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Message from the Chairman of Our Sustainability Committee //

Q&A with Ken Pickering

Q: Was there a top theme for the Board last year in terms of sustainability?

Safety is always an absolute priority for us – regardless of the year. I feel Endeavour achieved solid safety results in 2018. We’ve made relentless safety diligence a call to action at all levels of the Company, with particular attention by management, and especially front-line supervision, on conveying the value of safety through visible and vocal leadership. However, more work is needed to realize consistent safety performance across our mines, and we’ve set challenging targets for continuous improvement.

Q: What was a 2018 highlight for you?

There are many but I have to say it’s the safety milestone achieved by Guanaceví. They reached 1 million hours without a lost time injury last year. That’s a remarkable feat, and it should be celebrated because they work extremely hard to ensure safety. They’ve made it a source of pride and camaraderie. In my view, Guanaceví is a poster child for what other mines can do to step up and improve safety performance.

Q: Tailings ponds are an issue of global concern. How is Endeavour responding?

The recent collapse of a tailings dam in Brumadinho, Brazil is a major tragedy. For the global mining industry, it’s a poignant reminder of the utmost importance of having stringent systems and controls in place for tailings facilities. It’s a human safety issue, an environmental issue and a community issue. Endeavour takes a zero-failure approach to ensure our tailings facilities store mining waste securely and responsibly. We exercise extreme due care in the operation and constant monitoring of our facilities, and we have top external engineers inspect the facilities regularly.


Sustainability and corporate social integrity lie at the heart of Endeavour, embodied in our mission of finding, building and operating quality silver-gold mines in a responsible way to create long-term value for stakeholders.