CMB’s mining permit covers an area of 66km2. The affected land (mines and infrastructure) does not exceed 1.05km2 representing only 1.6% of the total concession.
The very nature of our nickel deposits allows for minimal environmental footprint. The average open pit depth does not exceed 30 meters while our mining process is fully mechanical, free of the use of explosives, chemicals or other hazardous materials.
We value the social license granted by our stakeholders and local communities and we are committed to supporting the 12 villages with approx. 13,000 people, impacted by our operations. Our CSR activities focus on four main pillars:
CMB has constituted a fund for the financing of the local Community Development Plan which is financed annually. As part of the development and implementation of the Community Development Plan, local communities, territorial and local administrative authorities are represented in a committee – Comité de Développement Local Minier (CDLM) which was formed under the aegis of the Mines Administration (Direction Générale des Mines et de la Géologie).
In addition, CMB contributes to the financing of a fund dedicated to the training of engineers, geologists and other specialists necessary for the growth of the mining sector in Ivory Coast – the Mining Training Fund.
Apart from funding the CDLM and Mining Training Fund, CMB’s social responsibility goes over and above its legal obligations to support local communities by undertaking further actions such as: