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  

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

For the last two years, in December 2018 and again in 2019, students from Esperance Senior High School spent four days living on-site at IGO’s Nova nickel-copper-cobalt operation. The Year-10 students spent time getting to know more about what it is like to have a career in mining engineering, geology and environmental science. IGO believes it is critical for the industry and wider community to promote mining as a viable and enjoyable career option to our younger generations. IGO plans to continue with the program again 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

In 2019, IGO became the proud Gold Partner for the Up All Night overnight walking marathon in Perth, which raises much needed funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Western Australia. In 2019, IGO had over 21 walkers take part which was double the size of the team in 2018. IGO's CEO, Peter Bradford, walked the talk as he walked Up All Night with his staff and together the IGO team raised an incredible $57,355. Many additional IGO employees supported the event in other ways as well, such as by volunteering at the IGO Pit Stop where they supplied participants with fresh juice and words of encouragement to help the walkers finish the last few kilometres.

IGO are committed to making a difference to the West Australian community by supporting sick kids and their families through events like these. Overall, the 2019 event raised a total amount of over $1 Million. The next Up All Night walking event will take place in November 2020.



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