Corporate Social Responsibility
Community Development Programme
The GEAR Group has made substantial efforts to integrate with the local population in the vicinity where its mines are located, as it believes that these efforts are integral to the stability and development of its business.
As part of its community development programme initiative, the GEAR Group engages in activities aimed at fostering community relationship and empowering such communities, such as implementing various programmes to provide economic, technical, social, infrastructure, educational and healthcare assistance to the local communities.
The GEAR Group has provided the local communities with new employment opportunities by recruiting/employing and training local residents to work in fields that demand high skills, such as heavy equipment operators and drivers.
The GEAR Group also provides capital, technical, training and marketing support to assist local residents to set up small businesses, such as livestock farms, or seek employment in local industries.
Reclaimed land is also transferred back to the local communities for community development purposes.
The GEAR Group has also contributed to the social and cultural welfare of the local communities by establishing Islamic study groups in mosques and contributing the necessary facilities and materials, and collecting donations to organise religious celebrations and benefit orphans.
The GEAR Group performs public works development and maintenance, such as developing and constructing new wells, improving school facilities and infrastructure and providing school buses and repairing roads, bridges and public facilities (some of which were major roads and bridges connecting villages or functioning as the main route of activity).
To promote cultural values, the GEAR Group sponsors and participates in traditional events and social functions, such as Indonesia’s Independence Day celebrations.
The GEAR Group recognises the importance of education, and in 2011, it provided scholarships to 230 students from schools located in the province of South Kalimantan. In addition, the GEAR Group also distributed spectacles to students and teachers.
The GEAR Group had also arranged for free mass cleft lip surgery for children and adults from Jakarta and West Java in cooperation with Obor Berkat Indonesia, as well as providing various medicines for the West Sumatra Police.
The GEAR Group is committed to continuing to develop community relations by expanding its diverse CSR initiatives.
Environmental Conservation Programme
The GEAR Group is mindful that certain aspects of its mining operations may have an environmental impact on the surroundings. Therefore, with the view to conserve and preserve the surrounding development, the GEAR Group has made sustainable
development an integral part of its CSR programme and has strived to implement environmental protection policies.
The GEAR Group’s ECP initiatives include :
- Designating an environment superintendent and other special officers to conduct daily monitoring of the environment, mine reclamation and rehabilitation and vegetation;
- Reclaiming used land and thereafter developing cash crops, fish farms or recreational facilities;
- Building a settling pond at the mining areas;
- Treating water run-off from mining areas in settlement ponds;
- Maintaining the pH stability of the water in the settling pond (pH of water in the settling pond ranges between 6 to 9);
- Closely monitoring the water released from the settling ponds;
- Providing workshops containing drainage systems for holding waste oils before disposal;
- Cooperating with the sub-contractors to perform the management and storage for hazardous and toxic materials and waste;
- Conducting daily and weekly inspections and monthly evaluations to minimise the production of mine waste and the size of disturbed areas;
- Closely monitoring the water quality at rivers, ponds, wells and mine waste in the mining areas daily with monthly evaluations undertaken by the laboratory;
- Performing air/emission and ambient and noise tests by the laboratory per semester;
- Monitoring noise and dust levels and air quality at the mining areas and at intervals along haul roads;
- Controlling coal dust by placing fixed water sprays at intervals around the coal stockpiles;
- Monitoring the level of erosions at slopes and embankments in particular; and
- Monitoring the acidity of overburden.