TiZir continually seeks to improve its performance in all areas of sustainable development. The company’s operations benefit local communities both directly and indirectly. TiZir’s commitment is to improve the security, welfare and prosperity of the communities in which its people live and work, and where its business operates. TiZir is invested in the creation of robust sustainable development policies and activities that are attuned to the needs and aspirations of local communities in Senegal and Norway.
At the Grande Côte Mineral Sands Project
The GCO Community Relations Dept and Social Responsibilities have been running for a long time. They have built and developed trustful and solid relationships not only with the hosting communities but also with governmental authorities and NGO’s.
GCO puts a greater emphasis on the social dialogue with its stakeholders particularly with the local communities through an ongoing participatory process to provide them with updates on company activities, but also to gain their feedbacks about their concerns and expectations in order to continuously improve its stakeholders’ engagement plans and systems when and where necessary.
As a responsible mining company, GCO continues consistently to help improve the lives of the local community particularly those most impacted by its mining operations through its Social Mining Program in various key areas such as Education, Health and Sanitation, Water Supply, Community Socio-economic Development & Capacity Building etc… Projects already completed include the establishment of an Eco village, resettlement housing project, health centres, ambulance service, provision of water supply to neighbouring villages, the construction of schools, becoming a partner of AFRIVAC for Senegalese children immunization programs, and the implementation of campaigns for the fight against HIV/AIDS and aggressive malaria control programs in nearby villages. Small local businesses have been supported through GCO and also entrepreneurship programs have been set up for its host community. As part of its mining operations, GCO employs almost 500 locals directly, with much of this employment being in skilled, capacity-building positions. Additionally, wherever possible, the company uses Senegalese contractors.
With regards to land compensation, GCO has developed strategies & rates which are amongst Senegal best practices. Where moving local populations is not avoidable, involuntary community resettlement is handled based on the IFC and World Bank standards and guidelines in joint collaboration with the Senegalese authorities.
GCO’s priesthood is to run its operations in a very efficient way, to share the benefits with its hosting communities and beyond, the entire Senegalese nation with less adverse impacts on them and keeps working on a daily basis to achieve this goal.
At TiZir Titanium & Iron
As the largest employer in Tyssedal, TTI’s goal is to maintain its position as an active and responsible member of the Tyssedal community. The company strives to achieve this goal in a number of ways;
TTI is committed to maintaining an active apprenticeship program and increasing the employment opportunities for women at the site. TTI also provides support to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology by employing a Research and Development faculty member and financially supporting postgraduate students.
A fund has been dedicated to foster improvements in the health and cultural vibrancy of the Tyssedal community. Over the years, the company has provided assistance to local clubs and organisations such as the Tyssedal Sport and Athletics Club and the community Choir. Together with local teams and organisations, TTI actively pursues common win- win opportunities in utilizing common resources, so far this has resulted in two artificial football pitches and a sport centre.
TTI supports neighbouring businesses through the purchase of their own goods and services, regularly loaning the company’s equipment to employees and also arranging social events for employees (both retired and current) and their families. The company ensures that its neighbours and key stakeholders are regularly informed of its activities, via the distribution of reports published in Norwegian and English.