CAMIMEX Annual Report Underlines Mining’s Social ResolveBy Alejandro Ehrenberg | Wed, 08/26/2020 - 13:25
Mexico’s Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX) released the 2020 edition of its yearly report, emphasizing the mining industry’s commitment to the environment, society and communities. Additionally, CAMIMEX listed as one of its top priorities to communicate the benefits of a modern, ethical, respectful and responsible mining sector.
With regards to social responsibility, the report underscores that 40 affiliated companies obtained Cemefi’s ESR Distinction in 2019, ratifying their environmental and social commitment and showing respect for communities and the environment. The 40 companies that achieved the recognition operate in 19 states in Mexico and account for more than 60 percent of the value of national mining-metallurgical production. “We are committed to strengthening sustainable development and well-being to positively impact our workers, their families, our neighbors and the environment. It is our responsibility to take care of the natural environment that surrounds the communities where we operate, since its conservation allows development to be viable and sustainable,” CAMIMEX President Fernando Alanís commented.
The report also underlines the Mexican mining industry’s role in job generation. According to a survey of wages and salaries that included 28 companies operating 42 mining units, the sector’s wages are above CONEVAL’s ethical minimum and 39 percent above the national average. The report pointed out, however, that 18 percent of the industry’s personnel earns salaries inferior to CONEVAL’s ethical minimum. “Mining’s commitment to create jobs resulted in the direct employment of 379,093 workers. Jobs were strongly impacted due to the pandemic-related economic contraction, but the mining industry managed to maintain most of its jobs,” Alanís noted.
In addition, the industry is making remarkable progress in gender equality. The report explains that by the end of 2019, 15.7 percent of mining workers were women. Even when in absolute terms this is a low figure, the number of female workers in the industry has grown between 5 and six percent every year in recent years. The report mentions that modern mining offers opportunities equally accessible to men and women: merit trumps gender completely when assessing a candidate’s suitability for a role. An example of this is the appointment of Karen Flores as Director General of CAMIMEX. It is the first time that a woman has held this position since CAMIMEX’s foundation in 1906.
“It is of the utmost importance to highlight the true nature of the modern and professional mining industry that operates in Mexico. Mining is responsible and respectful of the environment. It is committed to the economic development of communities, regions and states where it operates. Mining develops supply chains and provides good jobs, access to education, health services and basic services. It is an industry that ultimately boosts the quality of life of the inhabitants of our host communities,” Alanís concluded.