Making change for the better: Steve Walls with Heather King (Sirius Minerals), Mark Kenrick (px group) & Iain Wright (NEPIC)
As they develop a project to build a new mine near Whitby, a 23-mile tunnel to a processing plant at Wilton International and harbour facilities at Bran Sands – with mining operations planned for many decades to come – Sirius Minerals has taken every step possible to ensure that they play an active and positive role in the local community.
The firm has established the Sirius Minerals Foundation to support community projects that benefit the local area. Annual royalty contributions of 0.5% of revenue is gifted to the independent foundation, which based on current estimates could reach £14 million during full production. £2 million has already been paid into the foundation to support an array of community projects including sports clubs, schools, charities and village halls across the project area. In December, 80 projects were awarded a total of £300,000.
In the meantime, an extensive 4-year education outreach programme, involving over seventy schools and 8,000 young people, has been rolled out. In 2017 alone, Sirius Minerals took part in 35 education events and activities and are working with schools to develop teaching resources to enrich the STEM curriculum. Furthermore, the firm has taken on 10 apprentices and new graduates, are working with TTE to develop an engineering programme for a further 50 apprentices and stand by their commitment to source 80% of operation workforce from the local area.
Committed to Corporate Social Responsibility since the project commenced, the firm is continually making meaningful contributions to the social and economic well- being of the area, as well as keeping the community informed as the project develops. A very worthy winner of the first NEPIC communities & reputation award.
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