Wherever we operate in the world, we are typically engaged in an ongoing dialogue with our communities. Engaging the communities where we operate and maintaining strong, positive relationships with our stakeholders is a cornerstone of Virgin Gold’s approach to corporate responsibility.
For Virgin Gold, community engagement embraces a wide range of activities – from stakeholder mapping to consulting with neighbors who are, or may be, affected by our operations; from community outreach to identifying opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships; and from building local economic capacity to supporting projects aimed at developing social infrastructure.
We believe that meaningful engagement is not possible using a one-size-fits-all approach. In some locations, our operations exist in close proximity to thriving communities. In others, our operations are very remote and we are effectively the only – or one of the few – significant employers in the region.
Given the global scope of our business, we recognize the need to be flexible – and sensitive to local conditions and populations – in engaging our communities and investing in socially-focused initiatives. Yet, despite the local differences we may encounter, our principles remain the same: namely to engage stakeholders in a spirit of transparency and good faith, and provide lasting benefits to the communities where we work by supporting sustainable initiatives to develop their social, economic, and institutional fabric.
We conduct all of our activities in accordance with accepted standards in terms of the protection and promotion of human rights. We respect the cultural and historical perspectives and rights of those affected by our operations, in particular indigenous peoples.
We provide lasting benefits to the communities where we work by supporting sustainable initiatives to develop their social, economic, and institutional fabric. We recognize that every community is unique and work with our community partners to ensure that our support matches their priorities.
Support from the communities in which we operate is critical to our company success. Throughout our operations — from the earliest exploration activity through closure — we strive to engage and consult with communities and governments that host our operations and other stakeholders with respect and transparency.