As the first industrial gold producer in Senegal, we are committed to setting the benchmark for responsible mining. We believe that as a responsible corporate citizen, our duties include assisting the development of the mining industry in the region while working diligently to manage the impact of our operations, to provide a safe workplace for our employees, and to ensure that our host communities and Senegal at large gain long-term sustainable benefits from our mining activities.
Teranga’s mission is to create value for all of our stakeholders through responsible mining. Management strives to act as a responsible corporate citizen by building projects together with the communities near our operations and by committing to using best available techniques as we carry out our actions. We aim to achieve benefits for all parties involved and to contribute to the sustainability and improved livelihoods for the communities in which we operate. Mining responsibly defines who we are as a company and drives our way of doing business.
Our long-term vision, to become a pre-eminent mid-tier gold producer in Senegal and greater West Africa, depends on our ability to earn our social license to operate through the management of sustainability risks and challenges. To achieve this, we strive to conduct ourselves in accordance with the highest ethical standards. We place a priority on developing long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with host governments and communities, while working to minimize and mitigate the social and environmental impacts of our activities. There is no question that the success of our business is tied to the success and stability of our host communities and to our reputation as a responsible partner in resource development.
Teranga’s CSR mandate is integrated into every level of our organization. To emphasize our CSR commitment at the board level, we established a CSR Board Committee in 2014 that solely focuses on this aspect of our business. At the management level, the CSR management committee is the main framework for addressing CSR matters and includes representation from key departments across the organization. Chaired by the CEO, this committee gathers the different departments involved in the management of our CSR strategy in order to work through our priorities, opportunities and any challenges that may arise. The primary governance channel is a weekly CSR conference call with various heads of department and individuals, ranging from the CEO to the CSR team on-site. This weekly meeting maintains continuous monitoring of CSR projects, on-going dialogue on mining responsibly, and helps foster a culture of responsibility from the top down.