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FQM Advocates for Transparency, Sustainability, and Economic Contributions in Mining Sector

First Quantum Minerals (FQM) has reaffirmed its dedication to transparency, sustainability, and economic contributions as essential components for advancing the mining industry. 

Speaking at the Zambia Institute of Public Relations (ZIPRC) 2024 Annual Conference, FQM Trident Senior Public Relations Specialist Miriam Harmon emphasized the company’s belief that effective communication is pivotal in fostering understanding, collaboration, and progress in both the mining sector and the nation as a whole.

Highlighting the significance of credible corporate communications reflecting tangible activities and progress on the ground, Harmon underscored the role of public relations as a conduit between the corporate world, government, citizens, and the international community. 

She emphasized that such dialogue, understanding, and collaboration are fundamental for sustainable national development.

The sentiments echoed by Harmon resonated with those expressed by the Minister of Information and Media and Chief Government Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, who stressed the indispensable nature of effective communication in fostering transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement within organizations and governmental contexts.

Harmon reiterated FQM’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and sustainability, asserting that these principles are deeply ingrained in the company’s operations and engagement with the communities in which it operates. 

She cited FQM’s substantial contributions to the Zambian government, including over K25 billion paid in taxes and royalties in 2022, supporting vital public services.

With operations encompassing the Kansanshi, Sentinel, and Enterprise mines, FQM Zambia employs over 19,000 individuals and generates significant economic activity in the Copperbelt and North-Western provinces. 

Harmon highlighted FQM’s ongoing expansion projects, including the US$1.25 billion project at Kansanshi and the US$250 million Enterprise Nickel Mine project, expected to further bolster Zambia’s economic growth and job creation.

Furthermore, Harmon emphasized FQM’s commitment to sustainability, citing robust environmental management practices and substantial investments in community development initiatives focusing on education, health, and overall community welfare. 

FQM Zambia’s Corporate Social Investment programs, surpassing US$100 million, align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, demonstrating the company’s dedication to addressing poverty, inequality, and climate change through initiatives like the Kansanshi and Trident Foundations.

In conclusion, First Quantum Minerals reiterated its steadfast commitment to responsible corporate citizenship, sustainability, and its ongoing contribution to Zambia’s growth and prosperity.

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