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Building resilient communities

To be productive, safe, responsible and sustainable, our operations must live alongside thriving communities.

They are the places our people call home, our closest neighbours, and stewards of the land entrusted to us for a period of time. So we work together with local government, community leaders, and NGOs to contribute to community needs: from housing and infrastructure to healthcare, education and recreation.

In 2016, we spent $84 million on community investment.

The Anglo American Social Way defines our governing framework for social performance and reflects evolving international standards and best practice.

Discover the different ways we support communities in our Sustainability Report 2016.

How we engage with our communities

Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox (SEAT)

As with any part of our business, we tackle community engagement with a focus on delivery. Applying our industry-leading Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox (SEAT) shows us how our operations affect each community. We can then engage more effectively, accountably and transparently.

Creating sustainable value for our communities

Working with host communities to sustain local growth remains an evergreen mission of our business.

Through socio-economic development (SED), we help secure the ongoing transformation that’s required to achieve that goal.

From local procurement, training and recruitment, to supporting small and medium-sized businesses and corporate social investment, we work with NGOs, governments and local communities to ensure long-term and sustainable economic growth and social progress.

Our efforts are fully aligned to our host communities’ own aspirations and host government priorities. And that means moving beyond our own supply chain.

We support new businesses, local organisations and encourage innovation through our socio-economic development strategy with the aim of strengthening local markets and making civil society more resilient and proactive. Find out more in our Sustainable Report 2016.

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We see our socio-economic development initiatives as interdependent, falling within two distinct systems covering both market and public sector performance.

Partnering with government, local companies, banks and NGOs, we help improve market performance in host communities with a focus on local procurement, enterprise development and local employment.

At the same time, we support the public sector to build infrastructure, working with governments, NGOs, charities, schools and hospitals.

Robust and stable development requires more than our contribution, it requires resilient and effective long term partnerships built on trust. We have a powerful role to play in maximising the power of our core business in favour of development to ensure long term socio-economic progress.

Enabling the growth of small and medium-sized businesses in the communities where we operate is essential.


socio-economic development programmes

Crescer, Brazil

‘Crescer’ meaning ‘to grow’ in Portuguese, is our enterprise development programme in Brazil. Working with Technoserve, we are focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the areas around our Minas-Rio iron ore operation.

Emerge, Chile

In partnership with Fondo Esperanza and Technoserve, we’ve supported more than 50,000 entrepreneurs and small-to-medium sized businesses.

Emerge, Peru

Building on Peru’s sophisticated micro-credit sector, our enterprise development programme helps SMEs get access to capital. The scheme is focused on supporting businesses in the Moquegua region of southern Peru.

Tokafala, Botswana

In partnership with the Government of Botswana, De Beers and Debswana, we set up this programme to support up to 5,600 jobs and foster the growth of up to 1,000 small-to-medium sized businesses. It aims to help Botswana leverage the power of the mining sector to diversify its economy.

Zimele, South Africa

Our flagship scheme empowers black entrepreneurs to start their own or grow their existing businesses. We’ve now funded 1,885 businesses, which have employed over 38,000 people.

Working locally, sourcing locally

Using local products and services is good for our business and supports economic activity beyond the footprint of the mine. We’re taking big strides towards sustainable, responsible local procurement:

In 2015, we spent $1.53 billion with suppliers based in and around the communities where we operate (2014: $1.7 billion).

And Anglo American-managed businesses spent ZAR 30.4 billion (2014: ZAR 39.3 billion) through contracts with historically disadvantaged South African owned (HDSA) businesses in 2015 – an important contribution to the country’s drive to promote black economic empowerment (BEE).

De Beers – Social and Labour Plan Downloads

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Voorspoed Mine Social and Labour Plan 2013-2017 PDF, 1.8MB, opens in a new window
Venetia Mine Social and Labour Plan 2013-2017 PDF, 1.7MB, opens in a new window

Kumba Iron Ore – Social and Labour Plan Downloads

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Kolomela Mine Social and Labour LED Extract 2015-2019 PDF, 460KB, opens in a new window
Sishen Mine Social and Labour Plan LED Extract 2016-2020 PDF, 364KB, opens in a new window
Thabazimbi Mine Social and Labour Plan LED Extract 2016 PDF, 275KB, opens in a new window

How we pay our taxes

The taxes we pay are an important contribution to the communities and countries where we operate. Our approach is to meet our obligations in a way that balances the expectations of all our stakeholders.

We continually review our tax strategy, working closely with local tax authorities and demonstrating transparency by publishing information on the taxes we pay.

Download our Tax and Economic Contribution Report 2014.

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