COVID-19

Our global cross-functional COVID-19 Task Force is closely monitoring the situation and is overseeing the company-wide implementation of our COVID-19 management plan.  

Global Response

Kinross' top priority is implementing the precautionary and preventative measures and contingency plans necessary to protect the health and safety of our employees, their families and our host communities, and to help ensure business continuity.

Kinross’ response is managed within the framework of preparedness protocols and contingency plans developed by its COVID-19 Task Force, with input from health authorities and the Company’s expert medical and travel advisors. These plans, which are updated regularly, include:

  • a ban on all non-essential business travel
  • individual site management controls and screening to limit access to mine sites
  • isolation plans and on-site isolation facilities
  • emergency medical preparedness
  • supply chain contingency plans
  • alternative work arrangements

 

Protecting Our Workforce

Across the Company a number of precautionary steps have been taken to promote awareness of the importance of hygienic practices, such as frequent and proper handwashing. In addition, the Company is following the protective measures outlined by the World Health Organization. Strict practices and protocols have been put in place at our mine sites to help prevent exposure to COVID-19. These measures include:

  • implementing physical distancing measures at all sites 
  • enhanced screening process at entry point
  • limiting face-to-face interactions to the extent possible
  • postponing non-essential deliveries and visits by external personnel

At our administrative offices we have adopted remote work and work from home practices. A critical part of our business continuity plan is to ensure we have the capabilities to maintain key functions while our employees work remotely.

Kinross is also supporting its workforce through external employee assistance programs, 24/7 emergency medical assistance, flexible work arrangements to help employees manage family commitments, and access to Human Resources specialists to ensure our employees’ needs are being met.

Transparent, frequent and timely communication to employees aims to ensure our workforce is informed and supported. 

Monitoring Supply Chain

Supply chain monitoring and risk mitigation have been key areas of focus for the Company. Kinross is working with its critical suppliers to minimize potential supply chain disruptions.

Sites and regions continue to review all key consumables and critical item supply chains in order to assess potential disruptions, and to identify mitigating actions, including alternative sources of supply. 

We are implementing contingency and response plans at the global level and working to increase stock levels of critical items above normal inventory levels where possible.

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