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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/13/13 -- Endeavour Silver Corp. (TSX:EDR)(NYSE:EXK)(FRANKFURT:EJD) is pleased to review its corporate sustainability activities and accomplishments in 2012 and its sustainability short term plans and goals for 2013.
Corporate sustainability at Endeavour means more than just conducting our business in an ethical manner. It means that we aim to improve the standard of living for all of our shareholders, employees and the communities in which we work. Endeavour is motivated to make a positive difference in people's lives.
In the workplace, it means rigorous safety standards, procedures and training to ensure our employees work in a safe and healthy manner. In the environment, it means taking extra measures to maintain and improve the integrity of local ecosystems. In the communities, it means supporting local people and governments whenever possible to enhance their standard of living.
In 2012, Endeavour's sustainability programs ranged from improving our safety policies and practices; supporting health programs for our employees and the local communities; enhancing environmental stewardship and reclamation; sponsoring educational scholarships and job skills training programs; sponsoring community cultural events and infrastructure improvements; and supporting charitable causes.
Sustainability Highlights 2012
-- Won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards at Durango State mine rescue and first
-- Reduced lost time accident frequency rate even with the sharp increase
in hours worked due to the mine expansions at Guanacevi and Bolanitos
and the acquisition of the El Cubo mine
-- Increased safety training hours and audits per employee
-- Dramatically improved safety record and reduced safety incidents at El
-- Awarded Certificate of Healthy Company from the Durango State Secretary
-- Brought doctors and nurses to local schools and community centers,
sponsored medical, dental and optical checkups for employees and local
-- Donated 100 eyeglasses and 20 wheelchairs to people in need
-- Sponsored sex and drug education and addiction prevention classes and
counseling in local schools
-- Sponsored nutrition/obesity and women's health classes and counseling in
-- Rehabilitated the drinking water reservoir for the town of La Luz
Sustainability Outlook 2013
The recent appointment of David Tingey as the Company's new Vice President of Health, Safety and Sustainability is a reflection of Endeavour's commitment to sustainable practices and its goal to create benefits of lasting value for all stakeholders. The Company is in the process of updating its Sustainability page on the website to provide more detail on its sustainability programs going forward.
Endeavour's Board of Directors is also forming a new Sustainability Committee and management has commissioned its first annual sustainability report, to be published prior to the Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders in 2013. The Company's sustainability plans and goals will be refined upon receipt of the sustainability report but for 2013, Endeavour's plans include:
Bradford Cooke, CEO and Director, commented, "Endeavour has proactively developed and implemented socially responsible policies and practices for all of its sustainability activities since we arrived in Mexico in 2003. This year, we plan to take another step forward in the expansion and refinement of our sustainability policies and practices, for the lasting benefit of all our stakeholders."
To view more information about our Community Social Responsibility efforts please visit our website: www.edrsilver.com/s/socialresponsibility.asp?ReportID=471271
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ENDEAVOUR SILVER CORP.
Bradford Cooke, Chief Executive Officer
About Endeavour Silver Corp. - Endeavour Silver is a premier mid-tier silver mining company focused on the growth of its silver production, reserves and resources in Mexico. Since start-up in 2004, Endeavour has posted eight consecutive years of growing silver production, reserves and resources. The organic expansion programs now underway at Endeavour's three operating silver mines in Mexico combined with its strategic acquisition and exploration programs should facilitate Endeavour's goal to become the next premier senior silver mining company.
Endeavour Silver Corp.
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