Gran Tierra's approach to corporate social responsibility has been developed and modified to reflect the CSR pillars set out in the Canadian Government's publication: "Doing Business the Canadian Way: A Strategy to Advance Corporate Social Responsibility in Canada’s Extractive Sector Abroad".
Gran Tierra's approach to CSR is reflected by the company's commitment to:
- Respect for Human Rights including compliance with the Voluntary Principles on Human Rights and Security
- Transparency and honesty in our business, including compliance with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
- Open and Frequent Communication and Consultation with Local Communities including a Community Grievance Program that reflects the criteria set out in IFC Social Performance Standards.
- Ensure all employment and procurement procedures are designed to maximize the opportunities for local and regional communities to capture the economic benefits associated with our activities.
- Respect the special rights and needs of indigenous peoples and communities potentially affected by Gran Tierra Operations
Gran Tierra supports social projects in dozens of communities in the vicinity of its projects; a few examples of these are as follows:
Support for Cattle Ranchers and Cacao Producers
In partnership with the Government of Canada and SOCODEVI, Gran Tierra is supporting the competitiveness of the Cattle Ranchers association of Villagarzon, Putumayo and the Caocao growers of the Piedemonte Amazonico (Amazon foothills) benefitting 422 producers and their families in the region. The project provides support all throughout the value chain, from strengthening the capacity of the associations, to technical support for improved production, to market access.
Access to Superior Education and Skills Training
Gran Tierra helps young men and women with leadership potential and good academic standing access superior education, and technology and skills training through scholarships that currently benefit 124 students from local communities.
Ancestral Centers for Indigenous Communities
Gran Tierra has built four ancestral cultural centers to promote community meetings and cultural activities in order to strengthen the traditions of the indigenous and afro communities of Orconepul, Alto Orito, Afro Council of Puerto Limon, and Martin Luther King.