Fortescue is committed to ensuring communities benefit from the growth and development of our business.
Our community team is guided by the philosophy of being welcomed by the communities that host our business activities. We work towards this goal through effective engagement with stakeholders, respect for cultural heritage and diversity, creating economic opportunities, investment in community projects and programs and fostering a strong residential workforce.
With more than 500 employees based in the Pilbara, Fortescue supports a regional fly-in fly-out workforce for Port Hedland and Karratha.
Based in South Hedland, our Community Office is the heart of Fortescue’s engagement with the community, as the team interacts withour employees, their families and the general community.
Fortescue is committed to supporting local content as part of our procurement process.
Thriving small businesses are fundamental to the economic prosperity of communities and we continue to place a strong emphasis on engaging with small business suppliers to establish and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships.
In FY17, we spent over 98 per cent of our total procurement spend within Australia, 64 per cent within Western Australia and six per cent directly in the Pilbara1.
Our approach to local employment and a residential workforce helps to maintain procurement levels within local communities.
1NB: Only includes contestable spend. Contestable spend excludes shipping, Government costs and charges, Native Title payments, property leasing, related Fortescue entities and legal fees.
64% within Western Australia
Fortescue’s vision for the Pilbara includes building towns into vibrant and sustainable communities.
We recognise our success and social licence to operate relies on proactive and transparent engagement with communities and stakeholders and seek to empower communities through the application of social, environment, infrastructure, people-focussed programs and investment.
Collaboration with key stakeholders to form strategic partnerships is a key aspect of our approach to deliver meaningful outcomes and generate significant value to the community.
Supporting over 70 community organisations in the Pilbara