Message From Our CEO
Introduction Message from our CEO
On behalf of the SSR Mining team, I am pleased to present our first annual Sustainability Report. The report outlines our approach to sustainability across a range of topics and summarizes our 2018 sustainability performance. The report also underscores our ongoing commitment to transparency for our stakeholders.
The past year was another exciting and successful one for our company. We continued to deliver on our strong track record of achieving our production and cost guidance by doing so for a seventh consecutive year. The Seabee Gold Operation achieved a fifth consecutive year of record production levels, while the Marigold mine achieved its second highest production level in its nearly 30-year history.
The year was also one of transition as we brought the Chinchillas project online at Puna Operations in Argentina. We are pleased to have declared commercial production at Chinchillas on December 1 and look forward to the mine generating significant value for our stakeholders going forward. Notably, all 180 new employment positions at Chinchillas were filled by members of local communities, with 30% of these roles filled by women.
At SSR Mining, we are driven by a relentless commitment to delivering excellence in everything that we do. The foundation of our strategic approach includes a commitment to excellence across the following five main areas: social, operational, organizational, project development, and growth.
At the organizational level, we have assembled a strong Board that has been instrumental in our ongoing success. In recognition of our robust corporate governance, we have been rated by Institutional Shareholder Services – a highly-recognized investor ratings agency – as having best-in-class corporate governance for three straight years.
Another key focus for our company is our commitment to Operational Excellence. We pride ourselves on the ability of our teams to create and extract value through optimization, technology, and innovation. Throughout this report, we highlight many of the ways our teams are doing so across the operations.
As our company continues to grow and evolve, so too will our approach to sustainability and responsible mining. A commitment to corporate social responsibility has always been key to our business strategy. However, we are now managing our sustainability performance more systematically across the company including through the development of this report.
“The report will enhance the way we manage and measure our sustainability performance, which will drive continual improvement over time. In doing so, we can communicate to our stakeholders on the issues that are most important to them, from our investors and shareholders through to our host governments and local communities.”
We invite you to share your feedback on this report. We will continue to engage our stakeholders through the online publication of the report alongside ongoing updates to the corporate responsibility section of our website at www.ssrmining.com. In closing, I would like to express my gratitude to all the employees at SSR Mining. Our continued success over the past year is testament to your hard work, dedication, and focus. We can all look forward to another exciting year in 2019 as we continue to deliver on our vision of becoming one of the world’s premier mining companies.
President and CEO