Corp Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility

CU River’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has five components:

Our environmental commitment

CU River believes that all its mining projects can be environmentally sustainable by developing and integrating practices that reduce the environmental impact of the mining operations.

We recognise the importance of the natural environment and follow best practice in the management of land, water, air, flora and fauna.

Our social commitment

Community involvement
Our social commitment

Greg Pearce (Mine Rescue) and Szymon Kumela (Cu-River)

In 2017 CU River sponsored the Coober Pedy Mines Rescue Squad, the Coober Pedy Races and Gymkhana, and the Coober Pedy Umoona Eagles Football Club in the SA Football and Netball Aboriginal Carnival.

In 2018 we will be a sponsor of the Coober Pedy Opal Festival in June and are examining other opportunities for sponsorship and in-kind support to the community.

We have also established a Community Consultative Committee to act as a two-way conduit between ourselves and the regional community. Please contact for all enquiries about this.

Traditional owners

Traditional ownersEngagement

CU River has engaged with the traditional owners of the lands covered by its Exploration Licences and Mining Leases right from the time it took up the Cairn Hill project and other tenements.

We recognise and respect the rights of the traditional owners, the Antakakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara people, and we work alongside them respectfully throughout all of our operations.

Relationship building

The Antakakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara people have been in the Coober Pedy district for thousands of years; we have been there for three years. But as newcomers, we are keen to understand those with a long history in the area and to build positive relationships with them.

Our economic commitment


We created 60 jobs at the Cairn Hill mine and more opportunities will arise as the Snaefell project enters development and production.
This has a direct benefit to the local community as all our workforce, whether directly or indirectly employed, make use of local goods and services and thus underpin the Coober Pedy area’s economy.

As the Snaefell project develops, CU River will be seeking to employ more personnel across a range of jobs both in Adelaide and on site. In the early stages of planning for Snaefell, we envisage that this project will total about 1500 jobs during construction/development and a workforce of 300 during operations.
To register an interest for working for CU River, please send your CV including qualifications, recent work history and three references to

Buy local policy

CU River gives preference to local/regional suppliers of goods and services who are competitive with alternatives available elsewhere.

Indigenous Training and jobs

CU River’s policy is to deliver a WorkReady training project for members of the Antakakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Corporation (AMYAC) to provide an employment pathway for its members who are currently unemployed.

We are committed to working with AMYAC to assist indigenous individuals to gain the skills and confidence to enter the workforce and take steps towards self-sustainability.

Our stakeholder commitment

Our stakeholders include:

  • All South Australians, with a particular focus on the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community of Coober Pedy and surrounding areas
  • The Governments of Australia and South Australia, through complying with their laws and regulations
  • The District Council of Coober Pedy
  • Our employees and subcontractors
  • Our suppliers.

Our commitment to these stakeholders is simply to do the right thing by all of them, at all times.

our peopele

Our people

Our management team puts people first – that means both our employees and contractors, and the people we work alongside in regional and city communities.

The independence of our CSR policy

CU River is developing and implementing a flexible program of corporate social responsibility because we believe it’s the right thing to do. While the SA Government has guidelines and requirements related to community engagement, our actions go further than are required by legislation and regulation because we believe we have a duty to improve the lives and wellbeing of those who work with us, for us, and for the people of South Australia and Australia generally.

Professional and industry affiliations

CU River contributes to the State and the industry in many ways, including active membership of several professional organisations including the SA Chamber of Mines and Energy, Brand SA and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.