- BMR completes “mutually beneficial agreements” with two Chilean communities
- Company committed to develop productive, ethical and transparent relationships with surrounding neighborhoods
- BMR also finalizes comprehensive policy, strategy and implementation guide
In its ongoing commitment to ESG as well as supporting and partnering with the communities where it operates, Battery Mineral Resources (TSX.V: BMR) (OTCQB: BTRMF) has been announcing key community and social initiatives at its Chile-based Punitaqui Project (https://ibn.fm/Rexrs). Specifically, the company has completed agreements with the Potrerillos Community (Comunidad Agricola Potrerillos) and the Punitaqui Community (Comunidad Agricola Punitaqui).
“We are delighted to have reached these mutually beneficial agreements with both the communities of Potrerillos and Punitaqui,” Battery CEO Martin Kostuik stated. “The agreement with the community of Potrerillos emphasizes the strong regard we have for our neighbors nearest the Cinabrio mine complex and our commitment to engage constructively with all the company’s stakeholders. This agreement will also allow BMR to potentially discover new mineralized areas on our claims near the Cinabrio mine complex.
“The agreement with the Punitaqui Community is very important because it succinctly addresses their main concerns surrounding the restart of operations at Punitaqui,” Kostuik continued. “BMR strives to develop productive, ethical and transparent relationships with our surrounding communities, and we view it as our duty to our shareholders and communities to promote sustainable growth supported by safe and socially responsible business practices while developing long-term resources. We look forward to greatly advancing our relationships with the people of Potrerillos and Punitaqui as we continue working diligently to restart our Punitaqui copper mine in the coming months.”
In part, the Potrerillos community agreement notes that BMR will hire members of the community, will fund the construction of a water well for the people of Potrerillos, and will continue to support payment for the services of the individual in charge of the school nursery of the Cordillera de Potrerillos Alto School.
In Punitaqui, BMR is in the process of establishing a community engagement and meeting office, which will be staffed by individuals paid by the company. The office will allow for all persons in the direct area of influence of BMR operations to interact in person with the company. The office should be opening its doors in the coming weeks.
In addition, Battery has finalized a comprehensive policy, strategy and implementation guide that outlines current and future social and community engagement and reporting strategies and standards (https://ibn.fm/wB2bW). The company worked closely with Integratio Mediação Social e Sustentabilidade, a socio-environmental management, strategic relationship, and stakeholder engagement consultant group, to create the document. According to the company, the guide will act as a foundation for positive, proactive, and mutually beneficial engagement and partnership with local communities and includes a social management manual, a community relations and communication plan and implementation guide, a donation and sponsorship guide, a social management manual and a guide for the preparation of annual sustainability reports.
Battery Mineral Resources is a battery minerals company providing shareholders exposure to the global megatrend of electrification while focusing on growth through cash flow, exploration, and acquisitions in favorable mining jurisdictions. Battery Mineral’s mission is the discovery, acquisition and development of battery metals (namely cobalt, lithium, graphite, and copper), in North America, South America and South Korea and to become a premier and responsible supplier of battery minerals to the electrification marketplace.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.BMRCorp.com.
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