Our mission is to discover and develop the earth’s resources in an efficient and responsible manner. Orezone has adopted an approach to exploration and development that is built on a foundation of widely accepted industry standards and best practices including the Performance Standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), e3 Plus Principles and Guidance – A Framework for Responsible Exploration, and ISO 26000. As importantly, the experience we gained at Essakane, which involved working with communities to resettle over 12,000 people, the construction of new homes, schools, churches, mosques and clinics, and the hiring and training of hundreds of workers, guides us as we move Bomboré, and other projects in time, through feasibility and towards production.
Trust, cooperation, collaboration and a deep respect for the local people, their language, livelihoods, traditions and customs, are at the heart of our approach to exploration and development. We engage early in open honest dialogue with the local communities and stakeholders, and are committed to ensuring that they realize the maximum possible benefit from our activities. Orezone recognizes that although it is granted exploration and development rights from the government, it must also gain the support, participation and commitment of local communities and government.
Orezone meets with its stakeholders to explain the mining cycle, from exploration through development, production and reclamation, to ensure they understand what to expect, and when. We listen to and understand their developmental priorities and highlight the benefits and opportunities that our activities can provide in the short and long term. This includes improved access to clean drinking water, healthcare, better sanitation, employment and safe working conditions, and training. On a regular basis, we keep these stakeholders apprised of our current exploration activities in their region, and inform and remind them of safety precautions.
We also recognize that our development and sustainability efforts are part of a broader set of activities being driven by the communities, governments, NGOs and other organizations. As such, we work closely and collaboratively with these groups at the appropriate stage to help ensure we are efficiently aligned with these programs, so that the impact of our initiatives is maximized.
One of the key measures of success we evaluate in our drive to becoming a gold producer is the degree to which we positively impact the communities in which we operate.