Fortescue strives to create economic opportunities within the regions in which we operate by employing local people and purchasing local products and services. We recognise the need to create vibrant and flourishing communities that will attract and retain a mining workforce and their families.
We support a regional FIFO workforce from Port Hedland, Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Kununurra and Karratha, with 621 employees based in the Pilbara and 447 who receive housing support.
We seek regular feedback from our residential workforce and other stakeholders, including local governments to ensure our initiatives and programs support and address the challenges facing these communities.
Fortescue is committed to supporting local content as part of our procurement process.
Thriving small businesses are fundamental to the economic prosperity of communities and we continue to place a strong emphasis on engaging with small business suppliers to establish and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships.
Our approach to local employment and a residential workforce helps to maintain procurement levels within local communities.
Fortescue is also a member of and active contributor to the Pilbara based Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Port Hedland Industries Council.
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Voluntary social investment programs form a critical part of our commitment to build vibrant and thriving communities.
Our programs are guided by our Social Investment Framework which is based on the following principles:
Our biannual Community Grants Program has been operating for 12 years and continues to provide eligible organisations with up to A$5,000 in funding to support a variety of community initiatives that benefit the Pilbara.
Fortescue focuses on community projects that champion:
In FY21, we supported over 100 organisations via our social investment program.