Using Local Suppliers
SMFG had a workforce of more than three hundred employees and contractors as of early 2020. SMFG therefore needs regular and significant quantities of supplies including food, construction materials, office and field supplies, wood-based fuel and a wide range of other materials. All these supplies are purchased locally unless they cannot be found at a reasonable price, in particular food, or cannot be supplied responsibly. Likewise, SMFG always seeks to use local contractors first for construction, roadworks and other jobs.
SMFG’s local content is most evident in its staff and contractors. As of January 2020, over 97% of its staff at Nimba were Guineans, of which 26% came from the two sous-prefectures surrounding the Project, 71% from Lola Prefecture, and 86% from Guinée Forestière.