The audit was carried out over a two-year period and focused, inter alia, on community relations and consultation, resettlement and social investment. We reviewed existing project documentation, including the draft ESIA, the resettlement action plan and related social investment documentation. We also carried out site visits to undertake interviews with project staff and contractors as well as with the affected communities.
The audit process covered key issues such as the adequacy of the project’s community relations, social performance and the project’s approach to resettlement and social investment as well as relations with artisanal mining activities in the vicinity of the project. The objective was to verify the compliance of the project with the requirements of the IFC Performance Standards and the Equator Principles, to identify any potential gaps and to make recommendations for improvements in performance.