At the Moa Nickel Site, a volunteering program in support of community development and advancement has been in place since we began operating in Cuba over 20 years ago. The focus of the volunteering program is to improve hygienic and sanitary conditions of the surrounding communities where we operate. The Moa Nickel Site has been recognized multiple times for the support provided in the surrounding communities.
The Moa Nickel Site has an agreement with the municipal government to manage donations and worker volunteer efforts. Workers at the Moa Nickel Site have participated in various activities to support the surrounding communities. Some of the activities held during 2019 include cleaning, water and sanitation services, campaigns in surrounding communities to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito (a common disease-spreading mosquito), housing fumigation, community water infrastructure maintenance, and agricultural harvesting support, among others. Additionally, Moa Nickel employees donate blood on a regular basis. In 2019, the Moa Nickel Site recorded over 8,000 hours of employee volunteer time during work hours and over 6,000 hours of volunteer time during off hours.
The volunteering program at the Moa Nickel Site has supported the surrounding communities through the reduction of mosquito outbreaks, the promotion of community culture, improvements to communal facilities and roads, the planting and harvesting of vegetables for the population, among other benefits.