We employ approximately 2,200 employees and contractors at our operations in Russia (of whom 98% are from Russia), purchased goods and services from about 50 local suppliers generating $90.0 million in local procurement within Chukotka, and contributed about $105.5 million in taxes, royalties and payments to governments within Chukotka. Our community investment strategy has reached over 20,000 beneficiaries in 2012 and 2013.
Kinross has a strong record of social investment in the communities at Kupol and Dvoinoye. In the Chukotka region, where our mines are located, we support capacity development through our Kupol Foundation, with a focus on education, health and small business. In Magadan, home to more than 80% of our employees, and in Moscow, our activities focus on education and youth.
Outside of the Foundation structure, our Kupol mine contributed to the community in other areas in 2012 and 2013:
- Provided geology students from Anadyr College with internships at our Kupol site in 2012-13. Four students are now permanently employed at Kupol and Dvoinoye. In addition, each year we provide internships for up to ten students from the Anadyr branch of Yakutsk Federal University at our mine sites and regional offices.
- Initiated a Career Orientation program in the Magadan region, including visits to schools by mining professionals to talk about the mining industry. English specialists were also provided to help children improve their English skills. Following from this program, the Department of Education has asked Kinross to conduct regular meetings with the parents of schoolchildren to provide an overview of the mining labour market and guidance on universities and colleges offering education in mining-related fields.
- Contributed over $130,000 to equip public sports facilities with a variety of exercise equipment and safety surfaces at three municipal schools under a Social Partnership Agreement with the Magadan City Administration.
- Participated in the twentieth inter-school scientific conferences, visiting 13 areas and nominating best reports for awards. In three years of sponsorship, over 30 students have been nominated.
- Responding to an urgent appeal of the Ministry for Far East Development of Russia, we contributed to helping victims of the unprecedented flooding that broke out in Far Eastern regions of Russia in October. Although the Chukotka region where Kinross operates was not affected by the flooding, we donated $150,000 to relief efforts in the regions that were hit hardest.
- Continued our sponsorship support of several previously reported initiatives, including the Annual Moscow State University Geological Competition, Tretyak Youth Hockey Tournament run by the Vladislav Tretyak Sports Academy, Charitable Christmas Bazaar featuring handcrafting arts from Chukotka and benefiting the orphanage in Anadyr, and the Annual Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) Charity Auction.
Over the past four years, Kinross has sponsored the All-Russia Schools Academic Contest held in Magadan. The ceremony is attended by leading officials in the area, including, the Mayor of Magadan, the Head of the Department of Education, school principals and teachers. The awards were presented by Kinross’ Regional Vice-President, Russia Warwick Morley-Jepson.