Social Impact Assessment – Banfora Gold Project

Gryphon Minerals, the then proponent*, contracted Plexus to manage the SIA for a greenfield gold mining project in Burkina Faso and to assist the project in meeting lender requirements and obtaining the licence to develop the project by the Burkinabe government.

Deliverables

Plexus carried out a social risk review and provided ongoing support during the transition from exploration to development. Plexus also managed the preparation of an IFC-compliant SIA required to secure the development licence. This entailed a review of the client’s stakeholder engagement approach and the conduct of a gap analysis against the IFC Performance Standards.

Plexus collaborated closely with the national ESIA contractor and mobilised a bespoke team of international experts to support social baseline data collection, stakeholder engagement, social investment, influx management, resettlement, and relations with artisanal miners. As part of this process, Plexus prepared a lender compliant Stakeholder Engagement Plan and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy, alongside the SIA and Health Impact Assessment. Throughout this process, Plexus worked closely with the IFC, who was an equity investor, and the national ESIA contractor.

Outcomes

Plexus designed and managed the project’s consultation strategy and provided strategic support on social performance planning and social risk management. This resulted in the preparation of a lender-compliant SIA/HIA and was instrumental in ensuring the project’s licence to operate and access to project finance.

Client

Gryphon Minerals

Location

Burkina Faso

Social Impact Assessment – Banfora Gold Project

Client

Gryphon Minerals

Location

Burkina Faso

Gryphon Minerals, the then proponent*, contracted Plexus to manage the SIA for a greenfield gold mining project in Burkina Faso and to assist the project in meeting lender requirements and obtaining the licence to develop the project by the Burkinabe government.

Deliverables

Plexus carried out a social risk review and provided ongoing support during the transition from exploration to development. Plexus also managed the preparation of an IFC-compliant SIA required to secure the development licence. This entailed a review of the client’s stakeholder engagement approach and the conduct of a gap analysis against the IFC Performance Standards.

Plexus collaborated closely with the national ESIA contractor and mobilised a bespoke team of international experts to support social baseline data collection, stakeholder engagement, social investment, influx management, resettlement, and relations with artisanal miners. As part of this process, Plexus prepared a lender compliant Stakeholder Engagement Plan and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy, alongside the SIA and Health Impact Assessment. Throughout this process, Plexus worked closely with the IFC, who was an equity investor, and the national ESIA contractor.

Outcomes

Plexus designed and managed the project’s consultation strategy and provided strategic support on social performance planning and social risk management. This resulted in the preparation of a lender-compliant SIA/HIA and was instrumental in ensuring the project’s licence to operate and access to project finance.