business’s responsibilities as its starting point.
KMAD’s vision is to achieve a community of:
- Healthy people living in safe and dignified conditions, protected from disease and hazards;
- An informed and independent population with access to education and opportunity for individuals to reach their potential;
- Many cohesive social groups and networks contributing to sustainable development.
Since KMAD’s first activities were started in 2004 there have been significant improvements in infrastructure, with all the neighbouring communities now electrified, improved water access and mobile phone coverage throughout. Direct and indirect employment opportunities have been created; training initiatives have been implemented; and numerous development activities started by KMAD have now matured. KMAD is currently implementing the 2013-2015 work plan, the details of which were finalised through extensive community consultations, and the goals of which formed the basis of a Community Agreement signed by the local leaders, the District Government and Kenmare in 2013. Over the three year period of its current work plan, KMAD’s goal is to:
- Facilitate the economic development and income generation capacity of the local community. This includes maximising the benefits of the Mine by creating secondary economic opportunities in the community and generating long-term sustainable economic opportunities independent of the Mine, as well as supporting facilitating mechanisms such as education, adult literacy and vocational training; and
- Improve the wellbeing of the local population. This includes supporting social development in health, with special focus on community health awareness, sports, and the construction of appropriate social infrastructure such as water pumps (accompanied by building the capacity of local water management committees) and educational facilities (including investing in vocational training).
Kenmare is committed to operating in a sustainable and responsible manner and has a long-term strategic approach to the conduct of its business with corporate responsibility as a key priority.
KMAD’s core values are:
- Participation: priorities for activities are based on local needs as identified by community members, and only those development initiatives with active local participation are supported by KMAD.
- Sustainability: investment in the building of skills and capacity will accompany any projects supported by KMAD to ensure their viability and only those initiatives with strong potential are supported.
- Equality: all people and communities have the same rights and are to be treated equally. KMAD particularly promotes the involvement of women in all its activities to achieve this aim.
- Efficiency: maximising local benefits of resources and leveraging off the Mine infrastructure rather than setting up parallel systems and evaluating activities to look for improvement and effectiveness.
- Integrity, Honesty and Transparency: KMAD is open about its allocation and use of resources and in its dealings with all its partners and stakeholders.
KMAD operates in three main areas:
Livelihoods and economic development
This includes capacity development and financial support to income generating initiatives, agriculture/food security and livestock support, economic infrastructure, etc.
This includes all support to the health sector – including capacity development of health staff, equipment, materials and infrastructure improvements, the Mobile Clinic Team visits, community health and HIV awareness, and water and sanitation.
This includes all support to the education sector – such as support for capacity development of teachers, educational materials and equipment, school buildings and furniture, vocational training, community environmental awareness and sports initiatives.