Positive impacts of mining - case studies

Mining and communities in Canada

Positive impacts of mining - case studies - Mining and communities in 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 to ensure positive impacts.

Gold mining and the environment in Chile

Positive impacts of mining - case studies - Gold mining and the environment in 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.

Social effects of mining in Finland

Positive impacts of mining - case studies - Social effects of mining in 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.

Mining in Guatemala

Positive impacts of mining - case studies - Mining in 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.

Socio-economic impact of mining in Papua New Guinea

Positive impacts of mining - case studies - Socio-economic impact of mining in 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.

Gold and health in Ghana

Positive impacts of mining - case studies - Gold and health in Ghana

New national health insurance

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. 

Social effects of mining in Russia

Positive impacts of mining - case studies - Social effects of mining in 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.

Mining supply chains in Kyrgyz Republic

Positive impacts of mining - case studies - Mining supply chains in Kyrgyz Republic

Building 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.