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Good Neighbour and Trustworthy Investor

The mining operations conducted by KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. involve transformation of the natural environment which has both positive and negative impact on the quality of the local population.


The Company’s ambition documented in the long-term plans is to identify the needs of the members and leaders of local communities in the Copper Basin to which it could effectively respond. Therefore, in 2012 KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. conducted a series of interviews in six selected municipalities during which the Company’s representatives met with 46 opinion leaders (heads of county and village authorities, social activists, priests etc.). The other part of the study was a survey in which 618 inhabitants of the municipalities took part. The purpose of the survey was to:

  • Assess the advantages and disadvantages of living in the municipality;
  • Identify the most important current deficits and development needs for the future;
  • Evaluate the social perception and image of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. and its positive and negative impact on the life of the people and quality of the natural environment;
  • Identify expectations towards the Company.


Figure 7. Key needs and expectations according to the inhabitants of the Legnica-Głogów Copper District






The results of the study will be used by both KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. and the local authorities to develop action plans and improve the relationships based on a dialogue. The level of satisfaction of the local population related to living in the surveyed municipalities was assessed and the most important needs and expected investments have been identified. Additionally, the image of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. among the local community members was evaluated.


The highest satisfaction level is observed in Grębocice, followed by Jerzmanowa. Less satisfied, but still quite content, are the inhabitants of Gaworzyce and Radwanice. The research shows clearly that the most urgent needs are associated with the general infrastructure. 100% of the inhabitants of Gaworzyce mentioned poor infrastructure as the key disadvantage of their municipality (over 90% in Głogów and 75% in Żukowice). Therefore, the respondents indicated improvement of roads and pavements and development of gas, water and wastewater networks as the most pressing investment needs.


On the whole, the inhabitants have a positive perception of the quality of life in their municipalities and consider KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. as a good neighbour. A positive opinion was expressed by 85% of the residents of Gaworzyce and in all other municipalities with the exception of Jerzmanowa the rate was above 70%. The less favourable perception of the inhabitants of Jerzmanowa is attributed to the problems with exhausts from the mine ventilation shafts (for more information see the chapter on the environmental impact).


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The biggest disadvantage spontaneously mentioned by the inhabitants of the majority of municipalities is the poor quality of infrastructure – mainly roads and pavements



Modernisation of roads, construction of pavements and availability of scholarships for children and young people are the most pressing needs in the majority of the surveyed municipalities (except for Grębocice)





Contact with nature, friendliness of people and personal safety are the three highest rated qualities of the municipalities surveyed which the respondents have chosen from a list of proposed characteristics






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