Creating both respectful and trust based relationships with all our stakeholders is how we aim to do business at Northern Star.
We believe that our organisation must be guided by a purpose beyond profit. We believe that that the support of, and trust in our activities by, the communities in which we operate is fundamental to our long-term success and the continuation of our social license to operate.
Stakeholder trust and respect is only gained through our acknowledgement of our organisation’s impacts on the environmental, economic and social landscapes: both positive and negative. We aim to remove or reduce the negative impacts and maximize the positives. See our Stakeholder Policy
The business of mining mobilises vast amounts of technical capacity and physical resources into often remote regions. This presents us with the opportunity to deliver “shared-value” to our stakeholders socially, economically and environmentally. Shared-value is realised by identifying and providing a Northern Star capacity or resource that has a measurable, positive impact on a stakeholder social, economic or environmental need, as well as delivering a benefit to the Company.
By targeting stakeholder shared-value, we aim to create more resilient regional communities as we conduct our core business activity of mining gold.
In 2005 the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and the Commonwealth Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding to target the improvement of employment and enterprise opportunities for Aboriginal peoples in remote mining regions. This gave life to a number of national Regional Partnership Agreements (RPA).
Northern Star funds and is an active member of the Wiluna RPA. The initiative employs a coordinator to work on the ground and drive Aboriginal employment and enterprise development programs. A steering committee of local stakeholders, external subject matter experts and representatives of the three tiers of government meet bi-monthly to guide and resource a strategic plan.
In 2014, the Wiluna RPA was recognised for its role in creating and supporting the Wiluna-based Aboriginal reference group – the Muntjiltjarra Wurrgumu Group (MWG). The MWG was awarded highly commended and runners-up in the Reconciliation Australia – National Indigenous Governance Awards. The MWG was received these awards for conducting a landmark community perception survey in Wiluna on the barriers to Aboriginal employment. The survey reports are currently being used to reform how mining companies approach the subject of Aboriginal employment
It is hoped the MWG will become resilient enough to function without the ongoing support of the RPA, and position itself as an invaluable community resource for navigating the complex subject of Aboriginal employment and enterprise development.