The company was selected by PDAC's Board of Directors.
This award recognises an organisation that demonstrates outstanding initiative, leadership, and accomplishment in establishing and maintaining good relations with local communities and in protecting and preserving the natural environment during an exploration programme or operation of a mine.
Golden Star Resources operates two gold mines in Ghana – Wassa and Prestea.
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"In addition to providing a safe workplace, we invest in infrastructure, medical programs and facilities, employment and skills training, education and agricultural programmes. We are also committed to broadening gender diversity at all levels of our company, with women now strongly represented on our Board, in our management team and in our operations teams,” says Sam Coetzer, president and CEO of Golden Star Resources.
“We have had a presence in Ghana for 18 years and are proud to contribute to the economic growth of the communities, region and country in which we work. However this award does not just belong to Golden Star, but to all of our partners in Ghana, and to them I give my deepest thanks for working alongside us to create long term, sustainable value for all of our stakeholders."
Golden Star has received several awards for its corporate responsibility efforts in the past. In 2008 Golden Star was awarded the prestigious Nedbank Capital Green Mining Award for the Company's creation and continuing support of the Golden Star Oil Palm Plantation (GSOPP).
GSOPP is a social enterprise initiative, funded with $1 per ounce of gold produced. It employs over 700 people and delivers crop yields that are three times the small-holder average in Ghana.
The Minerals Commission recognized the Wassa mine team with three successive annual wins in the national Mines Safety and First Aid Competition from 2014-2016. Wassa's Health and Safety Superintendent, Shamsudeen Sidi Adam, was also presented with the first ever Excellence Achievement award for managing the Wassa team during its three years as champions.
At the inaugural Ghana Mining Industry Awards gala in 2015, Wassa won the Best Performance in Occupational Health and Safety, and underlined this performance in 2016 as first runner up in the category.
Golden Star also achieved recognition at the Ghana Mining Awards in 2016 as first runner up in the category of Corporate Social Investment Project of the Year for the company's Prestea South Mbease Nsuta Community Benefit and Value Retention Initiative.
Through this project, Golden Star supported the formation and licensing of Local Companies in Mining Services (LOCOMS) as a parent company for 18 locally registered companies. The initiative successfully enhances opportunities for smaller local companies to grow and become more competitive in regards to the provision of mining supply and support services.
The Company's Community Relations and Social Responsibility Manager for the Prestea mine, Robert Gyamfi, was also given an award by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 2016 for his contribution towards the development of a national corporate social responsibility policy for Ghana.
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Feature image credit: Golden Star Resources (Prestea mine)