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The lineup was long and winding. People chatted enthusiastically, children waited eagerly and impatiently, and the elderly were dressed in their best. From the excitement in the air, you might think a celebrity was scheduled to appear. That’s not the case, but this was indeed a big deal in Guerrero State in southern Mexico. The popular cultural event that entertained the masses was 2011’s Los Filos Fair hosted by Goldcorp. The 3rd Annual Community Safety Fair kicked off with a crowd of close to 3,000 people attending over the two days. Goldcorp’s CEO, other executives and family members attended along with dignitaries from the local communities and state.
As attendees entered the site, they were greeted by company managers and employees who handed out eco-friendly grab bags, each containing a raffle ticket. The visitors then joined tours to see what’s new at the underground mine and went on to explore more than 50 booths featuring displays, exhibits and competition entries submitted by local schoolchildren and science students.
From there the crowd headed to the heavy equipment exhibition for an up-close look at the big rigs and for a photo in the driver’s seat, followed by a stroll through the grounds of the newly created botanical garden, freshly planted with dozens of native species of flowers, shrubs and trees. Then it was time to take in the fun of safety games, entertainment, demonstrations and workshops.
Over the course of the three-day Fair, close to 3,000 visitors from the surrounding communities of Mezcala, Carrizalillo and Mazapa, as well as the neighbouring regions of Chilpancingo, Acapulco, Iguala and Monterrey – including government officials, local organizations, suppliers, partners, and of course citizens from all walks of life – took part in the festivities. The event attracted more people than last year.
For Los Filos General Manager Tomas Iturriaga, the Fair was a big win for reasons far beyond prizes. “We put a lot of thought into how we would bolster our messages to communities. The roulette wheel is a great way to attract people and focus attention on safety, and today we have new, innovative ways to make lasting connections and impressions. The health checks, the recycling contests, the botanical gardens – all of these demonstrate Goldcorp’s commitment to the welfare of people and our planet.”
Marlin has two freshwater production wells in operation which supply water to the process plant, underground mine, dust suppression water trucks and camp/administration areas via a raw water storage pond. Since 2006 Marlin has continued to increase the percentage of recycled water from the tailings storage facility (TSF) to the supply system and decrease the percentage of fresh water extracted from the environment.
The 2011 water recycle rate was higher than other years, up to 97%. The modifications that can be made to improve water recycling from the TSF have been made and further improvement based on the current plant design is not expected to be significant. However, filtration of the tailings beginning in 2012 may provide for additional water management efficiency.
One of our objectives at Goldcorp is to build and maintain a strong corporate culture of respect for human rights. We recognize, though, that strong policies are not enough. Fostering a human rights culture takes time, patience, commitment from senior leadership, training, and a shared vision.
To advance this important culture at Goldcorp and to bring life to the human rights policy, we chose to develop a new human rights training program for everyone that Goldcorp is responsible for: every employee, contractor and sub-contractor in every Goldcorp location.
Through human rights training, Goldcorp supports its employees and contractors to understand their own human rights and the human rights of others. It teaches individuals how to recognize potential human rights issues and how to report them.
To develop a human rights training program that would be respected, credible and substantive, we chose to partner with the Fund for Peace (www.fundforpeace.org). Fund for Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit research and educational organization that works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security. They worked with us on a program that addresses our unique needs as a resource company with security concerns and operations in various regions of the world, many of which affect Indigenous peoples and rural communities.
The result is a program that provides a broad introduction to human rights with a special focus on Indigenous rights and security issues. The program will be implemented company-wide during 2012
In May 2011, Goldcorp was recognized by NASDAQ as one of the top 100 companies in the world for its sustainability practices as part of its NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index.
“We are proud to be recognized as a global leader for our responsible business practices,” said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp’s President and CEO. “Goldcorp’s commitment to responsible mining and sustainable prosperity for all of our stakeholders and our focus on corporate social responsibility programs throughout the organization remain the basis for how we conduct our operations worldwide. We seek productive partnerships and dialogue to ensure our programs are designed as catalysts for positive, lasting contributions in the communities where we do business. It’s gratifying to see these efforts realized.”
The NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index is an equity-weighted index made up of 100 companies that lead in measuring and reporting their carbon footprint, energy usage, water consumption, hazardous and non-hazardous waste generation, workforce initiatives and community investing. Included companies must voluntarily disclose their current environmental, social and governance risks as well as their revenue opportunities and how they will affect future performance.
As a signatory to the UN Global Compact and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, Goldcorp has adopted Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights Policies and has advanced the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative internationally.
Porcupine was honoured with the 2011 Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award for the progressive rehabilitation work completed on the Coniaurum property in Timmins.
The award was presented at the Mining and Environment Conference held in Sudbury, Ontario on June 27. Sponsored by the Ontario Mining Association, the Canadian Land Reclamation Association as well as the Ministry of Northern Development Mines and Forestry with the financial support of Vale SA, the award celebrates groundbreaking and innovative work in the promotion of mine reclamation.
The Coniaurum mine operated from 1913 to 1961 producing 1.1 million ounces of gold from approximately 4.5 million tonnes of ore. In total, the Coniaurum Tailings Management Area covered 58 hectares with tailings depths between 6 and 13 metres.
Following the Timmins Storm of August 1961, large volumes of water rushed through the area creating massive erosion channels, ultimately breaching the north containment dam and discharging tailings directly into the Porcupine River. Additional surface erosion occurred in 1988 when Australian miner ERG Resources Inc. attempted to re-process the tailings but were forced to abandon the project due to financial and operational restraints.
In 2002, Porcupine Gold Mines began rehabilitation planning of the site and in 2005, with the assistance of AMEC Earth and Environmental, initiated a major rehabilitation project to contend with the environmental impacts associated with the site. The project was divided into three phases whereby construction activities focused on re-grading and landscaping the entire area.
The successful revegetation of the area has reintroduced many native grasses and shrubs to the site and in turn has attracted wildlife once again. In 2008, a pilot project introduced 10 bee hives to the area to promote additional pollination. Based on the health of bee colonies and the honey they have produced over the years, the hives continue to be a success.
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