Sandfire recognises we can make a contribution to economic development through the procurement of local goods and services. This contribution has the potential to create economic multipliers and boost supplier capacity. We measure our spend data which is communicated to our external stakeholders though our Annual and Sustainability Reports.
Community investment, local procurement and employment remains a strategic priority for the business. As we move into new jurisdictions and navigate different project phases our approach will continue to meet the specific needs of our host communities. We are committed to engaging with our host communities and governments on appropriate definitions of local. Future sustainability targets will be localised and aligned to the goals of host communities, local government and economic development agendas.
See our Annual and Sustainability Report for our latest initiatives and data.
Ghanzi Hospital Refurbishment
The significant increase of COVID-19 cases in the Ghanzi District highlighted the need for additional facilities to treat COVID patients. To help, our Botswana employees collaborated with the Ghanzi District Health Management Team to renovate a building at the Ghanzi Hospital.
Sandfire donated funds to purchase building materials and our employees volunteered to paint the building. The building will provide isolation housing to an additional eight people.
Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation Ranger Program
The Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation (JJAC) was awarded a grant by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) to run a pilot ranger program within the Nharnuwangga Wajarri and Ngarlawangga (NWN) Native Title Determination area. The purpose of the program is to create a sustainable and collaborative Indigenous Ranger Program to preserve and manage lands entrusted to the NWN people and share knowledge of caring for country.
Sandfire has partnered with the JJAC, Westgold Resources Ltd and DBCA to deliver the two-year pilot program and has committed $75,000 per annum. The program to support the JJAC to deliver monitoring and restoration, complete training programs and tertiary qualifications, and develop a cultural repository to preserve cultural knowledge is anticipated to continue once the two-year pilot has been completed.