The Integration program’s goal is to improve the quality of life of surrounding communities by providing support in four key areas: health, the environment, family, and community involvement. The program includes our Integration Day at each operation. Volunteers, in partnership with local governments and members of the private sector, offer services free of charge including medical exams, environmental education and support completing legal documents. Our Integration Days have grown significantly in popularity since their inception six years ago. In 2012, community participation was over 100,000 attendees at our Brazilian, Chilean and Argentinian operations. A total of 61 initiatives in the areas of health, citizenship, environment and quality of life were supported.
Our Partnership Seminar program supports projects that contribute to the sustainable development of local communities. We accept proposals to support local education, and environmental, cultural, economic and health initiatives, and provide up to 85% of funding for projects. In 2012 we supported 109 projects, an increase of approximately 5% from 2011. We continue to encourage projects focused on job creation because of their contribution towards long-term financial sustainability.