We recognize how important protecting the environment is to all our stakeholders and doing so is one of our key corporate values; Health, Safety, and Environment are embedded in our Code of Ethics. We comply with all host country environmental laws and regulations and we make every effort to comply with international good environmental practices. We are committed to returning all sites back to a high environmental standard at the end of the project cycle.
The Board is supported by a Social, Environmental, Health and Safety Committee that reviews site performance on a quarterly basis to provide oversight. The committee’s mandate includes both past performance as well as proposed implementation plans to allow for ongoing improvements.
BMSC submits quarterly Environmental and Social reports to the Eritrean Ministry of Land, Water and the Environment and the Ministry of Energy and Mines in compliance with local regulatory requirements the 4th quarter report is combined into an annual report. The Eritrean Impact Review Committee verifies the report accuracy in a site visit, which includes representatives from key ministries.
2014 presented operational challenges and unfortunately, we did not achieve all of our desired objectives as a result of staff turnover, capacity constraints and changing budgetary priorities at the mine site. We believe, however, that the new leadership of the Environmental and Social department and the dedicated support staff will make noticeable improvements in 2015 and beyond.