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Our COVID-19 Response

Last Updated – October 7, 2020

At Endeavour Mining, the safety and wellbeing of our employees and contractors is the highest priority while ensuring the continuity of our business during these rapidly evolving and challenging times.

Our response to COVID-19 is being managed by a designated team, supported by a well-regarded epidemiologist, acting as special advisor to Endeavour, and an 11-person medical team from a leading US NGO who will be deployed as and when the need arises. 

This information page has been put together to provide regular updates to our employees, contractors, suppliers, local communities, regulatory bodies, shareholders and press on the actions we are taking to fight COVID-19.

Our four mines, Ity and Agbaou in Cote d’Ivoire and Houndé and Karma in Burkina Faso are currently operating, as well as our development project, Kalana, in Mali. We are working closely with government and our suppliers to ensure business continuity and the continued shipment of gold.

Health & Safety

Our Actions

We are implementing a range of measures to help safeguard our workforce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 including:

  • established a crisis management team, with a well-regarded epidemiologist acting as Special Advisor to Endeavour, and an 11-person  medical team from a leading US NGO to support the mines’ medical teams
  • regular communications on best practice hygiene and health recommendations
  • temperature screening
  • strictly monitoring access to site
  • implemented social distancing measures
  • providing additional resources such as hand sanitiser and cleaning equipment
  • intensified cleaning at offices and sites
  • working from home for all our office staff
  • restrictions on non-essential visits to site
  • suspension of all non-essential business travel
  • mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers arriving in West Africa
  • working closely with local and national health authorities in our operating countries
  • sensitizing our local communities about the measures taken by the both the Ivorian and, Burkinabe and Malian governments to combat COVID-19
  • supporting the local community health centers around our mines by providing them with protective equipment, including hand sanitizer, hydro-alcoholic gel, gloves, masks, laser thermometers, etc.
  • supporting the government's COVID-19 campaign by broadcasting awareness information in local languages on our local radio stations
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Play

CEO Interviews

Listen to our CEO Sebastian de Montessus explain the measures we are taking and the contingency plans we have in place

Podcast Interview - 26 March 2020
Scotia Bank hosted Q&A Session - 27 March 2020
Interview with Kitco – 4 May 2020
Strategic Update, May 21, 2020
Employees

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

We urge everyone to practice good hygiene measures and avoid potential exposure. If you are feeling unwell, stay at home and self-isolate. Endeavour employees should inform their team leader.

  • Keep at least 1 metre distance from people
  • Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Carry hand sanitiser for use when soap and water are not readily available. Some authorities are advising hand sanitisers containing 60-85% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue, dispose of the used tissue immediately
  • Avoid shaking hands, kissing people and other personal contact
  • Avoid gatherings of people – in Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, the Governments are recommending no more than 50 people
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance
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Information

Stay Informed

Like many other diseases, such as the common cold or flu, anyone can catch the COVID-19. It is important not to stigmatize them. During these challenging times, it is important to rely on authoritative advice and avoid fake news or rumours that circulate on social media. If you would like to find out more information, we recommend these reputable sites:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.sante.gov.bf/corona-virus

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Information

COVID-19 Regional Communications

Le Faso.net:
https://lefaso.net/spip.php?article99696
https://lefaso.net/spip.php?article97536
https://lefaso.net/spip.php?article95862
https://lefaso.net/spip.php?article96258
https://lefaso.net/spip.php?article95963
https://lefaso.net/spip.php?article96871
https://lefaso.net/spip.php?article97104
https://lefaso.net/spip.php?article99473
Abidjan.net:
https://news.abidjan.net/p/662100.html
https://news.abidjan.net/h/674087.html
https://news.abidjan.net/h/672369.html
https://news.abidjan.net/h/671066.html
https://news.abidjan.net/h/671596.html
Agence Ecofin: https://www.agenceecofin.com/compagnie/1404-75698-afrique-de-l-ouest-endeavour-apporte-son-soutien-dans-la-lutte-contre-le-covid-19?utm_source=newsletter_12273&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ecofin-gestion-publique-finance-14-04-2020
Burkina24: https://www.burkina24.com/2020/04/16/burkina-les-societes-minieres-a-lepreuve-du-covid-19/
Sidwaya:
https://www.sidwaya.info/blog/2020/05/06/adama-soro-directeur-pays-dendeavour-mining-pour-le-burkina-a-ce-jour-la-mine-de-hounde-ne-compte-aucun-cas-demploye-contamine-par-le-covid-19/
https://www.sidwaya.info/blog/2020/05/28/lutte-contre-la-covid-19-endeavour-mining-debourse-880-millions-f-cfa/

Agence Ivoirienne de Presse:
https://aip.ci/cote-divoire-aip-covid-19-une-entreprise-miniere-fait-des-dons-de-800-millions-de-francs/
https://aip.ci/cote-divoire-aip-covid-19-une-compagnie-miniere-offre-du-materiel-de-protection-au-departement-de-divo/
https://aip.ci/cote-divoire-aip-remise-de-cles-des-realisations-des-comites-de-developpement-local-minier/

Le Parisien:
https://www.leparisien.fr/societe/coronavirus-pourquoi-l-afrique-tient-bon-sans-crier-victoire-14-05-2020-8316945.php
RFI:
http://www.rfi.fr/fr/podcasts/20200427-les-mines-d-or-d-afrique-l-ouest-connaissent-pas-la-crise
RTI:
https://youtu.be/-4rRuMsTjOs?t=1610
Fratmat.info:
https://www.fratmat.info/article/205514/Économie/lutte-contre-le-covid-19--une-entreprise-miniere-fait-des-dons-de-800-millions-de-fcfa
RTB:
https://www.rtb.bf/2020/10/jt-de-20h-du-03-octobre-2020/
https://www.rtb.bf/2020/09/jt-de-20h-du-22-septembre-2020/
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