We were very pleased to have won the Syncrude Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development for our sustainability work at the Ambatovy Joint Venture in Madagascar in 2015. The award, issued by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), acknowledges companies or individuals who are “active seekers of sustainability solutions”.
Sherritt was recognized for successfully implementing a range of sustainable mining solutions at Ambatovy, including a biodiversity management program that targets “no net loss”; a “buy locally, hire locally” policy that is supported by several leading-edge initiatives; agricultural skills training for more than 18,000 people from local communities; developmental partnerships with international organizations, such as the World Bank, UNICEF and the Red Cross; and innovative archeological and retrenchment programs.
“Winning this award is an important achievement, as sustainable mining is core to our business,” said Sherritt’s President and Chief Executive Officer, David Pathe. “It is a proxy for good management and something that all our stakeholders have come to expect. We are very proud of the work in Madagascar, and I congratulate the entire team at Ambatovy that works tirelessly to ensure we are creating lasting benefits wherever we operate.”