Angkor Gold as the gold standard for social responsibility
“Angkor Gold is put on a bit of a pedestal and looked at by the Prime Minister’s office (Cambodia) and all the way down, as the gold standard…” states Stephen Burega, VP of Corporate Development at Ankgor Gold Corp. (TSXV: ANK) in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Peter Clausi.
Peter Clausi: How do you de-risk a project by engaging the community?
Stephen Burega: It is not only engaging the community, it is engaging all levels of government, all the way up from the Prime Minister’s office down to the local community. From the outset we realized that our relationships with community leadership all the way down through youth groups, etc. was going to be vital to the success of any project moving forward. Mike Weeks and Delayne Weeks were the founders of the company, put a lot of effort into establishing those relationships. We focus on corporate social responsibility programs at all levels. Specific? Do you want some specific ideas?
Peter Clausi: Yes…
Stephen Burega: Some of the work we do with the local communities include education programs, healthcare programs, water sanitation issues, latrines. Some of the basic things that we would take for granted are simply not available to the average community. We work closely with them, but it is not simply a handout. The idea has always been that it is a cofounding model. We will provide all of the materials, for example, to build a latrine, but each individual household who is receiving one they have to put the labor and the time and the effort so that they own it… to access the complete interview, click here
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