At Kinross, we believe that supporting local businesses is one of the most powerful positive impacts our operations can have on community development. Across our operations and projects, we purchase a wide variety of goods and services by working directly with local suppliers, developing their capacity to effectively compete while adhering to our Company-wide standards of conduct.
As part of this strategy, the Community Relations Department at Chirano in collaboration with the Continuous Improvement and Supply Chain Departments held development and capacity building workshops for the local businesses in the twenty catchment communities on the standards suppliers must meet to be considered as a viable supplier by the company.
Over the course of two days, 185 community members attended the workshops where they received information on Kinross’ Supply Chain on-boarding process, business registration, and business entity concepts among others.
At the end of the session, the Continuous Improvement and Supply Chain team expressed Kinross’ commitment to working with local businesses.
“We hope this workshop has been beneficial to the attendees and that it will lead to an increase in the number of local businesses who we work with as suppliers,” said Kwame Kyeremateng, Continuous Improvement, Supply Chain Manager, Chirano. “Kinross places a strong emphasis on supporting local businesses to advance the socio-economic well-being of the community and to give back to our host countries.”
In an effort to improve efficiency and accessibility, the Company is in the process of creating an online platform to advertise ongoing supply chain opportunities on the mine and provide a simplified way to bid on supplier contracts.