On the back of receiving a ‘Green Energy’ award at the 2012 Africa Mining Congress in South Africa a couple of weeks ago, Canadian gold mining and exploration company SEMAFO has now signed up to the UN Global Compact.
As SEMAFO notes in its press release, mining companies make up just 2 per cent of Global Compact members. This marks out SEMAFO as a potential industry leader in terms of corporate social responsibility.
Certainly it seems the government of Burkino Faso, where a year ago the company began funding a half-hour weekly national radio campaign to raise awareness about economic and environmental issues, is impressed.
Said Luc Adolphe TIAO, Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, in a statement: “We would like to express our gratitude towards SEMAFO, a company that in its mining operations and its commitment to social responsibility, is the corporate role model our country needs.”
Other initiatives it has helped support include the construction of health clinics and schools, in addition to a cervical cancer prevention programme in partnership with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.
As well as the Mana Mine in Burkina Faso, the company also has operations in the Samira Hill Mine in Niger, and the Kiniero Mine in Guinea. The firm’s 2012 sustainability report wil be published in March – one to look out for.