Ariana has a strong track record of working with local suppliers and employing local people. Ariana has run many training programmes to focus on the mechanical, physical, technical and safety aspects of its exploration programmes. The Joint Venture company, Zenit Madencilik, employs local personnel, including professionally qualified mining engineers, from nearby villages and towns. All visitors to the mine are required to complete a mine safety test before they are permitted to access the mine site.
Working with the local community to promote educational standards has also been a priority for Ariana. Since 2010, a highly experienced member of our joint venture company, Zenit Madencilik, has been committed full-time to the development of local stakeholder engagement in the Sindirgi area. His unremitting efforts to build local links and guide environmentally responsible policies, mean that he is now a highly regarded member of the local community.
Through our joint venture we actively support Sindirgi Elementary School as part of our CSR policy. In addition, our joint venture sponsors the Sindirgi High School magazine and the Sindirgi Book Fair. The joint venture also supports the community through its sponsorship of firefighting equipment. Firefighting is an important local issue, as much of the upland area in the vicinity of the mine is covered in protected pine forests.