Supporting local initiatives
Equinox Gold’s objective is to leave a legacy of improved infrastructure, skills development, and healthier communities. Equinox Gold meets regularly with local leaders and community interest groups to discuss local issues, seek common solutions and implement cooperative strategies that improve the quality of life for community members.
For example, at its Aurizona Mine in Brazil, Equinox Gold has partnered with both local and federal groups to support a number of initiatives that have improved the quality of life for local communities. Equinox Gold assisted with the installation of a potable water treatment plant in Aurizona Village and offers access to the company’s urgent care and emergency clinic. Equinox Gold supports local cultural events and sports programs for children and teenagers, and supports campaigns for gender equality and the prevention of domestic violence, substance abuse and common illnesses.
Most recently at Aurizona, Equinox Gold has invested and participated in the Integrated and Sustainable Agroecological Production program, which promotes entrepreneurship and training in new agricultural and fishery opportunities to provide income and revenue alternatives for artisanal miners. The Company also recently completed construction of a new school at a neighbouring community.
The Company’s Partnership Program at its Fazenda and Pilar mines in Brazil supports local associations by supporting community development projects. More than half of the projects supported so far are employment and income generation projects, contributing to the diversification of local economies and development of productive activities other than mining.
Equinox Gold is commited to community wellbeing and supports health campaigns, sports programs and cultural events. At its Los Filos Mine in Mexico, Equinox Gold has contributed to community health infrastructure and supported health care services. Also at Los Filos, education is promoted through scholarships for basic and university schooling.