Community investment is a crucial pillar of IAMGOLD's overall commitment to Zero Harm. Zero Harm represents our commitment to continually strive to reach the highest standards in human health and safety, minimize our impact on the environment, and work cooperatively with our stakeholders. Our business is about looking for opportunities through partnerships — with governments, host communities, civil society, other companies, and our employees — to build a healthy, safe and sustainable future. That's why our sustainability approach starts with fostering honest and respectful relationships with host communities to better understand their needs and identify together the opportunities and common goals to deliver projects that will continue to have positive impacts far beyond the closure of our operations.
Through partnering with the Government of Canada, like-minded private enterprises and civil society groups, IAMGOLD is committed to supporting long-term economic and human capital development in the Sahel. Our engagement is guided by best practices from the International Finance Corporation and UN Guiding Principles.
"IAMGOLD is committed to responsible mining in every jurisdiction in which we operate, including at our flagship Essakane mine in Burkina Faso. It is the right thing to do, reflects our Canadian values and is good business. Responsible mining companies - on environmental, community and safety fronts - that also make a real commitment to supporting sustainable long-term economic development through innovative projects will be preferred investors and employers with strong support at every level in the countries where they operate. By partnering with leaders in government, the private and non-profit sectors we can empower communities and make a positive and lasting difference in people's lives." Steve Letwin President & Chief Executive Officer IAMGOLD