SOCIAL

Stakeholder Engagement

Ambatovy operates in a multi-stakeholder environment that involves all the individuals, groups or organizations that have a direct or indirect stake in its activities. With transparency as an increasingly important dimension in all industries, Ambatovy values maintaining strong relations with its stakeholders, consulting them on decisions and opportunities, listening to their perspectives, and openly explaining the company’s position, practices, and results.

Ambatovy has undertaken a series of steps to engage stakeholders more effectively and to support an environment of open communication and trust.

Ongoing communication

Clear and regular communication with all parties is fundamental to Ambatovy’s long-term success. Through emphasis on public consultation across all levels, Ambatovy aims to achieve and maintain a greater level of transparency, efficiency, sustainability, and public involvement in all areas where it is active.

A few examples…

Ambatovy regularly meets with a wide spectrum of stakeholders including:

  • People living along the Pipeline and in the Resettlement Villages;

  • Multiple levels of government, such as the Ministry of Mines, regional authorities, and local chiefs;

  • Civil society and non-government organizations;

  • The business community;

  • International organizations, such as UNICEF and the Red Cross;

  • Ambatovy’s shareholder companies and lending institutions.

Some engagement activities…

  • Participation in consultative committees comprising elected officials and civil society in the two urban centers near the Mine and Plant Site;

  • Continuous communication via a network of social agents within the 22 communes that are affected by Ambatovy;

  • Participation in the Local Coordination Committee and Regional Coordination Committee (CLC and CRC) meetings. These quarterly district meetings with Mayors, district level authorities and local chiefs provide an opportunity for face-to-face meetings with local communities to discuss activities, resolve problems, and gain insights into specific issues;

  • Continuous consultations with technical government authorities working in education, health, youth and agriculture;

  • The Infovan that travels the length of the Pipeline represents Ambatovy at community fairs and events to inform and update our local communities about Ambatovy’s activities, key issues, and matters of interest to them;

  • Timely public responses to rumors and misinformation;

  • Regular formal and informal face-to-face meetings with local communities to discuss activities, resolve problems, and gain insights into specific issues;

  • Two information centers, one in Toamasina and one in Moramanga, that serve as places where visitors can learn more about Ambatovy, interact with our staff, and have their questions answered;

  • Distribution to national and international media and key stakeholders of press releases, fact sheets, and updates about newsworthy matters;

  • The Grievance Mechanism System , which allows us to promptly address affected communities’ concerns and complaints;

  • The continuous updating of Ambatovy publications and website.