• Making Great Strides

  • 19 June 2017

  • From building skills to supporting social renewal, we’re playing an active role in the Jamaican mining community.

    As a major shareholder in Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refinery, Noble continues to develop its social responsibility objectives and build lasting partnerships within the community. Over the years, we have conducted site visits and met with local officials to evaluate education, health and community needs in the area.

    For its third year, Noble Foundation is continuing to fund a range of community development and empowerment programmes at Jamalco in Jamaica. Each initiative has been shown to enrich and improve the lives of the communities within the refineries’ operating areas.

    Here are some highlights of 2016’s activities.

    Facilities upgrade and social renewal

    A six-lane 400m running track at Calbar High School was opened on 22 January, 2016. The event was attended by a number of local officials, including Jamaica’s Prime Minister, the Honourable Portia Simpson Miller. The track, which was funded by Noble’s Metal division, is the first synthetic running track at a high school in Jamaica. The school principal noted that the facility has the potential to contribute to the development of track and field across the country.

    In 2016, we funded a number of renovations and equipment upgrades in various community facilities, such as a youth activities centre, health clinics, hospitals and a homeless shelter. 

    Christophe Urtel, head of corporate strategy and Capital EMEA(centre),inaugurating the newly refurbished administration block at the Manchester Infirmary.

    Alternative economic opportunities

    Over 40 young people in Clarendon and Manchester who had dropped out of school and were unemployed have enrolled in an 8- to 12-month vocational training programme. This will help them gain employable skills and achieve certification in electrical installation and welding, and in beauty therapy and customer service.

     More than 40 young people are benefiting from this skills training programme.

    Volunteering and fundraising

    Every employee and their family who complete more than 50 hours of volunteer work in a year can apply for a donation that will go to the institution they have been assisting.

    In 2016, some 130 team members lent a hand to various NGOs. In addition, 11 renovation and refreshment projects in schools and local institutes were diligently carried out by Jamalco’s volunteers.

    Six fundraising events were also jointly organised with local charities. Jamalco teams participated in various physical activities such as 5K runs and aerobic marathons to secure funds for charitable projects or institutions.


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