Donations, Sponsorship and Partnership Policy
Sandfire seeks to create meaningful and enduring value for its stakeholders. Sandfire is a guest in the communities where it operates and its intention is for the host community to be better off for its presence.
Sandfire can contribute to the community by offering financial and in-kind support. Sandfire is committed to making contributions in a fair and transparent manner. These guidelines set out the type of funding that can be applied for and the way requests are assessed.
Each year, Sandfire publically reports on how it has contributed to the communities it works with. This information is available on Sandfire’s corporate website.
Types of Community Contributions
Sandfire can contribute to community in a number of ways indluding:
- Partnerships – these may be multi-stakeholder, long term strategic initiatives which are designed to address community needs. It is expected that all partners involved will contribute resources to the project. In some cases, partnership funding will be used to leverage other funding such as government grants. Partnership arrangements will have measurable objectives and Sandfire will expect regular reporting, feedback and evaluation on how these are being met.
- Sponsorships – these are funding arrangements where Sandfire will receive promotional benefits such as advertising at events.
- Donations – these may be one off or recurring donations and be of cash or in-kind. Sandfire does not expect anything in return for the contribution.
- In-kind donations – this is non-monetary gifts of values such as volunteer support, labour, providing use of equipment and services or the provision of de-commissioned assets.
Sandfire will prioritise funding requests that can demonstrate long-term value to our host communities. Sandfire's focus areas are:
- Education - programs and initiatives that are designed to support childhood, youth and adult education and in particular that aim to alleviate barriers to education in rural and remote communities.
- Health and wellbeing - initiatives are to be specific to community needs. Organisations and programs should have the capacity to deliver sustainable health benefits.
- Environmental stewardship - programs that build our understanding of how to minimise impacts to the environment, use resources responsibly and/or aim to protect or improve the environment.
- Community wellbeing - programs that promote community spirit and belonging.
- Diversity, arts and culture - programs that strengthen diversity of community and/or promote Aboriginal culture.
- Industry - programs that promote pathways into the mining industry, that aim to address some of the key issues the industry faces or that support technology and innovation.
Donation requests must meet at least one of the following criteria. All requests for donations will be evaluated according the degree which they meet these requirements.
- How well the proposal meets the needs of the local community.
- Whether the organisation and/ or project is aligned to Sandfire’s values and priorities.
- Whether the proposal creates a long-term benefit to the community.
- Whether the proposal has support from the community.
- Whether the proposal allows for Sandfire people to participate.
- Activities that conflict with Sandfire’s values.
- Programs in communities where Sandfire does not have a presence.
- Programs that duplicate services already within the community.
- Programs that are traditionally the role of government.
- Organisations that promote alcohol, smoking, substance abuse or gambling.
- Religious organisations.
- Political parties as per Sandfire’s Code of Conduct.
- Commercial or advertising requests.
All applications must be submitted via Sandfire’s Donations, Sponsorship and Partnership application form. Applicants should submit their request at least two months before funding is required.
Request will be assessed by Sandfire’s donations and sponsorship committee and a response will be provided by email. Sandfire endeavours to provide a prompt response to requests and the reason for the committee’s decision. All decisions made by the committee are final.
If the request is for a partnership arrangement, Sandfire may require additional evidence to inform its decision. This may be sought through face to face meetings and by requesting feedback from community.
Download and complete the application form and send it and any accompanying documentation to:
The Community Relations Department
Sandfire Resources Ltd
PO Box 1495
West Perth WA 6872
Sandfire Resources purchased team uniforms for the Mitakoodi People, who are the recognised Native Title Claim Group in the Cloncurry region where Sandfire has an operating joint venture arrangement as well as exploration tenement holdings. The Mitakoodi People elected to name the mixed aged men’s soccer team the ‘Sandfire Bulls’. The team was highly successful during the local Mount Isa Zone competition and they reached finals before being knocked out in a close match. This sponsorship suitably aligns with Sandfire’s community engagement strategy which promotes healthy lifestyle activities and supports positive community interactions and events. Sandfire looks forward to the ongoing support of events such as this and continuing to foster its strong relationship with the Mitakoodi People.