Angkor Gold Corp. [ANK-TSXV] reported that Delayne Weeks, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, will address the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development. She will be presenting on behalf of Angkor and will address the delegation about the company’s approach to building a sustainable mineral sector in Cambodia.
Alberta-based Angkor incorporates Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as part of its “best practices” strategy in a fashion wholly unique to any other mining companies of its size. These benefits create a broad-spectrum of “shared value” across company operations. Local communities and staff at all levels benefit from training in English, advanced exploration methodologies, first aid training, computer applications and environmental preservation.
In addition, through its multi-stakeholder approach, Angkor provides clean water solutions and improvements in education and agriculture alongside enhanced access to medical treatment and economic development.
“Angkor helps transform Cambodia’s rural communities within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Speaking to the members of the forum, I will share our experiences to illustrate how our small, determined Grande Prairie firm implements its pioneering model to bring value to those who need it most through ethical mineral exploration,” stated Delayne Weeks.
“Angkor, its staff and management understand that the global mining industry urgently needs to improve community engagement to ensure the long-term sustainability of mining projects,” noted Mike Weeks, CEO and Chairman of Angkor. He continued, “Our company has undertaken the challenge by actively recruiting local talent and generating jobs. We have pushed the limits in organic agriculture for increased food security and have provided education and vocational training.”
Angkor’s six exploration licenses in the Kingdom of Cambodia cover 1,352 km2, which the company has been actively exploring over the past six years. The company has now covered all tenements with stream sediment geochemical sampling and has flown low level aeromagnetic surveys over most of the ground. Angkor has diamond drilled 21,855 metres in 190 holes, augured 2643 metres over 728 holes, collected over 165,000 termite mound samples and ‘B’ and ‘C’ zone soil samples in over 20 centres of interest over a combined area of more than 140km2 , in addition to numerous trenches, IP surveys and detailed geological field mapping. Exploration on all tenements is ongoing.