We are committed to the sustainable socio-economic development and well-being of the communities in which we operate and from which we draw our employees. As mining operations have a limited lifespan, our strategic objective is to remain relevant to mining and labour-sending communities by contributing to community development that is sustainable long after mining operations have ceased.

Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with host communities is important in ensuring our licence to operate. Ongoing engagement with communities is necessary to understand, manage and respond to community concerns and expectations.

Our corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy (PDF - 34KB) for our South African operations recognises the need for socio-economic development in the country, starting with the broader communities in which we operate, as well as our labour-sending communities – Lesotho, Eastern Cape Province and Mozambique. This policy includes local economic development (LED) initiatives executed in terms of the Mining Charter, MPRDA regulations and codes of good practice for the minerals and mining industry.

Highlights in FY17

  • We spent R24 million in South Africa and R3 million in Papua New Guinea on local economic development projects
  • For the five-year social and labour plan (SLP) cycle ending December 2017, Harmony's planned expenditure on commitments made in terms of our SLPs (mine community development projects), amounted to R844 million
  • Harmony spent R11 million on corporate social responsibility (CSI) projects
  • In South Africa, CSI priorities were education, social-economic development, sports, broad-based black empowerment, enterprise development and health
  • In Papua New Guinea, CSI focus remained on health, education, agriculture and infrastructure
  • In South Africa, procurement expenditure with black economic empowerment entities stood at R4.4 billion or 78% of discretionary spend

Material issues

For further information, please see our Integrated annual report 2017.