With our roots in Ghana, Banlaw is an African company proud of its connections to the countries it works in. Since inception we have worked hand in hand with clients and local government in developing local infrastructure for communities. Projects have included building schools, repairing public roads, constructing football pitches and developing other recreational areas and village facilities.
We put a strong emphasis on our responsibility to communities. Our CSR policy is focused on practical improvements to infrastructure, access and local facilities. Below are some examples of our work:
Akoon is a small village close to the Gold Fields Tarkwa Mine in the Western Region of Ghana. Banlaw aided the Tarkwa Ladies Club in the construction of a new village school. We carried out the foundation excavation and drainage and contributed financially to the project.
In a joint CSR-initiative, Banlaw and Gold Fields placed rockfill and granular running surface material over a flooded and destroyed section of the Bogoso to Tarkwa road. The infrastructure support we provide in Ghana improves and enhances the quality of life for local communities.
Published by CSR21.org on Dec 12, 2013
Liberia was hit by two major civil wars in quick succession in the years from 1989 to 1996 and 1999 to 2003. The wars devastated the country’s people and infrastructure. In 2013 Banlaw signed a major contract with Arcelor Mittal which necessitated the movement of heavy equipment from Cote d’Ivoire to Liberia. While the Liberian government has made good progress repairing internal road linkages, laterite and border roads have been more neglected due to lack of resources. The wars left the road which traversed the border from Liberia to its neighbour in poor condition, and largely impassable, particularly in the wet season.
In order to efficiently transport our equipment to site and to allow the local communities access to this vital trade route, we rebuilt 40-kilometres of road from west of Toulepleu in Cote d’Ivoire to Toetown in Liberia. The local authorities concerned were pleased with the development and local communities have greatly benefited from improved access.