Community relations

Community Relations Policy

We believe that the building of relationships based on trust and mutual advantage is essential to Flinders Mines business success. Our commitment is to create mutual advantage in all our relationships so that Flinders Mines is a preferred business partner.

We do this by:

  • Understanding and respecting the needs and aspirations of all members of the communities that we work with;
  • Conducting our activities in ways which will benefit those with whom we work;
  • Acting as a responsible member of the communities in which we operate;
  • Demonstrating respect for the values, views and rights of individuals.

We will work to build relationships founded upon:

  • Open and transparent communication;
  • Learning from others;
  • Mutual interdependence;
  • Sharing success.

This policy will be pursued in conjunction with Flinders Mines Environment and Health and Safety policies, and within Australia, the Australian Indigenous People Policy.

Community Relations Statement of Commitment

Flinders Mines considers that social responsibilities are an integral part of business. We are committed to managing our activities in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. We endeavour to build sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders.

Flinders Mines demonstrates a commitment to community relations through:

Maintaining a high level of consultation with local landholders and key stakeholders to ensure that they are aware of current and future activities.

  • Protecting sites of cultural or heritage value.
  • Assisting in the development of independently sustainable local businesses.
  • Purchasing items and using services from local businesses, where practicable.
  • Providing work experience opportunities for students of local schools, where practicable.
  • Developing and implementing a plan to provide front-line field staff with heritage site identification training.
  • Ensuring that employees and contractors receive an induction in environment and community relations aspects.
  • Continuing to attend public, community and government meetings to demonstrate Flinders Mines commitment to being a socially responsible member of the local community.

Indigenous People Policy

Flinders Mines respects the traditions and cultures of Indigenous People, and recognises the unique relationship that Indigenous People have to both land and sea. Flinders Mines believes that effective management of indigenous matters forms an integral part of successful operations.

Flinders Mines principles in dealing with Indigenous People are:

  • The building of trust and respect.
  • Respect for human and property rights, and sites of cultural or religious significance.
  • A clear and concise approach to negotiations with landowners.
  • Adherence to acceptable protocols and meeting procedures that are endorsed by Indigenous People.
  • Identification and implementation of commercial enterprises, employment and career development opportunities.

Flinders Mines as a minimum, will comply with laws and regulations relating to Indigenous People in states and countries in which it operates. However, it also expects its managers to be educated and active in fostering long term relationships with Indigenous People.

Indigenous People Statement of Commitment

Flinders Mines is committed to developing and maintaining relationships of mutual understanding and respect with the indigenous peoples of the areas in which the company is operating or proposes to operate.

The Company and its employees recognise and respect Aboriginal traditions, culture and heritage.

The Company will protect heritage sites in accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation.

Where appropriate it will conduct archaeological and anthropological studies in order to identify sites of cultural significance and avoid accidental damage of those sights.

We will ensure that our employees and contractors approach the Company’s activities at culturally significant sites with understanding and recognition of the desire of indigenous peoples to fulfil their responsibilities within their traditional culture.

Flinders Mines aims to develop positive working relationships with local Aboriginal people based on respect.

To achieve this aim the Company will, wherever reasonably feasible and appropriate, provide local indigenous groups with the opportunity to participate directly or indirectly in employment opportunities and where appropriate provide the opportunity for local indigenous businesses to tender for the supply of goods and services to the Company.