PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PTNNT) recently went back to school by sponsoring an educational speaker series for their local communities in Indonesia called Newmont Goes to Campus. Through the series, Newmont employees visited students in local universities and taught them about many of the best practices employed at the Batu Hijau copper and gold mine in West Sumbawa. The series of lectures and presentations were conducted from March through May 2015 in three of Indonesia’s top engineering universities: Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), 10 November Institute, and Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB).
Through seminars and discussions, the students were given the opportunity to better understand how PTNNT has ushered best practices into in its operations, including showcasing the responsible mine closure program implemented by PT Newmont Minahasa Raya (PTNMR) – which demonstrates our commitment to creating a lasting legacy after our operations end. The seminars also introduced the Sustainable Mining Bootcamp program, and had some of the participants from this eight-day bootcamp at the Batu Hijau mine site share their experiences with the audience.
The educational events were well attended, with around 300 students at each university. At ITB and 10 November Institute, most of the questions raised by the students were related to technical mining practices, the origins of employees, the company’s economic contributions, the topic of smelter development and PTNNT’s commitment to protecting the environment. The Newmont team explained that mining is a capital-intensive business requiring significant up-front investment and long-term contracts from the government to ensure stability and predictability.
Dinar Aryasena, who is from Batu Hijau’s Process Department, explained that PTNNT conducts value-added processing by converting ores into concentrates.
Other topics discussed included facts around PTNNT’s economic contribution to Indonesia over the past 14 years. In fact, 69 percent of PTNNT’s expenses are used domestically in the form of taxes and non-taxes, royalties, worker salaries, domestic goods and services, and community-development programs.
Syarafuddin Jarot, Manager of Social Responsibility, explained that the main objective of PTNNT’s community-development programs is to create a self-reliant community. He also described what the company has done to create jobs for local residents. One example included a recent initiative designed to help local businesses build their capacity to provide goods and services to the mine.
The “Newmont Goes to Campus” program in Indonesia will be held at other universities in the future to continue providing transparency around mining and to further help students learn about this important and dynamic industry.