Earlier this year, Goldcorp’s Peñasquito mine and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) partnered to deliver free dental treatment to over 800 patients from the semi-desert region of Zacatecas. Dentist Juan Carlos Avilés Rodríguez, Coordinator of the UNAM Social Service, noted that 88 percent of the population in Mexico has dental issues, often from a very early age, as access to dental care is very limited in rural areas of Mexico.
Goldcorp is committed to the efficient use of natural resources and to conducting our business to the highest standards of environmental management and performance, striving to go beyond regulatory compliance and lead with industry best practices.
At Goldcorp, we recognize that our operations will have impacts on the areas around our mine sites, bringing both opportunities and issues of concern for residents. We strive to partner with local stakeholders to understand their needs and address their questions, and to conduct our business in a way that supports strong, vibrant and sustainable communities.
The closer a mining operation is to a residential area, the greater the impact felt by local residents – and the greater the need to build and maintain trust through transparency and dialogue.
At Goldcorp, we have a lot of internal expertise on the technical aspects of mining and environmental management, but we know that knowledge comes in many forms. We want to be contributing members of partnerships that will build a body of knowledge that contributes to the social and environmental well-being of the communities in which we work.
At Goldcorp, we are committed to integrating respect for human rights into our business management processes throughout the company.
In an effort to strengthen our commitment to respect human rights and in line with the implementation of the Conflict-Free Gold Standard in 2013, we recognized that it would be imperative to offer training and support across our sites. One key aspect of the training offered to personnel was on human rights – particularly on best practices in human rights and security.
The Day of Remembrance marked a turning point in our safety culture. Although our annual All Injury Frequency Rate (AIFR) for 2013 was unchanged from 2012, that does not tell the story for the year. Over the first three quarters of 2013, the AIFR rose steadily to 1.95. Then, after the Day of Remembrance, and the implementation of several key safety initiatives, the AIFR dropped steeply, to 1.36 for the fourth quarter. We strongly believe that the awareness and new initiatives were critical factors.
While we recognize that individuals are ultimately responsible for their safety, we strive to equip our employees with the tools, training and mindset that result in continual safety awareness. From our operations to our offices, we seek an incident-free workplace.
At Goldcorp, we recognize the value of empowering our employees through continuous education. One special program developed with this in mind is the literacy program at Marlin in Guatemala. The training was the result of a project for the Supervisory Leadership Development Program (SLDP). In 2010, Oziel Orozco, an SLDP student, saw the opportunity to create a program that would fulfill a need in a country where the literacy rate for adults is 76%. This kicked off Marlin’s literacy program, which now provides training in reading and writing to employees from the local communities.
We generate far-reaching economic opportunities in the often remote communities and regions in which we operate. We hire and source locally, provide training and support to help people start and develop careers, and contribute to local and regional infrastructure and services. We want to be a catalyst for development that outlives our activities, building community capacity and creating a better future for the people living in the area – in addition to delivering value to our shareholders.
July 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Goldcorp Inc. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) released its Annual Sustainability Report (csr.goldcorp.com) showcasing its 2013 performance and progress in delivering on its vision of “Together, Creating Sustainable Value”.