At New Gold, we understand that our business success is dependent on the support of local communities. We strive to maintain relationships built on respect and trust, to align our goals with the interests of our host communities and to contribute to their cultural and economic health and welfare. Only by thoroughly understanding the people, their histories, and their needs and plans, can we ensure that the development process will be meaningful and beneficial to all.
Our Approach to Community Engagement
We begin to engage with local communities while a project is still in the development stage, and then continue to foster open communication with local residents and leaders, and other communities of interest throughout the mine’s life and long after the mine’s closure. At all times we work to be a full partner in the long-term sustainability of the communities and regions in which we operate.
Wherever our operations interact with indigenous peoples, we endeavour to understand and respect traditional values, customs and culture. We take meaningful actions to serve their development needs and priorities through collaborative agreements aimed at creating jobs, training and lasting socio-economic benefits.
Supporting Sustainable Development and Improving Quality of Life
All New Gold operations and projects preferentially hire locally and engage local services wherever possible as a means to create local direct and indirect economic benefits. Local hiring and purchasing generally makes good business sense. In addition, we provide apprenticeship training and education opportunities and support training programs locally and regionally, to support the development of career options in mining for local community members.
We make significant investments in community infrastructure projects, promote economic prosperity and foster local entrepreneurship, and support diversified local capacity building and economic development to ensure we leave a positive legacy in our host communities.
In every community in which we operate, we support initiatives that improve education, healthcare, the environment, and cultural resources—the cornerstones to better communities where people can live healthier, balanced lives. We are open and enthusiastic in our participation in programs, campaigns and organizations that foster caring and thriving communities.
Further information on community investments is available in each site’s Sustainability Report as well as in the New Gold Sustainability Report.