Pan American Silver Corp. has been a leader in the industry, with a history of spearheading innovative community programs targeted at improving the conditions in the communities that we operate. While traditional programs are typically centered on education, health and environment, Pan American Silver Corp. has also worked tirelessly on improving infrastructure and alternative economic activities. Several awards have been presented to us for our innovative and persistent sustainability efforts.
Raising the bar, we have developed creative ways to foster sustainable projects that will economically benefit communities and support the development of their financial independence long after mining operations are successfully completed.
UQLLU, is the trademark obtained by PAS and donated to the project which marks a first in the commissioning of a sustainable and financially viable project by a mining company, which is committed to showcasing Peruvian craftsmanship through the production and marketing of a line of high-end clothing, accessories, jewelry and household décor, hand-made by the Peruvian artisans. This program is unique in the industry and is being driven as part of the Social Responsibility initiative of the company. The initiation of this program consisted of providing the community with the tools and supplies needed to create the high quality goods made from alpaca fibers. Pan American Silver also provides the teachers, resources and community support to ensure proper training and safe working environment. Additionally, this project is providing equal financial opportunities for men and women in an environment where diverse opportunities are often limited.
Pan American Silver has taken the steps necessary to ensure that the project meets the requirements to be certified as a Fair Trade Organization. By doing this we will be ensuring the well-being of those involved and guaranteeing a fair pay for the labour to create these beautifully hand-crafted and high-quality items. This will ensure that the profits are shared in the communities where they are made and not lost to middle men. The goal is to launch AndesWear.com in Spring 2012.
Pan American Silver operates two mines in Perú.
Pan American Silver was one of the first mining companies in Perú to establish a Social Responsibility function within its local management team, with the intention of improving the numerous community development initiatives already in place and better communicating the results of said initiatives to the local communities and the general public.
In 2007, the Company created the Pan American Silver Association (Perú), a non-profit organization dedicated to implementing and managing development projects in our host communities and in the areas of influence of our operations. The Association's programs include:
At Morococha, Pan American Silver has implemented several initiatives with the intention to create a preventative culture of among the population. To this end, the Company has teamed up with several local and regional institutions to improve pediatric health, to extend health services to senior members of the community, to provide oral care, to improve oral hygiene, to reduce the incidence of oral and digestive health issues among children and to provide access to vaccination against seasonal influenza and other diseases.
Pan American Silver has been working with charitable foundation Caritas del Peru since 2007 on the "Project for the Improvement of the Health and Nutrition" in the communities surrounding the Huaron and Morococha mines. The aim of the initiative is to mitigate and ultimately eliminate chronic malnourishment in children under the age of three and pregnant women, to improve the availability and consumption of healthy food, to improve the health regime of entire families, to expand medical services and to promote the development of healthy living conditions at homes, schools and in community areas. This award-winning program also includes activities geared towards the improvement of home kitchens, nutritional health at schools, the breeding of small livestock, the implementation of community and family organic green houses and the continued monitoring of nutrition levels among the target population.
Pan American understands that education is one of the pillars of sustained progress and development. To raise education levels in the communities where we operate, the Company provides financial and logistical support to primary and secondary schools, scholarships for skills development and vocational training for high school students, internships and technical careers for post-secondary students, and several job-related training programs for employees.
At Huaron, Pan American supported the creation of the first technical centre dedicated to mining activities to provide young adults in the nearby community of Huayllay to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the mining industry.
At Huaron, Pan American has become part of the Grupo Minero Pasco. The group is formed by the mining companies Atacocha, El Brocal and Milpo. The group works with the Pasco Regional Coordination Commission, which is also integrated by the Pasco Regional Government, the Archdiocese of Tarma and the Alcides Carrion National University. In the area surrounding the mine the group supports the construction and maintenance of the Lima-Canta-Huayllay-Ricran route. The project will rehabilitate and improve over 228 kilometres of highways and secondary roads and will benefit over 175,000 people. This route is especially important as it provides an alternative route to some parts of the Central Highway, one of the most important routes in the country.
At Huaron and Morococha Pan American has established artisanal workshops for the production of fine textiles with alpaca wool from herds bred by the local communities.
In recent years, Pan American Silver Perú has received a number of awards and recognitions for its contribution to the sustainable development of the local communities where it operates: