Contributing to local communities

Fortescue is guided by the philosophy of being welcomed by the communities that host our business activities. We work towards this goal through effective engagement with stakeholders, respect for cultural heritage and diversity, creating economic opportunities, investment in community projects and programs and fostering a strong residential workforce.


Building sustainable communities

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.

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Local Procurement

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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Communities - Photo (Local Procurement)

Providing opportunities for local small and medium sized businesses through our strong focus on local content

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Social Investment Framework

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:

  • Purposeful – Clear objectives, evaluated programs and effective outcomes for the community
  • Accountable – Monitor progress and effectiveness of programs, and communicate outcomes
  • Respectful - Developed and guided by communities, supporting local customs, views and priorities
  • Ethical – Sound legal and moral investment in accordance with relevant laws and standards

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:

  • Education and training
  • Aboriginal engagement
  • Health and wellness
  • Community safety and involvement
  • Economic development
  • Arts and culture
  • Environmental responsibility

In FY21, we supported over 100 organisations via our social investment program.

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Community Partnerships

Ronald McDonald House
Royal Flying Doctor Service
Lifeline WA
The Salvation Army