Resettlement is a process through which people affected by mining projects are compensated and supported to improve, or at least restore, their living conditions. Given the nature and scope of CBG's operations, and in line with the company's vision, we have adopted resettlement policies that are aligned with International Finance Corporation (IFC) standards.
In this context, the CBG has set itself the following objectives:
We consider resettlement and compensation issues with high regard. Our approach is threefold: consultation, direct compensation and the implementation of livelihood restoration programmes run by local partners.
The resettlement process is not just about financial compensation. It is an integral part of our approach to supporting local communities, which is a fundamental part of our corporate priorities.
We successfully completed the relocation of the inhabitants of Hamdallaye village. The relocation involved 91 families, or more than 600 people living in the former village. The relocation is one of the important steps in the Action, Resettlement and Compensation Plan (PARC) designed by CBG in consultation with the village residents to ensure a successful relocation.
As part of the PARC, CBG has built 173 houses, a health clinic, a school, a mosque (equipped with solar panels), a market and a multi-purpose community centre. Six boreholes for drinking water were also built, with a ratio of less than 100 people per borehole, well above the average for sub-Saharan Africa, according to World Health Organisation standards. The relocation was carried out safely and in accordance with health measures to prevent COVID-19.