Lundin Gold fosters sustainable development in Ecuador through responsible mining practices. In 2019, as the Fruta del Norte mine progressed from construction to operations, Lundin Gold and the Foundation implemented a program to help workers transition to new roles. Through specialized training, education and certification, the program ensures the local community reaps income opportunities from surrounding resource development.
Last year marked the conclusion of the Foundation and Lundin Gold’s joint Training for Operations program, which prepared community members for underground mine and process plant operator positions. Ninety-five percent of graduates, including 16 members of the Shuar indigenous community, successfully obtained long-term employment.
In partnership with indigenous leaders of the Shuar Federation of Zamora Chinchipe, the Foundation and Lundin Gold launched an initiative to promote the Shuar culture while generating employment for indigenous youth.
In 2019, the Shuar Cultural and Interpretation Centre welcomed its first visitors. Since 2016, the Foundation and LundinGold have collaborated on a dynamic local supplier development program. In 2019, the program integrated 387 small businesses as suppliers to Fruta del Norte. Collectively, all the initiatives contributed to $15 million in local economic impact.
Lundin Gold received the 2019 UN Global Compact Canada SDG leadership award for its training and local supplier development programs.
Training for OperationsEcuador
Workforce training program for underground mine and process plant operators
Business development program for local suppliers focused on operations
Technical assistance and financing to improve income for dairy farmers
Enhance market access and income opportunities for coffee and cocoa producers
Shuar Cultural & Interpretation CentreEcuador
Capacity building and promotion of indigenous cultural and eco-tourism intiative
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Our initiatives strive to improve people's lives and protect the planet and are in support of the following UN SDGs: