Case Study

Engaging Stakeholders at Paracatu

Community engagement is a cornerstone of Kinross’ commitment to responsible mining.

With the expansion of our Paracatu mine, we continued to work closely with the community, engaging our stakeholders on a broad range of issues. In 2008, we established a Stakeholder Committee, with representatives from neighbouring communities, the Paracatu Residents’ Association and local government. The committee meets monthly to discuss issues and make recommendations in key areas, including environmental monitoring and social and environmental initiatives. It provides important input into the operation’s decision-making process. For example, in June 2009, it was instrumental in helping us develop an action plan to address neighbours’ concerns about the impacts of increased blasting at our mine operations.

We also created a 24-hour hotline, called Open Channel, to receive and register community complaints, concerns and suggestions and to provide feedback within 24 hours.

As illustrated in the following table, engagement activities at Paracatu are tracked and annual goals set:

  2008 2009 2010
Visitors 2,732 2,585 2,700
Consultation meetings 40 89 50
Stakeholder Committee meetings 3 15 12