Community Wellbeing

    The Community Wellbeing thematic area examines companies' efforts related to their interactions with mining-affected communities and other key stakeholder groups. Community Wellbeing indicators assess the extent to which companies have policies and systems in place to respect human rights, assess, manage, track and remedy their socio-economic impacts, and ensure meaningful engagement with local stakeholder groups including Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, children, persons with disabilities, and artisanal and small-scale miners.

    Average of the best scores achieved collectively by all companies for each one of the indicators under the thematic area

    Average of the scores achieved by each one of the companies under this thematic area

    Commitment (3 indicators)
    Action (12 indicators)
    Effectiveness (8 indicators)

    The 0.00-6.00 scale is the scoring scale used in the assessment.

    Summary of results

    The Community Wellbeing results show the largest number of low-scoring companies relative to other thematic areas, with over one-third of the companies showing little or no evidence of action on many issues. The results on human rights issues illustrate well a general trend seen in the RMI Report 2020, that commitments tend to be more common than actions, and that effectiveness monitoring and review is the weakest area of all. In this case, while the vast majority of companies have made formal commitments to respect human rights, far fewer companies have put in place systems to conduct human rights due diligence across their operations, and even fewer companies show evidence of tracking and reviewing their performance on managing human rights issues.

    One area that has seen some progress since the RMI Report 2018 is that of company commitments to respect the rights of human rights defenders. A few more companies have recently made such commitments, although one company (Newmont) still stands out as the only one to have a formalised commitment, endorsed by senior management and with responsibilities and resources assigned to implement this commitment.

    Overall, the weakest areas in Community Wellbeing relate to the impacts of mining activities on vulnerable groups, including company efforts to assess the impacts of their activities on women, youth and children, and efforts to track how well they are managing their impacts on women. Even the three companies with the best results in Community Wellbeing, namely Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti and Newmont, show little or no evidence of action on these issues.

    Leading practices in Community Wellbeing include tracking and disclosing stakeholder satisfaction on community projects, and detailed disclosure of the functioning and uptake of a mine-site-level community grievance mechanism.