Ok Tedi Mining Limited Community Relations (CR) is at the forefront of interactions between OTML and its stakeholders; and is involved in the development and implementation of programmes and activities to advance both the interests of OTML and its stakeholders.
Here at Ok Tedi, we value highly the critical work of our OTML Community Relations Officers. They are the key interface with OTML’s stakeholders and play a leading role to maintain a harmonious relationship between the company and its stakeholders, which contributes to the company’s social license to operate (SLTO).
Our CR officers are required to engage regularly with our mine associated communities located in 158 villages from the Star Mountains in the North Fly District to the Fly River Delta in the South Fly District as well as other local communities. This is by far not an easy feat due to the high expectations of the communities on OTML to deliver on our obligations and the geographical and weather conditions that can affect accessibility throughout the year to most villages. Our officers work closely with the Provincial and National Governments, faith based organisations and development partners in the Western Province who are also our key stakeholders.
The CR role includes the planning, implementation and communication of OTML programmes including but not limited to environmental impact mitigation, compensation payments, local employment and benefit sharing opportunities, infrastructure development and services for the Western Province (WP).
Maintaining good community relations is not the sole responsibility of the CR team but an OTML-wide effort involving all employees and contractors regardless of department or job title. It is therefore a requirement of OTML departments, employees and contractors to be familiar with OTML’s stakeholder obligations when carrying out activities that may affect them.
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