Recognizing that mining activities can often have profound impacts on the communities living on and around mineral property areas, which might lead to disruption or breakdown of existing socio-economic activities and of social, cultural and traditional values, Southern Arc strives to minimise or mitigate any negative impacts its activities might have on the environment and on the lives and livelihoods of people within the communities it operates.
Southern Arc is conscious of the fact that the company's long-term success at both the global and at the community level depends on creating value within the communities it operates. This in turn provides added value for our shareholders. From the day that Southern Arc considers exploring in a particular geographic location, the company's success is tied to its ability to operate in a manner that improves the lives of the people in the surrounding communities, in a safe and socially and environmentally responsible manner.
Southern Arc's government relations officer and Sumbawa Regency staff undertaking company socialization activities at Ropang village, near East Elang
Local community leaders, NGOs, youth and religious groups, and interested parties from the Ropang Sub-district attending East Elang socialization meetings
By maintaining high standards for protecting human health and the environment, and working in cooperation with the company's host communities in Indonesia, Southern Arc endeavors to create sustainable, long-term economic and social opportunities. Among the company's goals is to be recognized by the communities as well as the central, regional and local governments as the premier mining company for the exploration and the development of new projects in Indonesia.
Keen to establish good working relations with members of the local community, Southern Arc encourages the participation of the community as an important stakeholder and in the discussion of matters of concern either through the local government or directly with community leaders and members through socialization meetings and other activities.
Furthermore, Southern Arc endeavours to employ as many people from the local communities as is feasible in order to provide local economic opportunities and return a share of the company's benefits, as well as better understand local geological, mineral, and social and cultural issues. The latter is especially important as it allows us to develop a local operations strategy that permits Southern Arc to:
Where feasible, Southern Arc seeks to maximize employment, training and even business opportunities for members of local communities, using fair, open and transparent selection processes carried out with the cooperation of community leaders. Through our operations and development of projects we are committed to contributing to community projects that are identified using community need analyses. We will also proactively identify opportunities to leverage community development projects and empower other sectors through partnerships.
Southern Arc recognizes that the actions and conduct of every one of its employees and contractors are the basis on which stakeholders will evaluate the company's commitment to achieving the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility.