Aurizona Wins Award for Excellence in Mining
In March 2018 the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Mineração Aurizona (“MASA”), was awarded the Award for Excellence in the Mining and Metallurgy Industry by the Brazilian magazine Minérios & Minerals in recognition of MASA’s “Young Environmental Agents Project”. This is the magazine’s 20th annual Award for Excellence in the Mining and Metallurgy Industry. Previous recipients have included companies such as AngloGold Ashanti, ArcelorMittal, Vale, Imerys and Alcoa.
The Young Environmental Agents Project was created in 2015 to strengthen the relationship between MASA and local communities through an environmental approach. The main objective is to educate young people by hosting workshops focused on how minerals are used in our daily lives and the social, environmental and economic impacts and opportunities associated with mining. In 2017 MASA participated in more than 150 hours of workshops and hosted Aurizona mine tours, actively engaging with more than 50 teachers and 40 students from three nearby communities.
Equinox Gold is honoured to receive this award and proud of the work the Aurizona team is doing in local communities. The Young Environmental Agents Project is just one of the Company’s ongoing community and stakeholder interaction programs. Throughout the year the Aurizona team works with community leaders and Brazilian organizations to implement a wide range of programs focused on infrastructure improvement, education, skills training, agricultural development and social programs.
Students on Aurizona Mine site tour