Community Relations Policy
Waltersmith recognizes the host community as an integral part of the enterprise and is desirous of maintaining an excellent relationship with the communities in places it operates. The company acknowledges its responsibilities and obligations to the community and is committed to investing in development projects that enhances social cohesion and economic empowerment.
The policy seeks to accomplish the following objectives:
- Recognize the culture and rights of the host communities where we operate and comply with the law and regulations as applicable
- Promote and ensure effective communication, dialogue and a healthy relationship with the community
- Identify the critical social needs of the community and implement specific programs that will improve social standards
⦁ Identify structural gaps in the community and invest in projects to bridge such gaps
⦁ Allocate adequate resources and undertake a cost-effective implementation of the above
⦁ Continually review and monitor the effectiveness and impact of our company initiatives with a view to improve on the overall process and the eventual outcomes.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Our CSR initiative is governed by three key elements:
⦁ Economy Empowerment
Our community has been good to us and there is a mutual benefit and understanding between us. In the nearest future we are scaling up our responsibilities to the community to include: Electricity generation for the whole community, Construction of primary healthcare center, Construction of modern secondary school, More scholarship for indigent students, Vocational education, Business support and Sporting competition.
In Education, Waltersmith has operated an inclusive community relations policy which has led to investment in community projects that have enhanced social cohesion and economic empowerment. We have awarded 25 university and 60 secondary scholarships to deserving students in the host communities as well as purchased and distributed 10,000 note books to schools in the communities.
In peace building, we continue to build on the cordial relationship existing between our host communities and the company and have rewarded communities for their peaceful dispositions especially during major project activities.
Some of the developmental projects embarked upon over the years include:
⦁ Provision of 5 Nos solar powered boreholes
⦁ Provision of 20 Nos mono pumps
⦁ Completion of town halls in Awarra, Ugama, Umuehe and Umuobi-Assa communities
⦁ Provision of science laboratory equipment in Awarra secondary school
The company has trained youths on live skills and provided startup packs for them while also carrying out medical outreach to bridge the health needs of the host communities.