Gold Fields Ghana Limited, operator of the Tarkwa Mine, has again been recognised as the Best Company in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The CSR award, instituted by the Apinto Divisional Council, seeks to honour companies that promote sustainable community development in Tarkwa and its surrounding communities in the Western Region.
The Apinto Divisional Council presented the award to the Tarkwa Mine at a grand durbar of chiefs and the people of Apinto during this year’s Amankuma Festival, which was first celebrated in 2016 after a 30-year break.
The recognition adds to a long list of awards picked up by the Tarkwa Mine this year for the company’s contributions to social development and economic empowerment of host communities’ members.
The Gyaasehene of the Apinto Divisional Council, Nana Adarkwa Bediako lll, noted that the Tarkwa Mine through the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation spearheads the development of host communities by building schools, clinics and other critical infrastructure, as well as improving the local economy and livelihood of residents.
“Your contributions to the development of our communities through diverse investments in community development initiatives and programmes, and your fiscal contribution to the national economy, are highly commended,” Nana Adarkwa Bediako lll said.
He also commended Gold Fields for rehabilitating the 33-km Tarkwa-Damang road, which is expected to ease transportation of good and services and also enhance economic activities in the area.
The Gyasehene added that a key link-road named after the head of the Apinto Divisional Council – Nana Angu ll – as well as other internal roads in the Awudua community which were constructed by Gold Fields, have eased traffic in the Tarkwa township.
The Executive Vice-President and Head of Gold Fields in West Africa, Alfred Baku, also thanked the traditional leaders and people of Apinto for the cordial and fruitful relationship that has existed between the mine and host communities for the past 25 years.
“The warm hospitality of the people of Apinto is well documented, and Gold Fields has experienced this first-hand. It is a relationship we do not take for granted,” Mr. Baku said.
He assured the people of Apinto of the mine’s continued support, adding that Gold Fields is inspired by the award and encouraged to do more.
“We intend to leave positive footprints of progress, enhanced standards of living, and economic empowerment for our communities.”
Gold Fields’ efforts at contributing to communities and the country have been recognised through a number of awards recently. The Tarkwa Mine emerged CSR Company of the Year; Second-Largest Company in Ghana, and was also ranked third among the 100 Best Companies in Ghana at the Ghana Club 100 awards in November. The mine has also been acknowledged and awarded this year for its local content promotion, safety leadership, and environmental management performance.