Case studies

Canada: Opportunities for indigenous communities

Case studies - Canada: Opportunities for indigenous communities

Understanding the impact of gold mining on local communities before, during and after the life of a mine is a vital part of responsible mining. This includes dealing not only with national governments, but understanding the needs and aspirations of indigenous communities.

Chile: Harvesting water from snow

Case studies - Chile: Harvesting water from snow

Responsible gold-mining companies are mindful of their impact on the local environment, but some are also using their expertise in water management to assist communities in remote locations.

Finland: Supporting local fire fighters

Case studies - Finland: Supporting local fire fighters

Gold mining companies require a skilled workforce to operate their sites. The infrastructure, equipment and training in use in mining operations often have wider benefits to communities beyond their immediate economic impact.

Guatemala: Investing in social infrastructure

Case studies - Guatemala: Investing in social infrastructure

While responsible gold mining creates jobs and economic opportunities, many companies also choose to invest in social infrastructure outside of their immediate sphere of operations. Often, this takes the form of partnerships with national or regional governments or community organisations, so that investments are targeted to meet the needs of local populations.

Papua New Guinea: Supporting the financial system

Case studies - Papua New Guinea: Supporting the financial system

Gold is found in developed and developing countries. Some gold-mining companies are working to help overcome challenges faced by low-income and remote communities, such as access to financial products.

Ghana: Healthcare

Case studies - Ghana: Healthcare

Golden Star Resources provides National Health Insurance Scheme coverage for all its Ghanaian employees and their immediate families, as well as providing mine site clinic access for some 5,600 people (employees and their registered family) for 2012. 

Russia: Developing a skilled workforce

Case studies - Russia: Developing a skilled workforce

Kinross’ Kupol operations are located in the remote Chukotka region of northeastern Russia, 200 kilometres from the nearest town. While mining has historically been a cornerstone of the region’s economy, most of the previous mining was completed decades ago and did not employ modern technologies.

Kyrgyz Republic: Local purchasing

Case studies - Kyrgyz Republic: Local purchasing

Centerra’s Kumtor mine is the largest private sector purchaser of goods and services in the country, with over $70 million procured within the Kyrgyz Republic in 2013.