The Green Light Programme
The Green Light Programme (GLP) is establishing itself as a legal resource for use by corporations and communities alike. Its purpose is to facilitate contractual legal certainty in the relationships between communities and the commercial entities intending to use their resources.
A successful start to this programme has been the advice, negotiation and contracts which have been provided to a community adversely affected by the workings of a diamond mine in Lesotho. Seinoli lawyers working in Maseru were introduced to the managers of the mining company as the legal team which had been elected by the community to represent it. The mining company is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in the UK, and it is accordingly sensitive to international perceptions of its conduct. Since Seinoli lawyers were first instructed by the community, a number of legally binding documents have now been brokered. Relationships between the community and the mine owners have shifted from the critical to the amicable. The mining company has learnt of its obligations, and begun to comply with them, in its conduct within the community and the environment in which they both live.