Our Contribution

We work hard to leave a lasting, positive legacy everywhere we work

Sepon has contributed over US$1.5 billion in direct revenue to the Lao Government through taxes, royalties and dividends since operations commenced in 2002. Indirect benefits through employment, training, community and local business development programs have also contributed significantly to social and economic development in the Lao PDR.

Community Trust Fund (TF)

Over 14,000 people in 72 villages around the mine have better livelihood through better access to basic services by being empowered to set and achieve their own development priorities through the Community Development Fund and Fund for the Assistance to the Disadvantaged Group. The combined funds of more than US$13 million have supported over 260 projects including investment in schools, roads, latrines, fish ponds, and potable water access.

Fund for Assistance to the Disadvantaged Groups (FADG)

Previously known as Village Development Fund, the program aimed to improving access to basic services to the poorest through participatory program where village level choose, select and contribute, implement and own their projects.

In 2019, the program changes to Fund for Assistance to Disadvantaged Group to improve a living condition of the poorer family in 14 villages near mine.

To date, over $3.2M invested in the program benefit over 47 communities.

Local Business Development

LXML’s business development programs aim to diversify income opportunities, create climate for new businesses to flourish, and assist building sustainable livelihoods for the community beyond mine closure. LXML purchases US$3 million (75% of its fruits, vegetables, and local produce) through 34 local businesses having delivered a combined income over US$33 million and created over 500 jobs for local people.

Cultural Heritage

Vilabouly District as one of the first mining and metallurgy areas in Southeast Asia, around 3000 years ago.

More than 100 antic mining shafts uncovered, signifying the different mining techniques employed and how safety approach existed since then.

Safety

Health and Occupational Hygiene

LXML Occupational Health and Hygiene implements self-sufficient delivery program based on the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions in preventing illness related to work activities.

LXML occupational hygienists use environmental monitoring and analytical methods to detect the extent of worker exposure; who then help departments to employ appropriate controls to reduce potential health hazards.

Environment

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Laos as the most bombed country in the world. Sepon is located on the intersection of the Ho Chi Minh trail.  Vilabouly as one of the heavily bombed area in the country.

LXML integrates UXO clearance as an essential activity in our mining cycle. Partnering with the Lao Government to enhance technical capacity and improve UXO clearances practices for future generation.

  • $48 million invested in UXO clearance
  • Over 3,800 hectares of land cleared
  • Over 58,500 UXO items destroyed
  • Developed internationally accredited senior explosive ordnance disposal training –first of its kind between private sector, Lao Army, and humanitarian body.

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