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 Small Business Opportunities for Women

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In 2018, we added our support to a Vale Foundation program that provides support for 22 small women-run businesses in eleven communities along the Carajás Railway. The Carajás Railway carries the Salobo mine’s copper concentrate from Vale's rail terminal in Parauapebas to the Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal. These businesses had been hard hit by changes in the Carajás Railway’s operations: new closed-window passenger trains made it impossible for the women to sell food and drinks through open windows. To help the women, the Vale Foundation initiated the Income Generation Support Program (AGIR in Portuguese), to promote the development of collective businesses with vendors who used to work along the railway. The program created a network of women-run microbusinesses, with a logo and a name: “Women of Maranhão.” The women's products are presented under the brand, which is associated with the high quality of the Vale Foundation, making them more attractive and recognizable to consumers.

Wheaton’s support has been directed towards increasing market access and commercialization of the produced goods and integrating the supply and production chains of the network’s businesses. The business owners have received training on accounting practices, developing operational efficiencies and how to use social media for marketing. In addition, there is a strong focus on expanding social inclusion and empowering women through improved literacy and overall business knowledge.

Providing Access to Community Programs

In partnership with the Vale Foundation, Wheaton has been actively supporting the communities of Tucumã and Marabá in the Pará State of Brazil. We provide funding for Knowledge Centers sponsored by the Vale Foundation. These centers 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 offers health-focused, educational, recreational, and cultural activities for all ages.

Our contributions to the centers have been directed towards the health programs and structural improvements to the facilities. As a result of our funding, spaces have been remodelled into dental and medical offices, critical medical and dental equipment and furniture had been purchased, as well as medicine and supplies. Healthcare professionals were recruited to provide dental and medical services to the local community. Our contributions funded structural improvements, that included the installation of lightning deterrent safety systems at both centers (lightning is a danger in the region), and repairs to the aging electrical and sewage systems.

In 2017-2018, we helped fund the construction of a covered sports court at the Knowledge Center in Marabá. The all-weather facility is expected to be used by 1,000 participants every week. The Knowledge Centers are an important resource to residents of Tucumã and Marabá. 2,500 children, youth, and adults have benefited from regular activities offered at the centers. The dental and medical programs that we fund benefits 100 to 160 individuals every month. We continue to work closely with the Vale Foundation on new opportunities that will positively impact the local communities.

Improving Regional Healthcare

For our first initiative with the Vale Foundation, we funded a program to improve the quality of service at the Basic Health Unit in the town of Parauapebas, near the Salobo mine. Basic Health Units are government run “walk-in” medical clinics for residents of the surrounding communities. We funded the completion of a baseline study to understand the types of health-related issues that are prevalent in the communities.

To address the key issues identified in the baseline study, the project also provided training for health care professionals at the Basic Health Unit. In addition, local communities were educated on health-related issues, prevention, and appropriate treatment. The program strengthened the relationship between the community and the Basic Health Unit. A permanent health education centre was established to enable ongoing training and educational sessions to take place. Also, training was provided to community members to promote healthier practices in general. The project was completed in September 2017.

Glencore

Enhancing Regional Education

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In 2017, in collaboration with Glencore, we initiated a new program with Compañía Minera Antamina S.A. (CMA), which helps improve the level of education in the region near the Antamina mine. Studies conducted in the area indicated lowerthan-average levels of basic reading and math skills. To improve the academic performance and interpersonal skills of students in the rural area, CMA, with Wheaton’s support, commenced a unique program in partnership with Enseña Peru, a non-profit organization that is part of the Teach for All global network dedicated to ensuring all children can fulfill their potential.

The program selects, trains and places recent university graduates in rural schools as Enseña Peru professionals (PEPs) for a two-year period. These young PEPs supplement the existing schoolteachers and bring new perspectives to teaching. 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. The students in these schools receive greater attention with more resources, and are more likely to improve their academic performance than they would 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. The program is closely monitored to ensure that the desired results are achieved and that the community is benefitting from the program. Since the program began, initial results show significant improvement in reading, math and interpersonal skills. In addition, students have undertaken several social initiatives with supervision from PEPs including a mobile library, micro businesses in arts and crafts and violence prevention education.

Providing Social Development Opportunities

In August 2016, we began working with Glencore’s Peruvian subsidiary, the operators of the Yauliyacu mine, to establish a table tennis program for youth in the community of San Mateo de Huanchor. Through the joint program, table tennis equipment (tables, rackets, nets and balls) was purchased, and three rooms were remodelled to house the sport. Three coaches were hired to run after-school table tennis training sessions. This program provides an opportunity for youth to participate in organized extracurricular activity after school while developing a new skill set.

Hudbay

Growing Economic Opportunities

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In 2018, we began a joint program with Hudbay in the Chumbivilcas province in Cusco-Peru, near the Constancia mine. Over half the area’s population raises livestock for their primary source of income. In 2016, the Cullahuata Dairy Plant was commissioned in the district of Velille with significant 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 increase local dairy production and create further income-generating opportunities for the local communities, Wheaton partnered with Hudbay on various elements of a dairy improvement program.

Over 450 families living in the four nearby communities are now benefiting from training on best practices related to feeding, reproduction, livestock health management, and milking practices. The program also facilitates the construction of barns and sheds to house the cattle. The program also aims to increase the percentage of product that receives quality certification, and to help with marketing. A better-quality product and better marketing strategies will increase the amount of income generated by the families.

Newmont Goldcorp

Funding Career Training

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In the community of Mazapil, in the State of Zacatecas, Mexico near the Peñasquito mine, the College of Vocational and Technical Education (CONALEP) provides hands-on career training for local students. Wheaton, in partnership with Newmont-Goldcorp (formerly Goldcorp), funded improvements to campus facilities, including purchasing much-needed equipment for students and teachers, such as safety gear, learning equipment and materials. The funds were also used to renovate CONALEP’s campus facilities and install solar panels 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. Approximately 200 students have graduated from CONALEP in Mazapil since the inception of the program. Approximately 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 Peñasquito 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.

First Majestic (formerly Primero)

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One of Wheaton’s inaugural Partner CSR programs was in a town of Tayoltita near the San Dimas mine. The project provided funding for the construction of three community recreational facilities. The town of approximately 8,000 is home to most of the San Dimas employees. Completed in 2015, this project provides much needed recreational opportunities that promote health and well being while encouraging positive interactions within the community. For the first time, the town has playgrounds, outdoor fitness facilities for adults, softball and soccer fields, and a multipurpose court for basketball and volleyball.