Guinea Alumina Corporation aspires to be measured amongst the world’s leading mining companies in meeting its environmental and social responsibilities.
GAC subscribes to the International Finance Corporation’s performance standards for environmental and social responsibility, and the Equator Principles. These are world-class performance standards for the mining industry, GAC has a significant part to play in ensuring that these aspirations are met.
GAC's environmental controls include specific management plans for bio-diversity, erosion and sediment control, water, rehabilitation and reforestation, dredging and waste disposal, air quality, and noise and vibration control.
In both 2016 and 2017, the Guinean Bureau of Environmental Studies and Assessments approved GAC’s Social and Environmental Impact Study, by which commitments were made for the protection of the environment, as well as to guarantee GAC's continued responsibility and commitment towards social development and community investments. The study was thereafter endorsed and validated by a group of lenders, including International Finance Corporation and Africa Development Bank, through a peer review process conducted by their independent engineer, Palaris Euorpe.
Safety is the first priority of everyone at GAC and the only acceptable goal is zero harm. In 2017, GAC achieved a significant milestone of 7.2 million man-hours without a Lost Time Injury, equivalent to one person working for over 7,600 years without an accident.
GAC has a zero-tolerance policy of drugs and alcohol abuse. This is not only in order to protect our employees, but also our contractors, sub-contractors, and the community.
GAC works with various specialist consultancies and non-governmental organisations on the protection of fauna and flora.
As there are West African chimpanzees present in our mining concession, we work with the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation and have agreed with the Government to fund the creation and protection of an offset site elsewhere in Guinea.
This programme is expected to increase the total population of chimpanzees in the country.
The development of our project particularly affects those who have been living and working on or near our mining concession and other worksites. We are conscious that the benefits of our project for society as a whole come at the cost of disturbance to some of our closest neighbours.
To achieve this, GAC is investing in the training and development of its employees, here and abroad. This includes seconding high-potential Guinean employees to Emirates Global Aluminium in the United Arab Emirates to deepen their skills and broaden their experience.
Since 2014, almost 50 Guineans have participated in this programme which we call GAC Skills. GAC has already invested some US$ 1 million in this programme.
GAC is also training about 150 people on the mining operation position in order to facilitate them insertion on the market.
Our aim is to ensure that the living standards and economic opportunities of affected people are at least maintained and where possible enhanced as a result of the development of our project.
We have also provided more than 22,000 hours of skills training and development to staff in Guinea over the past two years. Our key areas of focus are leadership, the English language, and relevant professional specialisations. Almost 90 employees have participated in this training.
Each person has particular circumstances and needs. We prepare Resettlement Action Plans (RAP) for each individual case.
Document related to RAP Kamsar 2016 are available for download here.
Document related to RAP Béli Kindy 2016 are available for download here.
Document related to LRP Béli Kindy 2017 are available for download here.
Document related to RAP Sangarédi & Kamsar 2008 are available for download here.
As part of its obligation to demonstrate transparency of operation, GAC is publishing its Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) regarding "Access Roads and Exploitation Quarries for Plateaus 20 and 26". The publication of this comprehensive document outlines the process of identification and impact management following the acquisition of the lands for:
the construction of access roads linking the infrastructure platform and the railway terminal to the quarries, in order to enable exploitation of plateaus 20 and 26, and
the bauxite mining on plateaus 20 and 26 (years 1 to 5 years of operations).
This RAP is a continuation of the work already undertaken in relation to the Beli Kindi resettlement project.
One of the major components of this RAP is the impact on the community lands affected by the project, when compensation is in the form of community development projects. These projects will be identified by the communities themselves and the local authorities. Although there is no physical relocation, there is a support component in terms of livelihood restoration, especially for some livestock herders who use the plateaus as pasture land.
Finally, this RAP was developed by an independent team consisting of Boréalis, a specialist in information management and project management, the ANTHROPOLINKS social science research office, and Frederic Giovannetti, a resettlement specialist.
Resettlement Action Plan
GAC has prepared a Land Acquisition, Compensation and Resettlement Framework that establishes the principles, procedures, rights, eligibility and management criteria of compensation we give for the impacts due to property acquisition and ground disturbances.