Arrium recognises that achieving positive sustainable relationships with the communities in which we operate is imperative to doing business. We promote values and initiatives, such as investment and engagement, that show respect for the people and communities associated with our business.
Our employees pride themselves on physically and/or financially supporting regional and local activities through providing education and training, donations and sponsorships through to charity fundraising events, all of which require personal commitment and the dedication of individuals. We provide community financial support through Arrium’s workplace giving program ‘OneCommunity’, and other community investments outside this program.
Via our OneCommunity Workplace Giving Program in 2015, we donated approximately $225,000. The program supports 12 charities and is the primary mechanism through which we contribute to charities in Australia. The current charities supported through OneCommunity are:
In FY15, the value of financial donations and other support in addition to the OneCommunity program was approximately $927,000. This included support for the communities in all the countries in which Arrium operates.
Stronger relationships with Indigenous communities
At our Mining operations in Whyalla, South Australia, we maintain strong relationships with the local Indigenous communities and traditional owners of the land. In 2014 a local Indigenous business, Walga Mining was awarded the contract to provide services at the Iron Knob mine site, directly employing between 30 and 40 people. Walga Mining aims to be a profitable, 100% Aboriginal-owned company that is a benchmark and role model for other indigenous groups.
“There has been a significant amount of work in recent years to help give our company a start in business, so we truly value and appreciate the support Arrium Mining has provided in enabling us to achieve this major milestone,” Walga Mining Executive Director, Elliott McNamara.