SOCIAL RESPONSABILITY: GOOD MANNERS IN MINING
Since AYMA Mining Solutions was founded, our way of operating has been based on sustainability and social responsibility, aspects that we have discussed publicly on more than one occasion. Because of the nature of mining, bad mining practices, such as those that occured in the past due to a lack of means or technological advances, can bring problems both for the environment and for communities near the mines. This is why good mining practices are necessary, and they are the reason that starting from 2019, AYMA will begin to offer mining companies a new service that specializes in this necessary field: social responsiblity.
Mining is fundamental for our way of life, and we must be responsible with it.
What exactly are good practices? Good practices mean exercising social responsibility. They are a series of actions that have more to do with a company’s professional ethics and collective concsiousness than with its regulations. Good practices start with the basics, such as saying good morning to your neighbor, eating with your mouth closed or letting someone out of the elevator door before you go in. They are a matter of manners, but on a higher level, and they are voluntary.
A series of actions that seek to contribute to the well-being of society.
What can these actions achieve? What purpose do they serve? These responsible practices aim to achieve the following objectives:
- Control, minimize, and eliminate environmental impact, and look for ways to compensate should those impacts occur.
- Ensure compliance with environmental laws.
- Guarantee adequate use of natural resources.
- Look for and achieve the highest level of cost efficiency possible. In other words, optimize resources.
- Avoid potential problems that could arise in mining operations.
This new service will not only benefit the environment, but it will also allow our company to improve our clients’ corporate image among the general public, communities, and competitors, which is one of the main reasons why it is important for businesses to improve in this aspect.
Just as the expert in sustainable development Jorge Alberto Velásquez says, «good practices make responsible mining development and the sustainability of affected communities possible».