UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Endeavour Mining is committed to helping achieve progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our various activities and initiatives:

goal 1

GOAL 1: END POVERTY IN ALL ITS FORMS EVERYWHERE

We aim to contribute to the prosperity of our communities, regions and countries by creating employment opportunities, supporting local businesses through procurement of goods and services, community investment and payments to governments.

We support the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) by paying a fair and accurate share of taxes and royalties and annually disclose our payments to governments please click here for further details.

We contribute to poverty reduction through direct employment created by our operations and indirect employment resulting from the local and national procurement of goods and services.

Our contributions include:

  • 95% of our workforce comes from the countries in which we operate
  • 26% increase from 2017 to 2018 in the share of local procurement to $496 million, which represents 60% of the overall procurement budget
  • ~$315 million paid in taxes and royalties to our host countries over the past two years
  • Creation of ECODEV, our economic development fund established to support local economic growth by financing local Small and Medium Enterprises
  • $2.2 million investment by ECODEV in two businesses, a cattle feedlot and integrated slaughterhouse and meat production in Burkina Faso and a shea butter factory in Mali 
goal 2

GOAL 2: END HUNGER, ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY AND IMPROVED NUTRITION AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

We invest in skills training to build capacity among farmers and our local communities to assist them increase their agriculture output in order to meet their immediate needs and sell the surplus.

We have been involved in a range of community projects, which include:

  • Provision of new types of crops and improved seeds
  • Beekeeping, raising chickens and goats
  • Agricultural training for 985 beneficiaries in 2017 & 2018
goal 3

GOAL 3: ENSURE HEALTHY LIVES AND PROMOTE WELL-BEING FOR ALL AT ALL AGES

We have a goal of “Zero Harm” and safe production.

  • In 2018, we maintained our safety performance despite an increase of 6.6 million man-hours worked due to the Ity CIL construction project.
  • We recorded a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate of 0.16 at our operating sites and 0.18 across the group per million man-hours worked compared to 0.4 in 2016 and 0.2 in 2017.

We value the health and wellbeing of our staff and community stakeholders.

  • Each employee is covered by a health insurance policy, which gives access to off-site medical facilities as well as having access to a clinic on-site.

Our goal is to reduce and ultimately eliminate malaria from our communities. We have a target of 10% reduction in malarial incidence rates across the group year-on-year.

To achieve this target, we run malaria prevention programs for our employees and community members to stop mosquitoes being infected, prevent them surviving long enough to share the infection, and prevent people from being bitten by mosquitoes.

These programs include:

  • Fogging in camps, working areas and villages
  • Reduction of stagnant water
  • Distribution of impregnated mosquito nets
  • Awareness raising programs for malaria prevention

We also run HIV/AIDS prevention programs for our employees and in our local communities.

goal 4

GOAL 4: ENSURE INCLUSIVE AND QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL AND PROMOTE LIFELONG LEARNING

We aim to increase access to quality education in the communities surrounding our operations and we invest in workforce education, training and technical programmes.

Our contribution includes:

  • Investing $640,000 during 2018 which benefitted over 5,500 people
  • Scholarships for 11 students in Burkina Faso to pursue post-secondary education in preparation for university
  • Solar lighting of schools
  • 10 tertiary bursaries for students in Houndé
  • Construction of 3 classrooms, a management office and latrines for 2 primary schools at Tabakoto mine
  • 186 school kits given to the best students from the primary schools of 5 impacted villages and 3 schools with highest pass rates awarded computers and printers at Agbaou
goal 5

GOAL 5: ACHIEVE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER ALL WOMEN AND GIRLS

We promote equal opportunities and seek to empower women and girls through mentoring and training programs, as well as income-generating activities.

We have active Women in Mining programs at our two flagship mines, Ity and Houndé to help women access jobs that are usually male dominated.

Our Business Conduct and Ethics Policy prohibits any form of discrimination and we have a Harassment Prevention Policy which has been communicated across all our operations.

In 2018, we had:

  • 8% women in management positions
  • 6% women in technical roles
  • 7% women in our workforce
goal 6

GOAL 6: ENSURE ACCESS TO WATER AND SANITATION FOR ALL

We seek to improve access to water and sanitation for the communities surrounding our operations.

We ensure full transparency in water management through conversations, regular meetings and consultations on water and sanitation with our local communities to ensure that we manage collaboratively a shared water resource.

Water sources around the mines are monitored on a regular basis against both national and World Health Organisation drinking water standards.

Examples our contributions include:

  • $100,000 was spent in 201 on constructing and repairing wells and boreholes in seven communities around our mine sites to enable communities to access drinking water
  • Rehabilitation of 12 boreholes and drilling of 3 large diameter boreholes around Houndé mine
  • Drilling of six community boreholes for the six villages surrounding the Tabakoto mine
  • A solar powered borehole for the health centre of Tabakoto
goal 8

GOAL 8: PROMOTE INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH, EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WORK FOR ALL

We seek to create conditions that enable people to have jobs, to stimulate the economy and drive economic growth through local procurement and supplier development strategies.

Our contributions include:

  • Employment opportunities, with more than 5,400 direct jobs created by our operations
  • 95% of our workforce are host country nationals.
  • Employment opportunities of over 4,100 indirect jobs created through our contractors, 91% of their workforce are host country nationals
  • $496 million spent on local procurement in 2018, representing 60% of the group’s total expenditure
  • Creation of ECODEV, our economic development fund established to support local economic growth by financing local Small and Medium Enterprises
  • $2.2 million investment by ECODEV in two businesses, a cattle feedlot and integrated slaughterhouse and meat production in Burkina Faso and a shea butter factory in Mali
goal 13

GOAL 13: TAKE URGENT ACTION TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACT

Managing energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is important. We need to meet the current energy needs of our operations while maximizing our energy efficiency, as well as utilizing and developing clean and renewable energy sources wherever practicably possible. In 2019, we participated for the first time in the Carbon Disclosure Project.

In 2018:

  • We decreased our energy consumption by 56% compared to 2017
  • In Côte d’Ivoire, the Ity heap leach mine derived 4% of its electricity from natural gas and 0.8% from renewable sources of hydropower and biofuel, while the Agbaou mine derived 17.3% of its energy from hydropower
  • The mining teams reduced the haulage truck idling time by 10%, which reduced fuel consumption 
  • We started converting to solar power in the lighting of access ways, plants, safe walking tracks between operational areas and camp accommodation

We recognise the sensitivity around water management and water scarcity in our areas of operation. We are committed to constantly improving our water management systems and their efficiency to ensure an adequate supply for operations and to monitoring our usage of water resources in order to protect and improve the supply and quality of water for our local communities.

All our operational mines operate a closed water circuit system ensuring that the water is well managed and conforms to the standards of the World Bank or the World Health Organization (WHO).

Wastewater is re-used for activities such as dust suppression and recycled through the plant. Any water that is discharged is treated, if the situation requires in order to meet the national, WHO and IFC quality standards before being safely discharged back into the environment.

goal 15

GOAL 15: PROTECT, RESTORE AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE USE OF TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS, SUSTAINABLY MANAGE FORESTS, COMBAT DESERTIFICATION, AND HALT AND REVERSE LAND DEGRADATION AND HALT BIODIVERSITY LOSS

We are committed to sustainable development and recognize that the long-term success of our business is dependent upon good stewardship of the environment, both in terms of exploration and the extraction of mineral resources.

We closely monitor and seek to continuously improve our performance in through biodiversity programs, reforestation and rehabilitation programs, which include:

  • Creation of the Dekpa Forest Reserve at Agbaou to protect rare species, plant new trees and includes participation of the local communities and the University
  • Gradual rehabilitation of our mine sites
  • Tree planting programs at all sites and in the local communities surrounding the operations