We recognize and value the importance of respecting the rights of local communities. We want to be a good neighbor and we strive to engage with local communities in a transparent and respectful way. We work hard to minimize potential negative impacts our operations may have on our neighbors. We also strive to ensure that the local communities benefit from our operations, both directly and indirectly. We believe a good relationship between Company and the local community supports the overall success for both entities.
We contribute to the local communities through directly hiring and encouraging our subcontractors to hire local suppliers wherever possible. We have connected with local Community Associations that are led by local leaders to maintain an open dialogue with the communities near our operations. Part of this dialogue led to our support towards local hiring in the region.
Local Community Associations have also approached Maha for support in local events. Partaking in these events, integrates Maha into the community. This helps create relationships between the Company and the community that ultimately fosters growth and development for both the local economy and Maha.
For the past three years at our Tie field, we have celebrated the Dia das crianças together with local communities. Dia das crianças, otherwise known as Children’s day, celebrates and honors the children around the world. In Brazil, the Children’s day is celebrated on the 12th of October and the local Community Associations organize an event with food, drinks, games, and music. We donate toys and take part in the event by sending employees to the event to help distribute the donated toys. Last year we distributed a variety of toys to 150 children who took part in the event.
Similarly, at our Tartaruga field, we listened to our neighbors when they asked for economic development support in their area. We not only hire and contract local talents from the community, but have also set up a program that will help train the community in economic development. The community wanted to focus on sustainable tourism as part of their economic portfolio. We partnered with SENAI, a local technical school, and planned a few workshops that helped train community members in sustainable tourism. The first workshop held was a Local Culinary Training event. The Local Culinary course aimed at teaching local community members the skills to cook local cuisine. These skills can be used to support the regions culinary tourism and support the sustainable tourism sector as well.
The Maha HSE team, together with our environmental consultant, the local community leader, and twenty students from the SENAI school supported this event. More events like this are planned to be held in the future to continue to encourage local economic development.
We also undertook a transportation infrastructure project that was requested by the local communities near our Tie field. Approximately 2 kilometers of road is to be paved between the Tie Station and the national highway, to aid in local traffic to access to the Tie Field and local communities, as well as to preserve the integrity of the road. We are committed to provide financial, engineering, and construction support for this project. Our HSE team have also set out guidelines to ensure local hiring will be done for this project. Construction for the road will begin in mid-October 2020 and will take a few months to complete.
Supporting Tomorrow’s Generation
In Wyoming, Maha supports one local High School student a year with a monetary scholarship to their University of choice. Senior High School students are encouraged to submit a short essay about their goals and ambitions at University. We select one candidate a year and provide a check directly to the University of the candidate’s choice. We have sponsored two students with scholarship support; both students went to the University of Wyoming, one student went to pursue a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and the other went to pursue a Bachelors in Biology.
In Maha's home country of Sweden, Maha is an avid supporter and sponsors a local Division II hockey team.