Structures for dialogue
Recognizing its corporate responsibility, AREVA has undertaken a number of initiatives in Niger to become better acquainted with its stakeholders, to inform them, and to understand their expectations. Its discussions with them broaden the group’s thinking and lead to more fruitful actions and development strategies with respect to the concerns and expectations expressed by stakeholders.
Sharing information with local authorities
Several structures have been created to ensure constant consultation between AREVA and Nigerien authorities.
- Bilateral Orientation Councils: created by the group in May 2006, these committees are presided over by the Prefect of Arlit. Local elected representatives, administrative agencies and other stakeholders work side by side with AREVA to define local development policies. The councils issue recommendations on projects to build public amenities financed by AREVA in the five localities concerned and in the region.
- Local Information Commission: created in 2005, the commission includes AREVA representatives, local authorities and other stakeholders. It holds debates on all issues linked to mining operations and the area’s economic development.
Informing local populations
AREVA attaches a great deal of importance to communicating and sharing information regularly with local communities. There are several forums for dialogue in Niger.
- Public Information Office (BIP): opened in Niamey in 2008, this office provides the public with information on group activities and career opportunities. Two new offices are due to open in Arlit and Imouraren.
- Public hearings to present the group's new mining projects to local populations. A “validation workshop” brings together AREVA and Nigerien experts, local administrators and other stakeholders to approve social and environmental impact studies carried out for each new project.
- Environmental reports by mining companies, which present all environmental results and complete information on the impacts of mining activities. Published every year, these reports are available from mining companies.