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Principle 9

Pursue continual improvement in social performance and contribute
to the social, economic and institutional development of host countries and communities.

Performance expectations

Summary of consultation feedback


Implement inclusive approaches with local communities to identify their development priorities and support activities that contribute to their lasting social and economic wellbeing, in partnership with government, civil society and development agencies, as appropriate.

Some consultees suggested explicitly referring to ‘social and economic wellbeing post-closure’ and that local communities may need some capacity building to effectively participate in development planning. The need to recognise and mitigate unintended consequences from company economic and social investments was identified.


Enable access by local enterprises to procurement and contracting opportunities across the project life-cycle, both directly and by encouraging larger contractors and suppliers, and also by supporting initiatives to enhance economic opportunities for local communities.

Several consultees suggested requiring capacity building/training and support (including financial), so local enterprises can take advantage of opportunities. Some requested incorporating the need to mitigate the risk of corruption, abuse and patronage in local procurement programmes.


Conduct stakeholder engagement based upon an analysis of the local context and provide local stakeholders with access to effective mechanisms for seeking resolution of grievances related to the company and its activities.

Some consultees suggested stakeholder engagement should be throughout the project lifecycle. Others suggested that mechanisms for seeking resolution of grievances should be ‘effective’ and ‘culturally appropriate’.


Collaborate with government, where appropriate, to support improvements in environmental and social practices of local Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM).

Some consultees suggested explicitly requiring engagement with ASM miners, not just government. Others requested that companies should be required to help ASM miners formalise and ‘improve economically (incentivise legalisation)’.

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