Community Development

Community Development

IGO’s long-term success depends on our ability to build relationships with business partners, governments, non-government organisations, host communities and other stakeholders. IGO’s activities affect our employees, contractors, suppliers, Traditional Owners and the community. In order to better understand and respond to these impacts we continue to build and maintain strong relationships with all our stakeholders.

IGO completes an annual survey of our stakeholders; if you would like to register your interest in participating, please contact us by email

Across the entire business, we work within a shared set of values and for a clear purpose. That purpose is to Make a Difference and we do so by adhering to behaviours reflecting our values of Sustainability, Accountability, Teamwork, Integrity, Diligence and Respect.

Aboriginal Relations

A key focus of IGO's Community Development effort is the engagement of Traditional Land Owners and Aboriginal peoples. Our people engage cooperatively and with due regard for the feelings, wishes and beliefs of the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Nova Operation is located - the Ngadju people. IGO actively recognise that the Ngadju have been the custodians of this land for thousands of years and we acknowledge their distinct culture, beliefs and way of life. IGO's commitment to this process is documented in the IGO Aboriginal Employment and Business Standard.  

This video showcases the cultural awareness training all employees at IGO undertake.

IGO Operations


Corporate Giving and Partnerships 

IGO provides targeted assistance to a range of community-based programs with an emphasis on education and capacity building for Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups across urban, regional and disadvantaged communities. Corporate Giving is important to both our host communities and our employees. It is about more than donations, it is about meaningful engagement. Our Corporate Giving process is guided by our Corporate Giving Standard. This standard describes who is eligible to apply for IGO Corporate Giving and the application and award processes. IGO reports on its Corporate Giving activities in our annual Sustainability Report.  Please see below details of some of the projects IGO has recently supported:


Nova Work Experience Program

In December 2018, six Esperance Senior High School students spent four day and nights at IGO’s Nova nickel-copper-cobalt operation. The Year-10 students spent their time on site exploring the fields of mining engineering, geology and environmental science. IGO took over the placement program following the exit of Cleveland Cliffs from the region. It is critical for the industry and wider community to promote mining as a viable and enjoyable career option to younger generations and IGO is doing everything we can to promote the industry to current and future generations. IGO plans to continue the program with Esperance Senior High School next year.




OzHarvest is a for-impact organisation with a mission to ‘Nourish Our Country’. It began with a concept to rescue good food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to charities who feed vulnerable men, women and children in need. Since its inception in Western Australia in late 2014, OzHarvest WA has redistributed an incredible 2.5 million kilograms of food. During November 2018, over forty IGO volunteers assisted as OzHarvest van operators for a day to pick-up and drop-off an incredible 111,549 kg of surplus produce, which was then delivered to 80 charitable agencies across Perth and the greater metropolitan area. IGO also crafted 51 hampers from food donated by employees, which was received by the vendors at The Big Issue, a not-for-profit that supports those experiencing homelessness and those that are disadvantaged.  A further 22 IGO employees also participated in OzHarvest's Cooking for a Cause event that took place at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough. Together they cooked up an incredible 150 meals for those in need. The meals, which had a Spanish theme, were donated to Emmaus, a homeless service provider for those with mental illness, providing the residents with a delicious and hearty meal.


Up All Night

On 1 Dec. 2018, twelve brave souls from IGO, led by IGO Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Bradford, walked a 42 kilometre overnight marathon to raise awareness and money for Ronald McDonald House Perth. The marathon walk started at dark and ended at dawn: this was intended to put the participants in the shoes of parents of sick children who stay at the House and are often “up all night”. Collectively, Team IGO raised $23,478 and Peter Bradford was applauded as the second-highest ranked individual fundraiser overall - having raised over $7,500!



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