Our agreements cover all areas of our business, from environmental impact management to procurement. We integrate our contracts into operational plans and reports and clearly communicate our commitments with the relevant teams. In this context, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt should call on Rio Tinto and the industry to ensure that they do not use their market power to force traditional owners to enter into agreements that are not fair. Many of our activities are adjacent to the country and Indigenous peoples` communities; We have a long history of respecting and supporting their rights. In 2019, we supported the Uluru Declaration of the Heart, which aims to anchor an indigenous voice in the Australian Constitution. We won the Best Company Indigenous Procurement Initiative Award at the Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards in recognition of our work in our Amrun bauxite mine. In Quebec, we have signed a partnership agreement with the Innu community of Ekuanitshit, which will contribute to both the prosperity of the community and the future of our Havre-St-Pierre mine by supporting education and employment, economic development, the environment and Innu culture. We have also made significant progress in other agreements with Indigenous peoples in other parts of Canada, Australia and the United States. Mining projects and operations change the lives, livelihoods and landscapes of people linked to the country concerned. Through our agreements, we work closely with host communities to ensure that they receive a fair share of the benefits. A good performance process precisely determines the legitimate beneficiaries and then offers the services equitably, with the participation of the beneficiaries themselves. Rio Tinto began entering into agreements with aborigines in the mid-1990s and these agreements are still in force today. We have a lot of agreements with groups around the world.
These community agreements are long-term, often with horizons of more than 50 years, and they help us build relationships and manage our affairs in a way that provides reciprocal value. Figures for 2019. Community investments are voluntary financial commitments, including in-kind donations of assets and working time by rio Tinto to third parties to meet identified needs or social risks of the Community. Development contributions are defined as non-discretionary financial obligations, including in-kind donations of assets and working time provided by Rio Tinto to third parties, in order to obtain social, economic and/or environmental benefits for a community to which Rio Tinto is required by law under a legally binding agreement, a regulatory authority or other authority. Payments to landowners are non-discretionary compensation paid by Rio Tinto to third parties for access to land, mine closures, national title, efficiency and other legally binding compensation agreements. In addition to the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the results, we also conduct extensive independent verifications of the agreement itself. As agreements can span the life of a mine, these audits are carried out at defined intervals and provide a point-to-time assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of the objectives, governance structures and guidelines related to the agreement. . . .