It is a priority at Lundin Mining to practice responsible recruitment by hiring our workforce regionally and locally to ensure the economic benefit of employment remains within our host communities. By operating in developed regions, we are able to source highly-qualified and highly-skilled candidates who are familiar with the language, culture and best practices. In 2020, our employees were predominantly citizens of our host countries, with expatriates accounting for less than one percent of our workforce across our operations.
Contractors and suppliers are expected to have practices in place that support and parallel Lundin Mining policies and standards and, in this regard, we ask that our contractors and suppliers also adhere to a similar standard with respect to the prioritization of local hiring.
Over $270,000 directly invested in 2020
86% POSITIVE RESPONSE
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drawn to local mine-related tourism each year
We operate in different countries, each with unique and diverse cultures, languages, landscapes and levels of economic development. Adapting to the differing needs guides our approach to social performance. At Zinkgruvan, the mine is a significant contributor to the local economy. Being able to hire and procure locally ensure economic benefit remains in regional and local communities. We are committed to working closely with our host communities to launch self-sustaining programs and initiatives that support local entrepreneurship, economic growth initiatives not exclusively related to our mine, and initiatives which enhance the quality of life for those in the area.
Nurturing Future Generations
Zinkgruvan has been encouraging interest in engineering among youth through sponsorship of KomTek, a local technology and entrepreneurship academy in Örebro, and the establishment of technical scholarships for secondary school students. KomTek stimulates children’s creativity and works to break down traditional gender roles. The goal is to increase female interest in technology and a future in technical roles. Each year since inception in 2015, five students have been awarded a Lundin Mining Technical Scholarship. Several of these students have later joined the Zinkgruvan team. In 2019, Zinkgruvan’s Head of Surface Maintenance spoke to attendees about her role and career. Responsible for about 60 employees, she is an inspiration and role model for future female leaders.
Askersund Lakeside Pride
Zinkgruvan co-hosted the Annual Askersund Lakeside Pride festival for the second consecutive year in 2019. Aligned with Lundin Mining’s Mission and Values, the festival encouraged inclusion, collaboration and open dialogue between the community and the mine. Featuring drag shows, talk shows, dance music, dramatic performances and a movie screening, the event also offered a diversity and inclusion educational session led by Zinkgruvan. The mine flew its rainbow Pride flag at its main building to show its commitment to equality, tolerance and inclusion.
Re:think Program – Fostering Innovation
Zinkgruvan developed its Re:think program in 2019 in collaboration with the Alfred Nobel Science Park and the Örebro Greenhouse. Managed by Lundin Foundation, the program supports entrepreneurs in and around Askersund municipality in developing innovations for the benefit of the region’s long-term economic and social goals in the areas of food, digitization, IT, logistics and manufacturing.
In partnership with community groups and the local government, Zinkgruvan opens its doors each summer to visitors for tours of our past-operating Knalla underground mine and our current operations. Every summer over 3,000 visitors are welcomed.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the old Knalla underground mine, explore the mining museum, experience our underground operation using virtual reality technology, and see the plant where minerals are separated. Through engaging storytelling, participants learn about Zinkgruvan’s long history and impact on the community and society.
Promoting Community Living & Local Culture
Since 2014, Zinkgruvan sponsors the municipal summer swim school in line with our ambition to work with safety and support child and youth activities. Thanks to this effort, hundreds of children have been able to attend free swimming classes every year.
By providing long-term support to the performing arts at the Sjöängen Centre for Culture and Education, we help maintain a wide variety of cultural activities in Askersund Municipality.