Community & economic benefits
CPM considers it a privilege to be able to operate Sino Iron and as such understands that community involvement is critical to the project’s success. Building sustainable long-term working relationships and community partnerships enables the development of lasting social and economic benefits.
CPM always strives to:
- Anticipate and assess potential impacts our operations may have on the local community and work in partnership to reduce impacts.
- Work with local people including local government and indigenous groups in identifying community needs.
- Partner with local groups in priority projects and initiatives.
- Enrich the community beyond the life of mining operations.
CPM is a supporter of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a critical emergency service for the rural and mining areas of Australia.
The company has a specialist team of emergency services personnel, security and emergency response volunteers, who are often called on to provide support for off-site incidents in the surrounding region, such as motor vehicle accidents on the North West Coastal Highway.
In recent years, staff and the company have also come together to partner with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. We currently support more than a dozen grassroots, Pilbara-based groups and not-for-profit organisations.
Realizing the importance of mental health of its own employees and the wider community, CPM has partnered with leading community health group beyondblue, in running educational and fundraising activities to raise awareness.
CPM’s commitment in supporting the local community has led to close working relationship with the Clontarf Foundation in improving the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men in the region.
During the construction phase, Sino Iron has contributed billions of dollars to the Australian economy. At the height of construction activities, 4,000 people worked on the project. Today, we directly employ approximately 1,500 people and an additional 1,000 contractors. More than 90% of our direct workforce are Australian residents. Sino Iron will generate billions of dollars in export income and royalty to the local economy over the next 25+ years. The project’s significant investment in downstream processing and supporting infrastructure will ensure additional employment opportunities for decades to come.