In this SDG Awards 2017 entry:
Voting Category: Large Organization
Teranga Gold is committed to helping advance the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- SDG 2: No Hunger
- SDG 3 Good health
- SDG 4: Quality Education
- SDG 5: Gender Equality
- SDG 8: Good Jobs and Economic Growth
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
#2 No Hunger
In an effort to develop local agriculture and food security, Teranga has created a market garden program consisting of 10 market gardens to date. These market gardens help the local communities create sustainable livelihoods by providing food and a source of income. The Company also donated 20+ grain mills as well as equipment and technical services to improve animal health and husbandry skills particularly in the poultry sector.
#3 Good health
Good health is the priority in and around the mine site and communities. Recognizing that malaria is one of the biggest challenges in the area to both employees and communities, Teranga has implemented a sustained integrated malaria control program within the workplace that is based on scientific principles and international best practice and standards. It consists of indoor residual spraying, fogging, larvaciding, and environmental management. The company also maintains an effective indoor residual spray program in the community. To further promote good health, we have built and equipped six clinics and donated two ambulances to service the area since 2011.
#4 Quality Education
Teranga is a strong advocate of local youth education, supporting students from kindergarten to secondary level with donation of supplies, construction of infrastructures and a number of bursary programs. By providing hands-on vocational skills training (focusing on agricultural skills and technical maintenance), equipment and infrastructure to schools, supporting women with professional and capacity building training, and by putting an emphasis on local training and development of employees we embrace a culture of sustainable growth through education within our workplace and communities.
#5 Gender Equality
Teranga has developed community programs such as market gardens that empower women and build their capacities to offer them greater economic independence. Women are key to the proper functioning of the community and their strong sense of responsibility makes them the perfect partners for implementing successful agriculture, health, nutrition, and hygiene community-run programs.
#8 Good Jobs and Economic Growth
Teranga employs 93% national employees. Over 80 training programs ranging from literacy to business skills development are provided to employees. The Company prioritizes local employee progression and promotion over external hiring. Teranga is also focused on sustainable economic growth initiatives, such supporting the cotton industry and local procurement skills development, facilitating economic independence well beyond its life of mine.
#17 Partnerships for the Goals
Teranga has consummated long-term partnerships with Canadian and Senegalese governments, NGOs and other organizations focused on sustainable regional development.
SDG 2: No Hunger
- More than 900 women from the local communities benefited from the market gardens,
- Producing over 350 tonnes of produce since 2013.
- 4 tractors were donated benefiting 225 local farmers over 422 ha in 2016
- 3 vaccination parks were put in place to support an annual cattle vaccination campaign.
- 713 chicken were produced in 2016 by 10 households and 4 community associations.
SDG 3: Good Health
- Since 2011, the malaria spray program benefits over 11,000 people every year in and around the mine in Senegal.
- Teranga built and supported 2 health posts in 2016, improving health access in its zone of influence beyond WHO standards
SDG 4: Quality Education
- Teranga’s donations benefit over 3,000 pupils every year, this includes 1,800 primary school pupils receiving free school supplies
- 90 students receive bursaries for secondary education
- accommodation of 200 Kédougou students studying in Dakar
- Teranga partners with several educational institutions to provide hands-on training and work experience in the field of mining at a world-class facility. In 2016, 104 interns were provided an internship on the Sabodala mine site, in technical, mining and administration fields.
SDG 5: Gender Equality
- The market garden program allows women to earn their own money and provide them healthier opportunities than artisanal mining to make a living. 3rd generation of market gardens include drop by drop irrigation system (installed in 5 market gardens) to further ease women workload, free some time for other activities and increase production.
- Donated 20+ grain mills and organized women in associations to become autonomous in the maintenance and management of the mills
- Easier access to water points to ease women’s workloads
- Investing in mother and child health with specific programs such as a malaria spray, vaccination, maternity leave, and providing health infrastructures to reduce the risks associated to pregnancy.
- Ensuring that every dialogue framework between the company and the community counts women representatives.
- Ensuring that their voice is heard and taken into account when discussing community investment
SDG 8: Good Jobs and Economic Growth
In 2016, in Senegal:
- Teranga employed 1,123 Senegalese out of a total 1,209 employees
- 52% of which are specifically from the region of the mine
- 130 Senegalese employees have progressed in their job
- 40 Senegalese employees promoted.
- 106 employees celebrated 10 years working for Sabodala, as of December 31, 2016.
In 2016 in Burkina Faso:
- 79 out of 86 of our employees are Burkinabe.
SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals
- Teranga’s partnership with Global Affairs Canada resulted in the creation of the Canadian Cooperation Roundtable and the completion of Kédougou’s departmental development plans, making Kédougou the first Senegalese region to prepare the groundwork for regional socio-economic development.
As Teranga Gold progresses towards mid-tier producer status in the three countries in which we have established a presence in West Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire), we will continue to lead with CSR just as we have done at our flagship operation in Sabodala.
Our vision remains continued collaboration and community leadership in the areas of sustainable economic development. We will pursue our vision by continuing to focus our efforts on fostering economic independence through capacity building of our communities, local, regional and national governments. More specifically, we will work towards progressing the achievement of the UN SDGs and continue monitor our impact in the regions where we operate, in the areas of sustainable economic growth, agriculture and food security, youth education and training and environmental management.
Beyond community investment, Teranga strives to create long-term partnerships with our stakeholders to develop solutions and projects which will provide enduring socio-economic development in the countries we operate in. These partnerships also focus on sharing the benefits of responsible mining with our stakeholders.
We believe that mining companies have an opportunity to become partners of choice for local socio-economic development. They are able to reach out to international partners and catalyze resources and skills to further benefit the region. This is successfully demonstrated in Senegal, where Teranga operates Sabodala Gold Operations (SGO), the first gold mine in the country, setting the benchmark for the industry in the country.
The Regional Development Strategy allowed SGO to unify key stakeholders interested in the development of the Kédougou Region, inclusive of the communities, local and regional government institutions, as well as Canadian institutions such as the Government of Canada and government aid agencies.
SGO also regularly participates in regional events and roundtables held by civil society, government, NGOS and donors in order to address the concerns and priorities of stakeholders from the Kédougou region.
SGO has also developed several partnerships with institutional partners to deliver specialized education, such as the Lycée Technique de Kédougou, the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, and the Lycée Jeanne d’Arc. The company also welcomes a number of interns every year to provide them with practical experience in a world class environment.
Key Partnerships to Date:
- Canadian Cooperation Roundtable: involving 30 institutions to facilitate partnerships focused on economic development
- USAID Yajeende: improving food security through agricultural programs
- Fondation Paul Gerin Lajoie: supporting vocational training for 50 regional youth
- Global Affairs Canada: strengthening local governance through the creation of Departmental Development and Land Use Management Plans, making Kédougou the first Senegalese region to prepare the ground work for regional socio economic development
- White Gold for Life Initiative: reviving the cotton value chain in Senegal