Up your CSR, mining firms told

North-Western Development Council of Elders has observed that mining houses in the province are not doing enough for the local communities in terms of corporate social responsibility.

Organization chairperson Lucas Chikoti has said mining houses were not considering the local communities in uplifting their standards of living.

He said although the investment was appreciated, there was need for mining houses to work together with the local people as they were key stakeholders in development of communities.

Mr. Chikoti told the Daily Nation in an interview that much as the mines talked about corporate social responsibility, they could not be equated to the profits they made.

“We have realized that mining houses are not doing enough for the local communities. A few projects the mines have undertaken cannot be compared to the profits they (mines) are making,” Mr Chikoti said.

He said local contractors were equally being side-lined in preference for contractors from the Copperbelt and beyond.

“Our people are not accessing the contracts in the mines, we have witnessed this before. Our people have capacity to execute whatever works they are offered,” he said.