-- Received Certificate of Social Responsibility for El Cubo from the federal government in Mexico-- Created many job opportunities in 2012 and employed 1900 people in Mexico at year end-- Sponsored many local cultural events and festivals, including time, materials, resources, food, flowers, gifts, and a Christmas feast for 2000 people at Guanajuato-- Sponsored summer camps for children and transportation to museums and cultural events-- Sponsored food programs for children in need-- Sponsored several sports teams and tournaments including clothing, equipment, fields, transportation, food and accommodations-- Sponsored theatre, dance, song and art groups-- Funded several community infrastructure improvement projects including labour and materials to build school rooms, repair church, school and community facilities and repair and maintain roads
-- Provided financial support for the following charitable causes:-- "Mining for Miracles Campaign" to help build a new BC Children's Hospital-- "Canucks for Kids Fund" to support children with medical needs-- "Canuck Place Children's Hospice" to care for children with life threatening illnesses-- "Special Olympics of British Columbia" to support people with disabilities-- "Covenant House of Vancouver" to support homeless people-- "Big Sisters of Vancouver" to support girls with single parents-- "The Passion Project" to support personal growth and community building-- "The Nature Trust of BC" to support conservation of different eco- systems
Sustainability Outlook 2013
The recent appointment of David Tingey as the Company's new Vice President of Health, Safety and Sustainability is a reflection of Endeavour's commitment to sustainable practices and its goal to create benefits of lasting value for all stakeholders. The Company is in the process of updating its Sustainability page on the website to provide more detail on its sustainability programs going forward.
Endeavour's Board of Directors is also forming a new Sustainability Committee and management has commissioned its first annual sustainability report, to be published prior to the Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders in 2013. The Company's sustainability plans and goals will be refined upon receipt of the sustainability report but for 2013, Endeavour's plans include:
-- Safety - Continue reducing the lost time accident frequency rate-- Health - Help identify sources of permanent drinking water for the town of El Cubo-- Environment - Extend Bolanitos tailings tunnel to keep rain water separate from recycled water-- Education - Sponsor more scholarships for needy students wanting to further their education-- Community - Commence at El Cubo the many community programs Endeavour supports elsewhere-- Charities - Form a charitable foundation in Mexico to expand our financial support for charities
Bradford Cooke, CEO and Director, commented, "Endeavour has proactively developed and implemented socially responsible policies and practices for all of its sustainability activities since we arrived in Mexico in 2003. This year, we plan to take another step forward in the expansion and refinement of our sustainability policies and practices, for the lasting benefit of all our stakeholders."
To view more information about our Community Social Responsibility efforts please visit our website: http://www.edrsilver.com/s/socialresponsibility.asp?ReportID=471271.
ENDEAVOUR SILVER CORP.
Bradford Cooke, Chief Executive Officer
About Endeavour Silver Corp. - Endeavour Silver is a premier mid-tier silver mining company focused on the growth of its silver production, reserves and resources in Mexico. Since start-up in 2004, Endeavour has posted eight consecutive years of growing silver production, reserves and resources. The organic expansion programs now underway at Endeavour's three operating silver mines in Mexico combined with its strategic acquisition and exploration programs should facilitate Endeavour's goal to become the next premier senior silver mining company.
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