Contributing to local communities

Fortescue 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.


Building sustainable communities

Fortescue strives to create economic opportunities within the regions in which we operate by employing local people and purchasing local products and services. We recognise the need to create vibrant and flourishing communities that will attract and retain a mining workforce and their families.

With more than 500 employees based in the Pilbara, Fortescue supports a regional fly-in fly-out workforce for Port Hedland and Karratha.

We seek regular feedback from our residential workforce and other stakeholders, including local governments to ensure our initiatives and programs support and address the challenges facing these communities.

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Local Procurement

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. 

Our approach to local employment and a residential workforce helps to maintain procurement levels within local communities. 

Fortescue is also a member of and active contributor to the Pilbara based Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Port Hedland Industries Council.

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Providing opportunities for local small and medium sized businesses through our strong focus on local content

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Community Investment

Fortescue seeks to empower our communities by developing partnerships to deliver strategic and meaningful outcomes that generate value for communities.

Our biannual Community Grants Program has been operating for 11 years and continues to provide eligible organisations with up to A$5,000 in funding to support a variety of community initiatives that benefit the Pilbara.

Fortescue focuses on community projects that champion:

  • Education and training
  • Aboriginal engagement
  • Health and wellness
  • Community safety and involvement
  • Economic development
  • Arts and culture
  • Environmental responsibility

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Community partnerships

Fortescue is committed to working in local Pilbara communities to develop innovative partnerships and initiatives which contribute to vibrant and sustainable communities.

We value the community organisations that we work with and are proud of the difference we can make together.

Community Partnerships

Port Hedland community
Mingle Mob
Hedland Women's Refuge
Roebourne District High School
Hedland Senior High School
Young Australian Art and Writing Workshops
Ronald McDonald House
Pilbara Community Hockey Program