Barriers to increasing local content may be broken down in a post-COVID world
Promoting and supporting small-to-medium local businesses around an operating mine can prove a game-changing solution for miners in establishing long-lasting, meaningful community engagement and can be more powerful than what the industry has come to view as traditional corporate social responsibility programmes and investments, according to Proudfoot president, global natural resources, Jon Wylie.
He said miners had until recently been hamstrung in meeting local content targets because of a lack of reliable local partners, however, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence had opened up pathways to finding, screening and securing reliable partners in the region, which mining groups can help grow.
"It's a win-win," Wylie said.
"Where pre-COVID, these goods and services were being supplied by international suppliers - who can no longer supply - local communities can now step up."
Mining Journal Stakeholder Engagement is a platform for conversation between the mining industry and key stakeholders. The programme is designed to help set a practical path to better engagement, reduced risk and better practices.
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