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 the hygiene and sanitation conditions of the surrounding communities where we operate. The Moa Nickel Site has been recognized multiple times by the local government 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 2020 included cleaning, water and sanitation services, community infrastructure maintenance, and agricultural harvesting support, among others. Additionally, Moa Nickel employees donate blood on a regular basis. In 2020, the Moa Nickel Site recorded over 4,000 hours of employee volunteer time during work hours and over 5,000 hours of volunteer time during off hours. The number of volunteer hours decreased during 2020 due to various restrictions and safety measures taken due to COVID-19.
Over the years, the volunteering program at the Moa Nickel Site has supported the surrounding communities through mosquito reduction initiatives, the promotion of community culture, improvements to communal facilities and roads, and the planting and harvesting of vegetables for the population, among other benefits.