We listen to, and engage with, local stakeholders to build meaningful, long-lasting relationships based on trust. These relationships begin before a mine is even built. When we first begin working in an area, we get to know the members of the local community and local government. Ongoing dialogue allows us to better understand our stakeholders’ priorities and concerns, and ensures that stakeholders understand our values and approach to doing business. This enables us to partner with individuals, interest groups, and municipalities to develop initiatives that meet the needs and priorities of local communities. At each of our operations, we hold frequent meetings with local community members, suppliers, and government officials.
Our 20-year history of successfully operating in Brazil and Turkey is testament to how we continue to manage our relationships in those countries. This is an ongoing process: it takes as much effort to maintain those relationships and credibility as it does to establish them in the first place.
Paul Wright, CEO
Historically, the area near Kişladağ was not a mining region. Local communities were unfamiliar with mining and the industry was viewed with skepticism. We recognized this as an opportunity to educate people about how mining has evolved in general and about Eldorado’s track record and approach in particular.
To help local communities learn more about mining and our Halkidiki operations, we invited people to visit our sites. Around 4,000 people from all over Greece toured our premises in 2014, learnt about our environment commitments and talked with Management about issues of interest to them.