Partner CSR Program

The Partner CSR Program provides financial support for our mining partners’ economic, environmental and social initiatives within the communities that are directly influenced by the mines. The program is designed to increase the impact of our partners’ initiatives by either matching their funds for specific projects or in some instances, providing funding for new projects that are in addition to existing initiatives. Our partners manage the projects at the ground level and routinely provide us with progress updates and milestones achieved. Our team also meets with local stakeholders and visits the projects during their annual mine site visits.

We launched the program in 2014 by supporting projects led by two of our mining partners, Primero Mining and Barrick Gold, and have since supported ten projects with seven different partners. Our team works closely with our partners to identify the needs of the community and assess where specific programs could help fill in gaps in services, infrastructure, or resources. Currently, the Partner CSR program is focused on regions in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Argentina. These areas were identified as demonstrating the greatest need through consultations with our partners’ operations and CSR teams.

quotes Thank you Wheaton Precious Metals International for your commitment to sustainable development and contribution to the improvement of the quality of life of the communities in the Pará state, Brazil, since 2015.
– Isis Pagy, Vale Foundation CEO

The positive results of the programs have proved that when we work together, resource development has the ability to provide long-term, sustainable benefits to the communities where these mining operations are located.

Working with Partners & Communities

Vale

Improving Regional Healthcare

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Our first initiative with the Vale Foundation focused on improving the operations of a Basic Health Unit in the town of Parauapebas, near the Salobo mine. Basic Health Units are government run “walk-in clinics” that enable residents of the surrounding community to seek medical attention. The project funded by Wheaton involved the completion of a baseline study to understand the types of health related issues that are prevalent in the communities.

The project provides relevant training to health care professionals working at the Basic Health Unit to address the key issues identified in the baseline study. Through the program, the local communities are educated on health related issues, prevention, and appropriate treatment. The program also seeks to strengthen the relationship between the community and the Basic Health Unit. A permanent health education centre has been established to enable ongoing training and educational sessions to take place. Training is also provided to community members to promote general healthy practices.

Access to Community Programs

Wheaton has been actively supporting the communities of Tucumã and Marabá in the Pará State of Brazil by providing funding to Knowledge Centers sponsored by the Vale Foundation. These centres provide various opportunities for social development to those living nearby in difficult or economically vulnerable situations. Each centre has been designed considering the needs of the community and offer health-focused, educational, recreational, and cultural activities for all ages.

Our contributions to the centres have been directed towards the health programs and structural improvements to the facilities. Funding provided to the health programs facilitated the remodeling of spaces into dental and medical offices, purchasing of critical medical equipment, dental equipment and furniture, as well as medicine and supplies. In addition, healthcare professionals were recruited to provide dental and medical services to the local community. Given the prevalence of lightning strikes in the region, structural improvements included the implementation of lightning deterrent safety systems at both centres. Repairs were also made to the aging electrical and sewage systems.

The Knowledge Centers are an important resource to those living in Tucumã and Marabá. Between both communities, 2,500 children, youth, and adults have benefited from regular activities offered at the centres. The dental and medical programs funded by Wheaton Precious Metals benefit between 100 and 160 individuals on a monthly basis. We continue to work closely with the Vale Foundation on new opportunities to provide further support that will positively impact the local communities.

Glencore

Improving Regional Education

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In 2017, we initiated a new program with Compañía Minera Antamina S.A. (“CMA”), driven by our relationship with Glencore, to help improve the level of education in the region of the Antamina mine. Studies conducted in the area indicated lower levels of basic reading and math skills compared to the national average. To improve the academic performance and interpersonal skills of the students in the rural area, CMA with support from Wheaton, commenced a unique program in partnership with Enseña Peru, a nonprofit organization that is part of the Teach for All global network dedicated to ensuring all children are able to fulfill their potential.

The program selects, trains, and places recent university graduates that are highly talented and enthusiastic in rural schools as Enseña Peru professionals (PEPs) for a two year period. The PEPs supplement the existing school teachers and add a new perspective to the teaching methods utilized in the school system. PEPs also engage with students in extracurricular activities and assist them with the development of interpersonal skills. The regular teachers at the schools selected for the program also receive a special version of training and resources as the PEPs. In the Ancash region, 31 schools out of 200 have been selected to participate in the program and 48 PEPs have been placed in those schools. Through the availability of greater resources, the students are more likely to succeed in achieving higher academic performance than without the program in place. The Enseña Peru program has had a high rate of success by focusing on a few regions for a prolonged period of time. The program is closely monitored to ensure that the desired results are achieved and that the community is benefitting from the implementation of the program.

Social Development

In August 2016, we began working with Glencore to establish a table tennis program for youth in the community of San Mateo de Huanchor in Peru. As part of the joint program, table tennis equipment and supplies were purchased. Additionally, three coaches were hired to carry out after school table tennis training sessions. This program provided an opportunity for youth to participate in organized extracurricular activity after school while developing new skill set.

Hudbay

Enhancing Economic Opportunities

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In 2017, we commenced a joint program with Hudbay in the Chumbivilcas province in Cusco-Peru near the Constancia mine. Over half of the population in this area relies on raising livestock as their primary source of income. In 2016, the Cullahuata Dairy Plant was commissioned in the district of Velille with support from Hudbay and the Peruvian Government.

Upon completion, the plant was being utilized at 25% of its capacity and had significant potential to expand the amount of dairy processed. To take advantage of the dairy facility’s processing capacity, a new program was proposed to help increase the amount of dairy processed to create further income generating opportunities for the local communities. Wheaton Precious Metals partnered with Hudbay to help fund various elements of the dairy improvement program in the region.

As part of the program, over 450 families living in the four communities near the mine will benefit from training on best practices related to feeding, reproduction, livestock health management, and milking practices to aid in increasing the production capabilities. The program also facilitates the construction of barns and sheds as well as purchasing of milking machines. All of the mentioned elements aim to improve the quality of the dairy products produced. As a result of improved production, the program also aims to increase the percentage of product that receives quality certification as well as assist with the marketing efforts. A better quality product and better marketing strategies will increase the amount of income generated by the families.

Goldcorp

Career Training

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Wheaton’s partnership with the College of Vocational and Technical Education (CONALEP) in the community of Mazapil in the State of Zacatecas, Mexico near Goldcorp’s Peñasquito mine provided funding to improve the campus facilities and purchase much needed equipment for students and teachers to enable hands-on career training. As part of the program, safety gear, learning equipment and materials were purchased to ensure students gained the best hands on training and experience possible. The funds were also used to renovate CONALEP’s campus facilities and install solar panels to enable for greater self-sufficiency.

At the Peñasquito mine, 73% of the employees are from Zacatecas state municipalities. CONALEP is an upper secondary educational institution that is part of the National System of Technological Education and provides training for middle level technicians with the opportunity to continue onto higher education.

On average, 217 students attend CONALEP in Mazapil on an annual basis. Around 200 students have graduated from CONALEP in Mazapil since the inception of the program. Around 60 graduates have been hired by the Peñasquito mine and the mine’s contractors. Many students decide to pursue further post-secondary level education upon graduating from CONALEP. This means a significant social impact on a mainly agricultural region that has few career prospects outside of the employment related to the Penasquito mine. The project was successfully completed in May of 2017.

Barrick

Water Conservation

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Wheaton Precious Metals supported a key Barrick initiative to improve agricultural water efficiency in the communities of Jachal and Iglesia of San Juan Province, Argentina, located near the Veladero mine and the Pascua-Lama project. The goal of this project was to enhance water conservation and agricultural outputs by conserving and optimizing water resources through the implementation of drip irrigation technology. The program participants were also trained on best practices for growing crops and water conservation techniques as well as using fertilizers and utilizing the infrastructure of the drip irrigation technology to apply these fertilizers to the respective crops.

The project was completed in 2015. With the irrigation systems in place, the local community benefits from improved water management allowing for significant increases in the harvest yields per hectare of land. On average, the irrigation program allowed water conservation of up to 65% as compared to traditional irrigation methods. Upon the successful completion of these programs, Wheaton and Barrick decided to extend this program to additional farming enterprises within the Jachal and Iglesia communities during the 2016 and 2017 periods.

Primero

Social Development

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One of Wheaton Precious Metals’ inaugural Partner CSR programs was with Primero in Tayoltita, a town where the San Dimas mine is located. The project entailed providing funding to build three community recreational facilities. The town of approximately 8,000 people is home to most of the San Dimas employees. For the first time in Tayoltita, there are playgrounds, outdoor fitness facilities for adults, softball and soccer fields, and a multipurpose court for basketball and volleyball. Completed in 2015, this project provides much-needed recreational opportunities that promote health and wellbeing while encouraging positive interactions within the community.