We recognize that the long-term success of our operations depends on building and maintaining constructive relationships with our host communities. We are dedicated to making a positive, lasting contribution to the communities in which we live and work. How we conduct ourselves in the communities is just as important as how we operate at our mine sites.
We rely on respectful, open, trustful and frequent communication with the members of our hosting communities and a partnership approach to ensure mutually beneficial long-term economic and social benefits.
The concept of sustainable development guides our operations and is directed by the principles of dialogue and transparency, responsibility, commitment and shared values. We work closely with the communities that host us and local authorities, respecting laws, customs and practices, to build alliances seeking to contribute to the local and regional development.
Our community relations programs are focused on local development, education, quality of life, and culture.
Adopt a School Program
Often, the most sustainable and beneficial legacies that community development programs around a mining operation may leave, are in the skills and capacities provided by training, employment, and education programs for local people.
We partner with government entities to collaborate in education programs in our host communities. Additionally, working groups, formed by representatives of the Ministry of Education, local teachers, parents’ associations and our community relations teams, are created to define priorities and execute plans and initiatives together.
In 2015, we supported initiatives identified by these working groups as high priority in the current school year. Support ranged from donation of school supplies, musical instruments, and materials for maintenance of infrastructure and playgrounds.
In Guanajuato, members of the parents’ association of a local kindergarten also received specific training in a program coordinated with the local Civic Protection Association to promote safe transit practices during school hours to ensure the safety of the children, their families, school staff, and the entire community.
In 2011, in Guanajuato, Great Panther entered into an agreement with the Mexican Social Security Institute (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social or IMSS) to lend the facility where the Medicine Unit No. 50 has offered health care services to the local community. This clinic has remained open since then and currently 10,000 monthly consultations are completed providing a wide range of services to locals of several communities of the city of Guanajuato.
When we started operating our San Ignacio Mine, a common practice in the small communities of approximately 500 people was to burn their waste, including all kind of plastic bottles and containers. Burning plastic releases substances that are dangerous for the health of people and animals, and for the environment in general.
Working together with a group of women, the first training program for leaders of the community was implemented immediately. Containers for classification of these different kinds of plastics were provided and an introduction to a local recycling company was arranged. Proceeds from the sale of these containers are managed by community leaders and matched by the Company. These are used for community activities such as local celebrations or repairs of common areas.
The first program was highly successful and it was extended to a second community in the area. In the first 9 months of the year more than 1,100 kg of plastic containers were recycled by these two communities. There is one final pick up scheduled for December and it is estimated that the total recycled amount for 2015 would be approximate 1,400 kg of plastic.