LEMCO is committed to finding the best way to support indigenous communities. We have a dedicated division that works solely with indigenous landowners to develop economies.
Indigenous people typically are not provided with the education and skills to be able to deal with corporations in a way that is advantageous to them. As is often seen in developing nations, large multi-national corporations enter areas and take advantage of the local communities leaving their resources severely depleted and their livelihoods in tatters.
LEMCO will guarantee that indigenous communities are getting the best deal for them to ensure positive outcomes in the form of community development, resources and employment. We oversee legal, licensing and employment agreements between corporations and indigenous people. We consistently monitor these agreements and their progress over time to ensure they continue to support landowners. In the case that companies are not meeting their legal obligations, we are able to implement and support legal action to correct this.
Additionally, we specialise in developing land use agreements, as well as setting up trust boards, bank accounts and creating business plans. LEMCO implements vital policies and procedures for trust boards to ensure positive outcomes. To best support rural and economic initiatives, we source funding from relevant organisations. We also help indigenous producers to obtain documentation such as ‘Fairtrade’ and organic certifications.
LEMCO provides education and training for sustainable development. Furthermore, we look to generate and sustain opportunities for women and improve their conditions. This is supported by succession planning for future generations including educational opportunities such as scholarships. To allow for long-term positive community impact and development, we generate tourism opportunities. This is often in the form of community tourism initiatives.
LEMCO views indigenous representation as extremely important. It is a vital factor in our overarching approach to support sustainable development for developing nations. We are committed to our role as a ‘spokesperson’ for indigenous communities, to ensure that they receive the equitable benefits from their land and labour inputs.