We are writing to share the results of a recent perception study, and to express our sincere thanks for your open and honest participation.
As you know, we commissioned the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) and CCPM Grupo Consultor to conduct a series of interviews with stakeholders to better understand your perspectives and needs. We have conducted similar studies in the past, but our success in applying what we learned has been limited.
As Newmont’s new leadership team in Peru, we are committed to taking a fresh approach to listening to our stakeholders and rebuilding our relationships in the region as a top priority. We wanted to underscore this commitment by sharing the results of this listening study as one of our first actions.
We are not proud of the current state of our relationship with the people of Cajamarca. We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the mistakes we have made in how we have conducted ourselves and conducted business. Most importantly, we apologize for the distress we have caused and for failing to earn your trust.
We cannot forget or ignore what has happened in the past, but we want to remember for a purpose: that purpose is to do a better job of listening to and addressing your concerns, and to engaging you in how we operate our mines, protect the environment and create shared value for the people of Cajamarca.