♦ Community Engagement
As an international industrial chemicals company with operations in many countries, we take a grass-roots approach to community engagement.
Many of our operational sites have community engagement programs in place to facilitate two-way communication between the site and the local community. Outcomes associated with these local site community engagement programs during 2015 include:
• Our manufacturing site in Geelong, Australia conducts community meetings twice a year. Advertised through the local media, Geelong residents, local journalists and council representatives attend. During the meetings site representatives present data about the site, such as safety information and results of ongoing environmental monitoring. Community leaders are provided with the telephone numbers of key site employees and are able to notify them of issues if they arise. The site also sponsors a local swim held by the North Shore Residents Group, provides an award for the top engineering graduate from Deakin University, and is actively involved in the Northern Futures Program which provides disadvantaged persons with employment experience.
• Employees at Geelong volunteered their time to the 2&5 Market Garden, a social enterprise set up to address food insecurity in the Northern Suburbs of Geelong by improving access to affordable, sustainable, fresh and healthy food. This project aligns with the IPL priority area of Education within its Sustainable Communities Policy and is facilitated by Karingal Inc. through its initiative BacLinks, a service that brokers relationships between businesses and community groups. The volunteers enjoyed a day of team-building, as well as making a difference at the garden while becoming more aware of some of the challenges that face our local communities.
• At our Portland SSP fertiliser manufacturing site in Victoria, Australia, employees voted to forgo their monthly safety award to donate the monies to the establishment of a helipad within the grounds of the local hospital. The helipad will enable seriously ill patients from the local community to be flown out for more serious treatment more quickly. IPL matched the donated funds, allowing the heliport to be completed with our logo proudly displayed.
• Our explosives manufacturing site located in Cheyenne Wyoming, USA, has a long history of supporting the local community. This year
employees continued to focus on helping the underprivileged, running community safety events and responding to local emergencies. Donations were made to local sports teams, and support and sponsorships were made to the Boys and Girls Club, East High School, and Cheyenne Superday and Frontier Days. Thanksgiving dinner baskets were delivered to those in need in the local community and on-site blood drives are held twice a year. Our Cheyenne Family Safety Day is run on site each year with the goal of educating local children and families about safety on a range of issues.
• Our Moranbah explosives manufacturing site in remote central Queensland sponsored Australian Olympic swimmer Mitch Larkin to visit Moranbah and impart his expertise to children at the Highlanders Swimming Club’s annual Super Swim Camp. Moranbah is the only regional community that hosts a camp of this calibre outside of south-east Queensland, allowing kids from remote areas such as Moranbah, Clermont, Tieri, Dysart and Springsure to access one-on-one coaching and personal analysis of their swim stroke.
• The Moranbah site also sponsored the Blackall’s Drought Relief Rugby League match fundraiser event between the Blackall Magpies and the Moranbah Miners. Over $6,000 was raised for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners who organised a convoy of 125 trucks to deliver 5,000 bales of hay to struggling communities throughout western Queensland. As part of the event, National Rugby League player Jaiman Lowe ran a coaching session for young local league enthusiasts.
• Sites regularly participate in community forums, working with local representatives to ensure appropriate plans are in place to mitigate the impact of a crisis situation. One example of this is our Big N Fertiliser Depot in Moree, NSW, Australia, which participates in the annual incident planning day with the Moree Shire Plains Council. Emergency action plans are established for the Moree community and surrounding area together with the local Fire Brigade. On completion, our site holds a BBQ and conducts a debrief meeting, with Moree Police and Ambulance services also attending when possible. For more details, see Community Safety.
At IPL, we are committed to engaging and partnering with our Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
The National NAIDOC Theme for 2016 was Songlines: The living narrative of our nation and the celebrations were held from July 3–10. NAIDOC week was promoted to our employees as a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities, and to support and connect with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This year we held a competition for NAIDOC week in the form of an online quiz. The quiz was designed to test our people’s knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture as well as to increase cultural awareness. Topics covered in the quiz included:
• Information about famous Indigenous Australians;
• Significant dates and history regarding Indigenous Australia; and
• The ways in which IPL currently supports Indigenous participation in our organisation and in the community.
The competition was open to everyone and quiz winners were awarded some fantastic artwork by contemporary and traditional Aboriginal artist Barry “Rainman” Boland, as well as prints and hand painted didgeridoos and boomerangs.