Mining Industry Plays Big Role in COVID Relief
Since its beginnings in 1990, Cyanco has been a proud member of this industry, and has always strived to be a good neighbor in support of our local communities. This has never been truer than today, as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic together.
The mining industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been powerful and unified. Since first quarter 2020, mines and their suppliers have been driven by two key priorities. The first is protecting the health and safety of employees and local communities.
Secondly, the industry is focused on supporting longer-term economic recovery, which includes building more resilient systems and supply chains, and providing direct aid to small businesses within our communities.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
As part of the broader industry, Cyanco took early precautions to prevent the spread of the disease by quickly adopting new health and safety protocols and alternative work models.
Throughout our industry network, Cyanco shared and received information on best practices to protect employees and communities through the implementation of enhanced health monitoring and testing, increased cleaning and sanitation, work from home policies and social distancing, new PPE protocols, screening for site visitors and more.
As the industry worked to address immediate health and safety concerns, many mines and suppliers also participated in COVID-relief efforts, including the purchase of PPE, and support of food banks and healthcare causes in the communities that need it most.
In that same spirit, Cyanco embraced opportunities throughout the year to help in its hub locations, with activities such as:
- Donation of emergency funds to local hospitals
- Delivery of thousands of fresh meals to first responders and healthcare workers
- Donation of Chromebooks and laptops for remote learners in at-need communities
- Meal deliveries to at-risk homes, replacing school lunches
- Supporting local testing initiatives to prevent the spread of the virus
We will continue relief efforts into the holidays by donating to local food banks in our hub locations.
ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND SUSTAINABILITY
In parallel, the industry has moved to fortify operations for a more disruptive reality. Mines and suppliers worked fast to build additional rigor and redundancy into their supply chains, while implementing new working models to improve flexibility and predictability.
This includes the adoption of remote technology and monitoring, more automation and integration, and a constant focus on business contingency planning. It also necessitates a closer working relationship between raw materials providers, logistics partners, suppliers and mines, helping everyone adjust faster to shifts in supply and demand, pricing and sustainability trends.
As we work together to drive our own, long-term success, the mining industry is also coordinating efforts, such as the I-80 Fund to support small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Spear-headed by Nevada Gold Mines (NGM), the fund provides relief and recovery loans to eligible businesses located along Nevada’s highway I-80 corridor. We believe initiatives such as this will help our communities overcome the current crisis, while simultaneously helping to strengthen local economies into the future.
In this holiday season, we salute all the mines, suppliers and service businesses that make up this industry, and congratulate them on their good works during such an unprecedented time.
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