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Mining and communities

Mining has an impact on communities. That impact can be positive – catalysing social and economic development, transforming people’s lives for the better– but risks being negative should a company act insensitively. Responsible mining companies recognise that they need to proactively engage with communities to build strong relationships based on trust and respect. They seek to minimise negative impacts and maximise benefits, building long-term mutually beneficial relationships.

Focus areas

Community relations and development

Human rights

Indigenous Peoples


Handling and resolving local-level concerns and grievances

Projects with significant impacts—even those managed to the highest standards—community grievances are inevitable.


This work supports the above sustainable development goals.