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Good Neighbour and Trustworthy Investor

A very important instrument for working out a joint regional development strategy in partnership with the local authorities is the Copper Basin Forum, a meeting held annually in Brunowo. In 2012, the second meeting took place. The originator of the Forum is the Lower Silesia Regional Development Foundation which set itself an objective of forming a Coalition for the Development of the Copper Basin bringing together all key stakeholders in the region. The initiative is based on the idea of making use of the synergies between the local communities and KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. to realise the vision of a dynamically growing industrial district which, thanks to its resources of copper and other critical minerals, as well as the knowledge and technological know-how, makes valuable contribution to the economic development of Lower Silesia, Poland and even Europe. One of the Forum’s objectives is to proceed with the discussion of the identified areas for collaboration between KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. and the local authorities, including construction of the investment zone and a cluster of copper-related businesses, establishment of the International Science and Technology Park, a joint waste management system, joint energy projects, reorganisation of the system of specialist hospital care, development of the vocational education system aligned with the market needs, restoration of the Głogów–Polkowice–Lubin–Legnica railway line, implementation of the recreational venture project called ”Obora” (more information about the project in the Good Practice section of this chapter) and development of a sectoral sports and recreation strategy for the Copper Basin. KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., acting in partnership with the local authorities, has been deeply engaged in the implementation of the concept of the European Copper Region which would combine all capabilities related to extraction and processing of copper and associated minerals.

 

 

In 2012, KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. also entered into an Agreement on the Sustainable Development of the Głogów County aimed at ensuring a stable, harmonious growth of the region to improve the quality of life of the current population and future generations. Under the agreement, the Company has committed itself to:

  • Finance medical examinations of children and preventive and educational measures related to lead content in the blood;
  • Offer free of charge medical consultations in the Health Promotion Clinic in Głogów;
  • Support the development of the hospital in Głogów;
  • Promote environment-friendly projects, including the launch of a long-term programme of soil liming in areas used for agricultural purposes;
  • Provide financial assistance to projects involving protection of the cultural heritage and local traditions;
  • Engage in educational projects promoting vocational education and personal development, by creating opportunities for adapting the occupational skills and qualifications of the students during internships and training programmes offered;
  • Facilitate the economic and social development of the region by promoting Głogów county as an investor- friendly area; and
  • Install new seismic activity sensors triggered by the mining operations.

 

The Company is an active participant in the Regional Social Dialogue Committee. Since March 2013, the Head of the Copper Basin Team formed as part of the Regional Social Dialogue Committee has been Dorota Włoch, Vice-President of the Management Board of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. The team will focus on sustainable development of the region. The subjects discussed at the first meeting of the team included the tax on the extraction of certain minerals and the rules of design and construction of buildings in the areas threatened by rock bursts (more information on the subject in the following sections below). The themes planned to be discussed at the following meetings include exploration of brown coal deposits in the vicinity of Legnica, establishment of the Copper Agglomeration in order to qualify for more EU funding for the Copper Basin and development of a long-term strategy of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. addressing the issue of the anticipated exhaustion of copper ore resources. The other Team members include the representatives of the regional authorities and of the Association of Lower Silesian Employers.

 

Furthermore, in 2012 the Company initiated a dialogue with the local authorities on the expansion of the tailings treatment facility (“Iron Bridge”) planned in the near future. Opening a new, southern cell of the reservoir is necessary for the continued operations of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. (For more information see Chapter VI on the environmental impact).

 

Feeling responsible for the development of the region, KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. participates in local and regional initiatives aimed at stimulating the economic activity of the population. To this end, the Company has launched the KGHM Letia S.A. Legnica Technology Park intended to promote the growth of entrepreneurship and creation of new jobs. The Park offers companies land under construction with all utility hook-ups, office space for rent, as well as, the services of the Technology Transfer Centre set up in 2009. In 2012, KGHM Letia S.A. opened the Letia Business Centre in Legnica, intended as a seat for innovative businesses. The building encompasses an exhibition area in the lobby, a computer room and a hotel with a restaurant.

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