Mining can play an important role in sustainable development by acting as a catalyst for positive change. We recognize the importance of contributing to an environment in which both the community and our business can flourish.
Hudbay’s community development efforts focus on:
When we enter a region, we engage with the communities to understand their social and economic development needs and priorities. From there, we create programs focused on delivering lasting benefits, in strong collaboration with the community.
In Peru, we made specific commitments to invest in health, education and social development as part of the land use agreements with the communities of Uchucarco and Chilloroya. Multi-sectorial committees for development (CMD) comprising Hudbay and community representatives approve and oversee the projects being carried out using the proceeds of the agreements (see community investment case study).
In addition, we signed co-operation agreements with communities in our indirect areas of influence, which spell out social development projects that we will work on together within a specified voluntary budget provided by Hudbay. We also engage with different levels of government and prioritize development projects that can be implemented as public-private partnerships.
In Canada, Hudbay’s first mine gave rise to the towns of Flin Flon and Creighton, and we remain an integral part of the social and economic fabric of the region almost 90 years later. From 2008 to 2012, the Hudbay 80th Anniversary Project supported 28 projects from a $1 million capital pool established to benefit community initiatives. Today, we place heavy emphasis on educational support and training, as a means of strengthening community capacity and building a local talent pool available to Hudbay and other employers. We are a primary supporter of the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy and we have strong affiliations with local universities, colleges and high schools.
We are in the process of finalizing a corporate community investment policy that will articulate our standards for donations, sponsorships, funding to community programs and funding that flows through community agreements.
|Electric power distribution system||Reliable electricity supply for 410 families||Chilloroya|
|Basic sanitation system||Better health conditions for 428 families (2,140 people)||Chilloroya|
|School facilities, including buildings, virtual classrooms, sports facilities and a computer centre||Benefiting more than 1,600 students and teachers||Chilloroya, Uchucarco, Casa Blanca, Merques, Huaylia, Collana Alta|
|Farm machinery purchase||Benefiting 71 people who formed a company and are expanding their business||Casa Blanca|
|Home gardens training||113 families trained in vegetable crop production||Uchurcarco, Merques, Collana Alta|
|Learn and Begin program||80% of students improved their reading comprehension and mathematical reasoning||Chumbivilcas|
|Milk production improvement||75% increase in milk production benefiting 200 farmers||Uchucarco|
|Meat and wool productivity improvement||75% increase in sheep meat and wool production benefiting 100 farmers||Chilloroya|
|Velille District Municipality||Support “Sierra Productiva” project to help agricultural entrepreneurs|
|Livitaca District Municipality||Co-financing for improvement and expansion of basic sanitation system and Technical Institute equipment|
|Cusco Regional Government and Chumbivilcas Province Municipality||Financing pre-investment studies for Chumbivilcas hospital|
|Development and Social Inclusion Ministry and Cusco Regional Government||100% financing of capabilities development for Chumbivilcas Young People Pilot Project, which helps young people make the transition from school to work|
|Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry||Boosting agricultural and livestock development program in Chumbivilcas, through Agroideas Program, improving family income of Velille residents, using modern irrigation systems, pasture cultivation, livestock breeding, and construction and implementation of a dairy factory at Cullahuata, among others|
|Labour and Employment Promotion Ministry||Collaborate in training, networking and employment of vulnerable populations near Constancia|
|Energy and Mines Ministry||Support “Cocina Perú” national program through delivery of gas stoves to residents in Chumbivilcas and support the distribution and installation of solar panels in local facilities|
|Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco (UNSAAC) and the Universidad Nacional San Agustin de Arequipa (UNSA)||Scholarship funds (including the Hudbay Grant and the Hudbay Classroom) to jointly develop education and training projects and improve infrastructure|
|Asociacion Vida Peru||Agreement to manage donations of medicines, medical equipment, educational materials and other goods from abroad, and to fund all logistics needed to deliver the goods to the poorest populations near Constancia|
|Lead medical and solid waste collection campaigns in local communities and surrounding districts|