Our Host Countries & Communities

The global landscape is changing and, along with it, the evolution of sustainable business for corporations such as ours. For Tahoe, sustainability is not just a CSR program; it is ensuring we practice responsible business in every aspect of our operations and generate long-term benefit and economic opportunity for our host countries and communities.

Principles for Responsible Business:

Respect human rights
Ongoing, broad engagement
Generate and distribute economic value
Environmental stewardship
Build local skills
Support local sustainable development
Supporting Local Sustainable Development

Supporting Local Sustainable Development

Our sustainable development programs aim to transform natural resources to generate human, economic and material value in a responsible way, in order to be a sustainable development partner in the regions where we operate. We directly invest millions of dollars in social investment and economic development programs, reaching beneficiaries across the regions in which we operate. Community development, however, requires more than sponsorship or financial support. To enable people to direct their own development, we make local communities partners in our programs with the aim to leave a positive, lasting impact on such communities and people. We emphasize collaboration in implementing strategic programs that will outlast our mining operations and leave communities and the environment in and around our mines better off than before we arrived.

Guatemala Economic Impact

Vocational Training Center:

Since 2013, MSR has provided vocational skills training to local residents at its Vocational Training Center in the San Rafael las Flores municipality. Students at the Training Center study English, apparel construction, business and welding, among other trades. Many of the programs are specifically geared towards women, including the apparel program, duct ventilation repair, a silver jewelry-making program and small business development.

Small Business Development:

FUNDES: MSR engaged the non-profit organization FUNDES to conduct an economic development program to support the development of local businesses in San Rafael las Flores. FUNDES’ mission is to strengthen the business capacity of local commercial enterprises to improve their market reach and to achieve sustainable results.

In just a few short years, local associations and entrepreneurs that have grown out of the FUNDES program and the Vocational Training Center have already successfully established their own businesses, providing commercial goods and services in the region and the capital city.

Small Business Development

Nutrition:

Aprendamos Juntas: MSR is working with the well-respected Guatemalan non-profit organization, Puente, to administer a food security program, Aprendamos Juntas (“We Learn Together”) in communities near the Escobal mine. Health development indicators already have shown marked improvement (10-20% increases) in baby weights of participating families.

Three of the program’s components also relate to increasing women's leadership, self-esteem and participation by organizing community groups and developing local leaders, preventing violence against women by promoting a new vision of “masculinity” with their partners or husbands, and enhancing economic empowerment through micro business training, handicraft making and encouraging local savings through local credit associations.

Vocational Training Center

Peru Economic Impact

Local Economic Development:

Tahoe Peru invests in productive projects to help locals create economic opportunities for themselves. Programs focus on fostering best breeding practices and strengthening business management skills. Small associations of individual farmers in the communities around both mines are now selling guinea pigs and hens within local and regional markets. Local women in particular have participated in workshops aimed at improving development of productive projects, including guinea pig and hen breeding, bakery businesses, and handicraft and textiles production.

Healthy Homes Program:

Tahoe Peru has successfully implemented a three-year program, in coordination with the Ministry of Health, in local villages intended to teach families how to improve health and nutrition by establishing healthy environments and building healthy eating habits. The program highlights the importance of proper health and sanitation techniques, including garbage disposal, food storage, handwashing, and separation of living spaces such as the kitchen, bedrooms, restrooms, and livestock spaces.

Vocational Training Center

Healthy Schools Program:

Good health and hygiene practices are promoted in local schools near the mine through the sponsorship of a school nutrition program aimed at promoting the consumption of a balanced diet for optimal growth. The program works with students to improve both nutrition and educational outcomes and includes school gardens to cultivate fresh vegetables. The program also conducts training workshops for parents focused on proper management and storage of food as well as the importance of balanced nutrition.

Canada Economic Impact

Training Local Workforce

Tahoe Canada partnered with Timmins Northern College and the Native Women’s Association to sponsor the national Mining Essentials for Women program, a 12-week entry-level mining course for aboriginal women. Women from Tahoe Canada’s First Nations communities participated in the program, which taught skills necessary for work in mining processing, underground mining and surface mining. Graduates of the program have gone on to work for Tahoe Canada.

Agriculture:

Spawn Transfer: Tahoe Canada provided ongoing financial support to the First Nations Spawn Transfer project, which reported in 2016 that it restored the native lake sturgeon population in the region. This project was the first successful attempt to restore a sturgeon population by transplanting adult sturgeon from one area to another and then allowing them to spawn naturally.

Friends of the Porcupine River: Tahoe Canada, along with other local mining partners, were involved in developing long-term strategies for restoring the Porcupine River Watershed through the creation of multiple spawning beds and cultural trail systems, as well as identifying local historical areas.

Mining Education:

To further education in the fields of geology, mining engineering and mineral processing, Tahoe Canada sponsored for the second year in a row the Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW). This program brings aspiring geoscience students from across Canada to Timmins for a two-week, hands-on learning experience at local mining operations, including the Bell Creek and Timmins West mines. S-IMEW was founded in 2007 as a means for exposing interested students to the mining industry before entering the workforce. The post-secondary earth-science students who apply for this two-week program are the best and brightest from nearly 30 universities across Canada. To date, 167 men and 110 women have participated in the program. In 2017, 26 students were brought to Timmins.

Working with Indigenous Communities

We recognize, respect and seek to understand the rights, cultures, heritage, interests and aspirations of Indigenous Peoples. Respect for the rights of Indigenous People within the spheres of our activity and influence is an integral part of our approach to human rights and relations with all communities where we operate.

Across our operations, we seek the support and agreement of Indigenous communities where our plans and activities potentially affect them. We commit to engaging in respectful, good faith dialogue with Indigenous community leadership and provide transparent information so that potentially affected communities may fully understand potential impacts. We believe that our projects should provide benefits to local communities where we work, so we aim to develop impact management and benefit sharing agreements with interested Indigenous communities in and around our areas.

Supporting Local Sustainable Development

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