Community Relations and Stakeholder Engagement
Tinka is a responsible and committed mineral exploration company that recognizes the importance of stakeholder engagement and in particular maintaining strong relationships with all of its stakeholders including its local communities. The Company invests in the business of exploration and mining development on behalf of its shareholders, and strives to operate with honesty and trustworthy business practices as reflected in our governance policies (available elsewhere on our website). We are an equal opportunity employer with strong gender balance in all areas of our business. Mining is an inherently risky business and as managers of our business for and behalf of our shareholders, we diligently aim to balance the financial, social, environmental and safety risks associated with all our exploration and development activities.
There are three rural communities in the area of Tinka's Ayawilca-Colquipucro-Mina Punta Project (more commonly known as the “Ayawilca Project”). These are San Pedro de Pillao, San Juan de Yanacocha and Huarautambo. All are small rural communities consisting of several hamlets with total populations of between 500 and 1,500 people. The centres for each of these communities are located several kilometres from the Ayawilca Project.
Tinka currently employs a team of six full time community relations personnel dedicated exclusively to ensuring local communities are well informed of the Company’s activities and to provide a two-way communication platform between Tinka and residents of the communities. Social investment programs are agreed to between the Company and each of the communities over cycles of 3 or 4 years. Our social programs aim to support and contribute to the communities in which we do business, primarily in our field operations at the Ayawilca Project and surrounding area. The main benefit to the communities comes through the funding by Tinka of a number of investment initiatives which include but are not limited to: health and safety, employment, child and female health, infrastructure projects, training and educational programs designed to create and improve knowledge and skills. The purpose of the social investment programs is to create economic output with a degree of sustainability for our communities in the area of the Ayawilca Project.
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Environmental and Health Practices
Tinka is fully committed to identifying, evaluating and controlling the environmental impacts of its exploration activities. The Company has implemented sustainable business practices and promotes community environmental monitoring. It has implemented preventive and quick response measures that ensure conservation of the environment during the current exploration phase.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major negative impact on public health in Peru, impacting the large cities as well as the Andean regions. Mining is very important to the Peruvian economy, and most mining projects (including advanced exploration projects such as Ayawilca) have been permitted to operate during the pandemic under strict health protocols. Tinka has implemented its own health and safety protocol to minimise the risks of COVID-19 to its employees and to the communities close by. Some of the measures Tinka has implemented as part its COVID-19 health protocol include:
- • Regular testing for COVID-19 of employees and community workers;
- • Testing and isolating employees prior to travel to the camp, to ensure workers are free of COVID-19 prior to arrival at site;
- • Use of personal safety equipment including masks and visors, and systematic temperature checks of employees and community workers;
- • Availability of oxygen supplies at Ayawilca camp site;
- • Social distancing and limiting of group gatherings;
- • Availability of hand cleansers;
- • Availability of a doctor at the Ayawilca camp 24/7, with the ability to carry out COVID-19 testing and prescribe basic medicines;
- • Availability of an ambulance at camp, to mobilize personnel in case of a medical emergency.
View social programs by Tinka here.