Social & Environmental
At Hummingbird Resources we believe that it is our duty to work across all of our operations in the most socially and environmentally responsible way possible. From board level through to junior staff working on the ground, every Hummingbird employee recognises the importance of working safely and respecting the environment and the people of the country we are privileged to work in.
Hummingbird Resources - Provides a safe working environment and invests in the skills of our workforce - Engages and consults with local communities, working towards development together - Respects and protects the natural environment
Hummingbird Resources invests directly in the people of Liberia. We believe that this is the greatest lasting contribution that can be made. Our education and training programmes are central to our CSR strategy allowing us to operate safely and sustainably. By developing skills in our workforce, Hummingbird’s activities will have positive multiplier effects to the wider population.
In July 2012 the company began a wholesale review of its corporate social responsibility activities, processes and systems, and has employed the use of internationally renowned consultants, Wardell Armstrong International, to help deliver this going forward. As well as ensuring complete regulatory compliance, Hummingbird Resources intends to conduct all of its practices in line with requirements set forth by the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) Performance Standards, as well as other standards of best practice such as the ICMM 10 principles for sustainable development.
Although Liberia’s developmental and socio-economic challenges continue, our actions as a responsible company have a long-term impact by supporting sustainable growth, especially within the rural areas where we operate. Living and working in Liberia is a great privilege and we aim to leave a legacy which endures beyond the life of a mine, economically, environmentally and socially.
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The company is involved in various philanthropic works, including:
- the building and rehabilitation of wells and town halls in village communities near the explorations projects
- building more than 20 bridges on main access routes into the bush
- repairing over 120km of public roads around our project areas
- a sanitation programme and building of community latrines in Monrovia
- sponsoring 15 geological students through the university in Monrovia
- sponsoring the full renovation of the library at the Liberian Geological Survey
- sponsoring the Sinoe County Football Team.
All of these projects are considered essential to Hummingbird in creating a positive working environment between ourselves and the local people. This has allowed Hummingbird to achieve a more positive and responsive work place than that of our competitors.
With the prospect of development it is crucial that the unique environment of Liberia is not overlooked. Much wildlife is now severely under threat after years of grossly corrupt concession agreements and desperation created by war, forced people into poaching and exploitation of the forest.