Local communities

Input from local communities is valuable information that helps us improve. Important topics for dialogue with local communities are community development projects, job security, safe operations, emissions and other environmental issues, and traffic generated by the plant. Complaints raised by local communities, and traffic incidents related to our operations are registered and managed in accordance with good practices for incident and deviation management.

Dialogue with local communities is the responsibility of each plant or site manager and is carried out both formally and on an informal day-to-day basis. A number of Elkem plants have local initiatives and support programmes for better education, sports activities, better local infrastructure, local community poverty reduction/food support or other social impact initiatives. 

Being part of local and regional formal networks are also an important way of understanding the needs of local and regional communities. Several of Elkem’s plants are members of business organisations, research and development clusters or other networks. 

A number of Elkem plants have local initiatives and support programmes. There are clear guidelines for what is permitted to avoid corruption. Any financial support shall be given in a fully open and transparent manner according with local legislation. It is up to the local plant or unit to set goals or evaluate the support to local community programmes.

Examples of events or programmes that Elkem support locally or regionally:

  • Local sports clubs, both children and adults
  • Scholarships, high school and universities
  • School programmes with focus on building technology skills
  • Summer school/camps
  • Cancer research programme
  • Safety training and first aid kits to local organisations
  • Poor family support programmes


Stakeholder Key issues for the stakeholders
Employees Safe jobs, high EHS standard, sustainable work situation, development/career opportunities, contribute to EHS and business improvements, salaries, benefits and compensation (employee welfare), equal opportunities, sustainability (CSR).
Authorities Environmental regulations, industrial practice and trust, good environmental performance, open communication, compliant with laws – labour and environment, community development, pay taxes, active participator in dialogue, coordination with fire and police force.
Management EHS results, financial results, strategic direction, ethical business, CSR issues, compliance, all to follow Code of Conduct, sustainable business, leadership development, full compliance with laws.
Customers High quality of product, highly trustworthy partner, good coordination in supply chain, technical improvements, fair/reasonable pricing, ethical and responsible behaviour, timely delivery of product, product innovation.
Suppliers Ethical and responsible behaviour, value addition, anti-corruption work, anti-bribery work, highly trustworthy partner, transportation.
Local communities    Community support/development, EHS, sustainable business, employment prospects, reliable employer, visible in the community, open and trustworthy dialogue, environmental performance and perception.
Unions Respect of agreements, good work climate, good dialogue, constructive partnership.
Shareholders Profit, strategic direction, EHS results.