As a Phoenix Africa company, Lion Mountains has an explicit social impact remit: our goal is to turn development into a profitable business. We have therefore agreed a significant programme of social impact commitments with our partner chiefdoms, which are also deeply pragmatic in ensuring that we will have a successful, sustainable business. The interests of the company and the local communities are aligned, guaranteeing the continuing support of the local people for our operations, and the security of our land tenure for the future.
Our social impact commitments are set out clearly in our agreements with our three partner chiefdoms and are published widely. The key points are:
- Partner chiefdoms will receive a 20% profit share
- We will employ and train local people
- Our Outgrower Programme will train local smallholders and provide market linkage
- We will build roads and bridges in partner chiefdoms
With these social impact commitments, and the responsible way in which our land has been sourced, we are pleased to enjoy excellent relations with our partner communities. Lion Mountains places a very high value on good relations with our partner chiefdoms, and is highly confident that success in this area will help ensure a long-lasting and profitable business for many years to come.