Endeavour Mining highlights ESG achievements in 2021 sustainability report

Endeavour Mining has published its 2021 sustainability report in accordance with a number of international frameworks including GRI, SASB, TCFD and UN Global Compact.

The West African gold producer said that it was a strong year for ESG performance, as indicated by a number of measurable benefits to the company’s host countries.

Perhaps most significantly, Endeavour’s total economic contribution to host countries doubled over the prior year to US$2 billion. Furthermore, 80% of Endeavour’s total procurement was spent in-country, supporting 1,700 national and local businesses.

The group added that 95% of its workforce and nearly 50% of senior operational management figures are nationals. In the area of gender diversity, there was a 33% increase in the number of women in technical roles and further female appointments at vice president level.

In 2021, Endeavour joined the UN Global Compact and the Women’s Empowerment Principles to reinforce its commitment to the UN’s SDGs, as well as the Single Mine Origin initiative, which aims to create fully traceable gold.

The Endeavour Foundation was also launched in June 2021. It resembles the company’s primary vehicle for sustainability projects, with its first project, providing educational bursaries to talented students, completed in Q4.

In environment, Endeavour set a long-term net zero emissions aim by 2050 and a medium-term target of reducing emissions by 30% by 2030.

“2021 was a transformational year for Endeavour as we became West Africa’s leading gold producer,” CEO Sebastien de Montessus said. “Our continued growth has allowed us to leverage our scale to build an ambitious and impactful ESG strategy, centred on our purpose; to produce gold that provides lasting value to society.”