United Nations SDG’s
Launched in 2015, the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) collectively create an agenda to transform the world by overcoming barriers to economic, social and environmental progress by 2030. The 17 SDGs are ambitious and follow a model based on people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.
Goal 1: No Poverty
The economic development generated by our business reduces poverty in remote areas of Latin America. We create thousands of direct and indirect jobs, economic opportunities for remote communities, and pay taxes and royalties to governments that together help elevate the standards of living in regions where we operate. Our CSR programs are designed to help improve the prosperity and well-being of local communities and reduce poverty. We support local hiring and encourage the development of local service and supply businesses.
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Beyond the economic benefits we generate that improve people’s access to food, we support programs to improve ranching and livestock production, grow food in self-built greenhouses, and improve nutrition in communities near our operations.
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
We conduct extensive safety training to ensure all employees and contractors adhere to our Pan American Silver Safety Pledge and Cardinal Rules, and we continue a company-wide initiative to achieve zero fatalities and reduce serious injuries. We support the provision of healthcare to local communities and programs to help families improve nutrition, hygiene and living conditions.
Goal 4: Quality Education
We support schools near our mines through infrastructure improvements, materials and scholarships. We also support local teachers through wage supplementation, which improves continuity of education in remote communities. In all areas where we operate, we support students from primary through tertiary education. We also support literacy programs and training for adults so they can gain business and other practical skills.
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Women are an important and growing part of our workforce. Diversity, including gender equality, is one of our key corporate values and we continue to work towards increasing diversity in our team. Our CSR programs are also gender inclusive and provide education to minority, or underprivileged groups.
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
We aim to conserve and recycle water, support community water and sanitation infrastructure, and are helping to build community-based capacity in this area. We continue to look for opportunities to increase the efficiency of our wastewater treatment systems.
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
We upgraded the power line connection to La Colorada to avoid reliance on diesel-generated power and improved the energy efficiency of our underground ventilation system at San Vicente. These initiatives help reduce operating costs, improve air quality, and reduce GHG emission intensity. Our development of electrical infrastructure associated with our operations has provided access to affordable power for many remote communities.
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Our operating mines create thousands of meaningful direct and indirect jobs, and economic growth opportunities for remote communities. Many of our CSR programs are designed to extend sustainable economic development initiatives into non-mining sectors.
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
We support and utilize innovation and infrastructure to make our mines safer, more productive and cost-efficient. The mine expansions we completed at La Colorada and Dolores utilize innovation and technology to increase production and improve efficiency.
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
We support local hiring and procurement regardless of race, gender, culture, socio-economic background, religious beliefs and sexual orientation. We abide by the laws established around human rights in the countries where we operate, and work with local partners to target community investments to marginalized populations.
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Our community investment supports social development, local infrastructure and services, and local hiring and procurement. Our programs emphasize health and education for women and children, and sustainable economic development. Our objective is to encourage local capacity-building and the development of economic activities to ensure that communities are sustainable after mining ends.
Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
We have recycling, water management, and waste management programs in place at all of our mines to minimize resource use and waste generation. We aim to reduce the amount of waste produced through recycling and reuse and educate nearby communities in responsible consumption and waste management.
Goal 13: Climate Action
We are a member of the World Economic Forum’s Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders. We continually search out energy efficiency opportunities at our operations to reduce costs and GHG emissions.
Goal 14: Life Below Water
We monitor water use and quality during all stages of the mine cycle to identify water-related risks and ensure that our water usage does not compromise other users and ecosystem needs.
Goal 15: Life on Land
We conduct environmental impact assessments including baseline studies for each mine, so we can minimize and mitigate the impacts of mining and protect ecosystems and biodiversity. We have adopted progressive closure plans for all our mines so lands will be restored, and we are currently in the closure and reclamation phase of the Alamo Dorado mine.
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
We engage and work with governments and NGOs to align our social projects to the realities of the areas where we operate in order to prevent conflict and promote the rule of law. We operate within the guidelines of our Global Anti-Corruption Policy and the Global Code of Ethical Conduct, and we work with suppliers to ensure they work ethically and comply with our high standards.
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
We work with governments, civil society and community partners to share resources and align our sustainability strategy and CSR programs with the UN SDGs. We engage with UNICEF and Engineers without Borders in developing guidelines for our operations. We are implementing the TSM program through our membership in the MAC.
We believe our industry has great potential to drive future progress on the SDGs, as mines are often situated in remote and under-developed regions where achievement of the SDGs can have large and lasting impacts. Pan American Silver is committed to the principles of sustainable development and the values essential to advancing the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. By conducting our activities in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and contributing to the prosperity of the communities and nations where we operate, we are helping to bring positive change through each of the 17 SDGs. Our programs in support of the SDGs are described throughout the report.
Click on each SDG to learn more about how Pan American is contributing.