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. Our approach to sustainability management and community development aligns with the expectations of the SDGs. While we recognize the importance of all 17 SDGs, we have focused on the following ten goals, which we believe are most relevant to our business and where we can have the biggest impact. Find out more by reading the World Gold Council’s report or clicking on the relevant SDG icon.

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 site workforce are nationals, giving much needed employment opportunities (2019)
  • 67% of the overall procurement budget spent on in-country suppliers, supporting 1,144 local businesses (2019)
  • ~$415m paid in taxes and royalties to our host countries over the past three years (2017-2019)
  • $627m of economic value distributed in 2019
  • Creation of ECODEV, our economic development fund established to support local economic growth by financing local Small and Medium Enterprises
  • $1m investment by ECODEV in an industrial shea butter factory in Mali
  • $0.6m invested in community projects including health, agriculture, sanitation and microfinance initiatives in 2019
goal 2

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

We support the development of community-based food projects and invest in skills training to build capacity among subsistence farmers and our local communities in order to meet their immediate needs and sell the surplus.

In 2019, we were involved with 22 agricultural projects providing 454 direct jobs including:

  • Fish farming
  • Cassava processing
  • Raising chickens and goats
  • Rice production
  • Market garden
  • Soybean production
goal 3

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

We have a goal of “Zero Harm”. We support improved health and well-being amongst our workforce and our local communities.

In 2019, this included:

  • Zero fatalities, a Group LTIFR of 0.10 and an AIFR of 3.99
  • 5.5% reduction in on-site malaria cases
  • Various malaria prevention measures at our mines and in our local communities
  • All staff received life and healthcare insurance as well as scheduled routine health checks
  • A range of sports facilities and equipment available at our mines for use by our employees and contractors
  • HIV/AIDS community education campaign at our Ity mine and distribution of 20,000 condoms
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:

  • Refurbishment and construction of four schools
  • 60 national employees have attended our one-year Management Development Program since 2017
  • Recruited 180 young interns to gain valuable work experience
  • Awarded 75 scholarships to students in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, including two to study engineering in Burkina Faso and one to study engineering in France over the past two years
  • Provided school supplies to the top 434 students in our local communities in Côte d’Ivoire over the past two years
goal 5

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

We promote equal opportunity and seek to empower women through employment,

mentoring and training programs, as well as income-generating activities. In 2020, our target is to increase female representation in our workforce by 25% to 10%. We have active Women in Mining programs to help women access jobs that are usually male dominated. Our Business Conduct and Ethics Policy prohibits any form of discrimination.

Our performance includes:

  • 42% female representation on our Board, including Chair of the Audit Committee
  • Targeting 10% overall female workforce, which is linked to our executive compensation scheme in 2020
  • 8% women in management positions in 2019
  • 11% women in technical roles, up 5% over 2018
  • 8% women in our workforce in 2019
  • Support for 16 women cooperatives with income generating activities in 2019
  • Implementation of a Harassment Prevention Policy
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 regular meetings and consultation on water and sanitation with our local communities to ensure that we manage our shared water resource collaboratively.

Examples of our contributions include:

  • $240,435 was spent over the past two years (2018-2019) on constructing and repairing wells and boreholes in our host communities to enable communities to access drinking water
  • Rehabilitation of 14 boreholes and drilling of 15 large diameter boreholes around our Houndé and Karma mines and our development projects, Kalana and Fetekro
  • 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 contribute to sustainable economic growth in our local communities and host countries through employment, supporting national and local supply chains, income generating projects and payments to governments.

In 2019, our contributions included:

  • 3,726 direct jobs created by our operations
  • 95% of our workforce are host country nationals
  • 3,394 indirect jobs created through our contractors (~95% of their combined workforce are host country nationals)
  • $376m spent on local procurement, 67% of the Group’s total expenditure supporting 1,144 businesses
  • $1m investment by ECODEV in an industrial 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 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.

Our performance includes:

  • 77% of purchased electricity from the grid is generated from renewable energy sources in 2019
  • 22% reduction in GHG emission intensity CO2-e/oz gold produced in 2019
  • We have disclosed our Scope 3 emissions for the first time in our 2019 Sustainability Report
  • We participate in the CDP climate change, forestry and water questionnaires
  • In 2020 we plan to commence reporting in line with the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD)
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 closely monitor and seek to continuously improve our performance in biodiversity, reforestation and rehabilitation.

In 2019, our actions included:

  • Agreement signed with the University of Daloa for the development of a natural forest at our Ity mine
  • Gradual rehabilitation of all our mine sites
  • Tree planting programs at all our mine sites
  • Elimination of single use water bottles at all our mine sites and regional office
goal 16

GOAL 16 PEACE, JUSTICE and STRONG INTUITIONS

We are committed to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies that provide access to justice for all and have effective, accountable institutions. We transparently report on all payments to governments in line with EITI and ESTMA. We understand our duty to respect human rights and our Human Rights Policy and Procedures align with the Voluntary Principles.

In 2019, our contributions included:

  • $627m paid to the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, including taxes and royalties, payments to employees, in-country procurement and community investments
  • Issuing our first Modern Slavery Statement
  • 938 employees and private security staff trained in the Voluntary Principles