A Commitment To Our Communities
The Renco Group takes great pride in the fact that each of its operating companies works not only to produce superior products, but also to make a difference in the communities where they are located. Renco Group affiliated companies contribute to local economies by providing job opportunities and financial support. They sponsor educational initiatives and host town meetings designed to help community members better understand their products and industries; and they work aggressively to protect the health of community residents both by operating in an environmentally responsible manner and by sponsoring public outreach initiatives.
THE LOCAL ECONOMY. Doe Run Peru has initiated programs designed to improve the local economies in La Oroya and the Cobriza facility, beyond providing employment opportunities for its residents. The La Oroya and Cobriza facilities have each developed training programs to help local residents learn to handle and care for their sheep and other livestock, resulting in healthier flocks and herds. The company runs seminars for local residents that provide training on how to successfully operate small businesses, develop essential work skills and even raise children. In fact, since 1999, more than 10,199 women in La Oroya have participated in training courses in food related industries, textile production and business management.
EDUCATIONAL INTIATIVES. Investment in education is a core value of the Renco Group and our affiliate companies. At the Doe Run Company, annual scholarships, internships, summer camps and mine tours give college students early opportunities to become acquainted with company operations. Doe Run's popular Minerals Education Program, a collection of interactive workshops, provides K-12 students with hands-on opportunities to learn about the minerals people use in their everyday lives. In one program, students learn about mining and minerals through "chocolate chip cookie mining." This focus on students has led Doe Run to invest in scholarships for Missouri students seeking engineering, chemistry, geology, mining or geoscience degrees. In 2009, Doe Run presented Missouri Science & Technology with a $150,000 donation to help fund the foundation for a new mine building at the Experimental Mine site operated by the university's Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering. The Experimental Mine is one of only a few such mineral engineering facilities on a university campus and provides mining engineering students with practical experience.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. Renco's affiliate businesses operate in each of their respective communities with the consent of the local residents. As a result, each company makes a concerted effort to be an active participant in helping community programs thrive. One such example of this is at Unarco which takes a very active role in the community and sponsors educational programs, sporting events and civic involvement projects throughout the year. Unarco was primarily responsible for raising the funds that led to the construction of a new YMCA facility in the company's hometown of Springfield, Tennessee. In gratitude, the YMCA named the facility the Unarco Center.
Another example of community involvement includes community outreach projects sponsored by Doe Run Peru. The company, in a joint program with the Peruvian Ministry of Health, has provided financial and additional support for a number of measures proven to be effective in controlling blood lead levels in neighboring communities. These include, tracking emission reductions; providing facilities for medical evaluations and materials for blood testing, education and training; 5,834 blood tests of children under the age of 6 and pregnant women; and providing social workers, environmental specialists and cleaning crews with essential information on diet, nutrition and hygiene, all factors that are important in the reduction of blood lead levels. Other such community health programs have provided 511 children with free surgeries (663 surgeries) for cleft palates conducted by physicians from Rotaplast International in five separate campaigns.
Doe Run Peru has also built and operated a nursery school which provided more than 50 children with full time educational programs and health care support at an annual operating cost exceeding $1 million, built a pre-natal care facility, made renovations in 51 schools benefitting approximately 7,500 children and has funded various crisis support projects, including $3 million for Peruvian earthquake relief after a devastating earthquake in 2007. Community involvement is important for all affiliate companies and is evidenced by the strong leadership role in civic organizations and an exemplary record of volunteerism of our employees.