Local Communities

The infrastructure and public services that we develop for clients are often public goods for the benefit of society as a whole. The construction phase of a project can, however, entail a number of social impacts and community disturbances that must be considered in a project’s design and construction. QGMI is committed to maintaining mutually respectful relations with neighbouring communities and leaving a positive legacy following the completion of its projects, preventing community health and safety impacts, establishing open communication and feedback channels with stakeholders, and creating employment and training opportunities for members of local communities where possible.


As part of its service offering, QGMI can coordinate the impact assessment, stakeholder engagement and the resettlement or livelihoods restoration planning on behalf of its clients. We do so in line with national regulations and lender requirements (typically IFC Performance Standards). We use leading international consultancies partnered with a local counterpart to deliver these studies and plans and involve/consult clients in the process to ensure the end result is fit for purpose.

Social Performance Management

Once a project has received regulatory and lender sign-off and is ready to be started , QGMI applies the following measures:

Maintaining open channels of communication between the project and local stakeholders, typically with a designated community liaison officer.

Setting up a grievance mechanism through which community members can voice concerns and make suggestions to better manage environmental and social impacts.

Training workers in aspects of acceptable behaviour in relation to interacting with the community.

Coordinating a local recruitment process to fill positions which require skills that are locally available.

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Integrated Waste Management

At QGMI, we plan to adopt an integrated waste management approach, by assessing the various waste streams and adopting an approach of waste management. Our organic wastes are segregated, and a designed composter treats them. The result of the organic waste management can be applied to our reforestation projects.

Accugrade GPS Control System

We use a GPS technology to increase our productivity in earthmoving and grading processes. This Control System allows operators to grade more precisely and faster, which translates into higher productivity, lower operating costs, and a well-done work.

SAE (Electronic Monitoring System)

The Electronic Monitorig System was developed internally by the IT team, with the aim of monitoring the development of activities and working hours of workers and teams in real time, reducing access time to performance indicators for strategic decision making. The system, which is available in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, works via smartphone by reading QR Codes affixed to equipment and on workers’ credentials. It works even where there is no internet available, as data can be stored in the phone’s memory and transferred when there is a Wi-Fi or 4G network signal. It improves cost management, productivity control and contributes to environmental sustainability.