We recognise the importance of communicating openly and transparently with stakeholders.
We recognise the importance of communicating openly and transparently with stakeholders. So, when the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) approached Baffinland about creating a local consultation group in the closest affected community to the mine, Pond Inlet, Nunavut, we responded with the creation of the Mary River Community Group (MRCG).
The group consists of a maximum of nine (9) community delegates comprised of Elders, youth and women, along with representatives from QIA, Hunters and Trappers Organisation, The Local Hamlet, and a specialist as invited by the MRCG.
The purpose of the MRCG is to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas related to the Mary River project. Discussion topics include environmental concerns and monitoring, cultural considerations, local economic development, employment, education and training, engagement of youth, public safety, and other socio-economic matters. The MRCG also provides the opportunity for local community members to present their perspectives, ask questions and seek information.
Involving our local community members in the planning and implementation of projects contributes to long-term success. By consulting local stakeholders, we learn more about their needs and concerns, and in doing so, can work towards achieving mutual satisfaction. The MRCG met with the company four times in 2015, and will continue to congregate as the project develops.
While our business units positively impact the communities in which we operate, we also understand the potential for adverse effects. We aim to involve local populations in decision-making processes where applicable and always aim to improve transparency.
Our steelmaking facility in Hamilton, Ontario, also has a Community Liaison Committee that meets three to four times per year. These meetings are open to all community members. The Committee is managed by ArcelorMittal Dofasco, with oversight from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. It includes members representing a variety of community stakeholders, including education, industry, business and non-governmental organisations.