SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The gold mining sector recognized the significance of the pandemic and responded quickly in order to ensure the health and safety of its employees as well as the communities in which they operate, said the latest report published by the World Gold Council (WGC).
For instance, Newmont Corporation established a US$20 million fund to help host communities, governments and employees recover from the pandemic impacts. The company also developed a global COVID-19 management plan, aimed at minimizing the impact of the pandemic on their workforce, operations and host communities across the world. Furthermore, it hosted vaccination clinics for personnel at its various sites.
Hummingbird Resources in Mali provided financial contributions to the government and local communities. In addition to administering over 3,000 PCR tests, it also provided for isolation facility and supplies of face masks and soaps.
Yaman’s Jacobina Mine in Brazil partnered with local businesses to produce face masks. It also donated large numbers of PPE, testing kits, medical supplies and hospital beds. Barrick Gold too offered more than $30 million in support to its host communities in 13 countries, mainly in the form of medical supplies and equipment. It also developed innovative community support funds in Nevada, USA, the DRC and Latin America.
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