Trading Symbol: TSX: SVM
NYSE AMERICAN: SVM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – October 16, 2023 – Silvercorp Metals Inc. (“Silvercorp” or the “Company”) (TSX: SVM) (NYSE American: SVM) is pleased to announce the publishing of its annual Sustainability Report for Fiscal 2023, detailing the Company’s environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) performance, management, and targets.
“We remain firmly committed to the integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles into our strategic planning, operations, and management,” said Dr. Rui Feng, Chairman and CEO of Silvercorp. “By prioritizing responsible mining, Silvercorp ensures that its operations not only create value for stakeholders but also have a positive impact on the lives of those connected to its activities. As we progress towards our Fiscal 2024 goals and targets, Silvercorp's core values and purpose will guide each decision, ensuring that sustainability and responsibility remain at the forefront of our endeavors.”
Highlights of Silvercorp’s Fiscal 2023 Sustainability Report
- ESG Management: 100% of our operating mines were awarded with ISO certifications in environmental, energy, and occupational health and safety management.
- Environment: Recycled 84.85% of water used in our operations, increasing our water recycling rate by 5.63% compared to our 2020 levels.
- Health and Safety: There were no work-related fatalities; reduced LTIR from 0.55 to 0.25, down for the fourth consecutive year.
- Community: Invested in our local communities, supporting education, economic development, public health, and infrastructure.
- Governance: Adopted four new ESG-related policies at the Board level, including the Environmental Protection Policy, Community Relations Policy, Human Rights Policy, and Occupational Health and Safety Policy.
The Company’s report has been prepared in accordance with the Core Accordance option of the 2021 GRI Standards of the Global Sustainability Standard Board (GSSB), the China Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting Guidelines 5.0 by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS-ESG5.0), the SDG Compass by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations, and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standard on Metals and Mining.
Silvercorp is a Canadian mining company producing silver, gold, lead, and zinc with a long history of profitability and growth potential. The Company’s strategy is to create shareholder value by 1) focusing on generating free cashflow from long life mines; 2) organic growth through extensive drilling for discovery; 3) ongoing merger and acquisition efforts to unlock value; and 4) long term commitment to responsible mining and ESG. For more information, please visit our website at www.silvercorp.ca.
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Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks relating to: global economic and social impact of COVID-19; fluctuating commodity prices; calculation of resources, reserves and mineralization and precious and base metal recovery; interpretations and assumptions of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates; exploration and development programs; feasibility and engineering reports; permits and licenses; title to properties; property interests; joint venture partners; acquisition of commercially mineable mineral rights; financing; recent market events and conditions; economic factors affecting the Company; timing, estimated amount, capital and operating expenditures and economic returns of future production; integration of future acquisitions into the Company’s existing operations; competition; operations and political conditions; regulatory environment in China and Canada; environmental risks; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; insurance; risks and hazards of mining operations; key personnel; conflicts of interest; dependence on management; internal control over financial reporting; bringing actions and enforcing judgments under U.S. securities laws; and our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of our share repurchase program.
This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company’s forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements about the future and are inherently uncertain, and actual achievements of the Company or other future events or conditions may differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, without limitation, those referred to in the Company’s Annual Information Form under the heading “Risk Factors”. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, described or intended. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
The Company’s forward-looking statements are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date of this news release, and other than as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s assumptions, beliefs, expectations or opinions should change, or changes in any other events affecting such statements. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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