Endeavour Silver Sustainability Review 2012 and Outlook 2013

Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:00am EST

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  VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Feb 13 (MARKET WIRE) --
Endeavour Silver Corp. (TSX:EDR)(NYSE:EXK)(FRANKFURT:EJD) is pleased to
review its corporate sustainability activities and accomplishments in
2012 and its sustainability short term plans and goals for 2013.

    Corporate sustainability at Endeavour means more than just conducting our
business in an ethical manner. It means that we aim to improve the
standard of living for all of our shareholders, employees and the
communities in which we work. Endeavour is motivated to make a positive
difference in people's lives.

    In the workplace, it means rigorous safety standards, procedures and
training to ensure our employees work in a safe and healthy manner. In
the environment, it means taking extra measures to maintain and improve
the integrity of local ecosystems. In the communities, it means
supporting local people and governments whenever possible to enhance
their standard of living.

    In 2012, Endeavour's sustainability programs ranged from improving our
safety policies and practices; supporting health programs for our
employees and the local communities; enhancing environmental stewardship
and reclamation; sponsoring educational scholarships and job skills
training programs; sponsoring community cultural events and
infrastructure improvements; and supporting charitable causes.

    Sustainability Highlights 2012

    Safety


--  Won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards at Durango State mine rescue and first
    aid competitions 
    
--  Reduced lost time accident frequency rate even with the sharp increase
    in hours worked due to the mine expansions at Guanacevi and Bolanitos
    and the acquisition of the El Cubo mine 
    
--  Increased safety training hours and audits per employee 
    
--  Dramatically improved safety record and reduced safety incidents at El
    Cubo 


    Health


--  Awarded Certificate of Healthy Company from the Durango State Secretary
    of Health 
    
--  Brought doctors and nurses to local schools and community centers,
    sponsored medical, dental and optical checkups for employees and local
    citizens 
    
--  Donated 100 eyeglasses and 20 wheelchairs to people in need 
    
--  Sponsored sex and drug education and addiction prevention classes and
    counseling in local schools 
    
--  Sponsored nutrition/obesity and women's health classes and counseling in
    local communities 
    
--  Rehabilitated the drinking water reservoir for the town of La Luz 


    Environment


--  Planted 16,200 trees and cacti to reclaim disturbed areas including
    historic areas disturbed by others 
    
--  Built a dry stack tailings facility at Guanacevi to create a smaller
    tailings footprint and recover water and chemicals more efficiently 
    
--  Established a wild life management and jaguar conservation project at
    San Sebastian 
    
--  Sponsored children's "clean up the town" days to support "green"
    practices in local communities 
    
--  Cleaned up contaminated soil areas at El Cubo and San Sebastian 
    
--  Conducted continuous water sampling around each of our mining operations
    to maintain the integrity of the local water supplies 


    Education


--  Conducted mine skills training programs to provide career skills and job
    opportunities for the young and unemployed as well as cooking classes,
    ceramics courses and stone sculpting training programs to support
    cottage industries 
    
--  Sponsored second year of five year $1 million university scholarship
    program in Canada to support students studying the Earth Sciences at
    Queens University and the University of British Columbia 
    
--  Sponsored 60 scholarships in Mexico for local students in primary,
    secondary and university educations including "stay in school" and
    academic performance programs 
    
--  Donated educational materials, construction materials and musical
    instruments to local schools 
    
--  Conducted tours of our mine and plant operations for local schools 


    Community


--  Received Certificate of Social Responsibility for El Cubo from the
    federal government in Mexico 
    
--  Created many job opportunities in 2012 and employed 1900 people in
    Mexico at year end 
    
--  Sponsored many local cultural events and festivals, including time,
    materials, resources, food, flowers, gifts, and a Christmas feast for
    2000 people at Guanajuato 
    
--  Sponsored summer camps for children and transportation to museums and
    cultural events 
    
--  Sponsored food programs for children in need 
    
--  Sponsored several sports teams and tournaments including clothing,
    equipment, fields, transportation, food and accommodations 
    
--  Sponsored theatre, dance, song and art groups 
    
--  Funded several community infrastructure improvement projects including
    labour and materials to build school rooms, repair church, school and
    community facilities and repair and maintain roads 


    Charities


--  Provided financial support for the following charitable causes: 
    
--  "Mining for Miracles Campaign" to help build a new BC Children's
    Hospital 
    
--  "Canucks for Kids Fund" to support children with medical needs 
    
--  "Canuck Place Children's Hospice" to care for children with life
    threatening illnesses 
    
--  "Special Olympics of British Columbia" to support people with
    disabilities 
    
--  "Covenant House of Vancouver" to support homeless people 
    
--  "Big Sisters of Vancouver" to support girls with single parents 
    
--  "The Passion Project" to support personal growth and community building 
    
--  "The Nature Trust of BC" to support conservation of different eco-
    systems 


    Sustainability Outlook 2013

    The recent appointment of David Tingey as the Company's new Vice
President of Health, Safety and Sustainability is a reflection of
Endeavour's commitment to sustainable practices and its goal to create
benefits of lasting value for all stakeholders. The Company is in the
process of updating its Sustainability page on the website to provide
more detail on its sustainability programs going forward.

    Endeavour's Board of Directors is also forming a new Sustainability
Committee and management has commissioned its first annual sustainability
report, to be published prior to the Annual General Meeting of the
Shareholders in 2013. The Company's sustainability plans and goals will
be refined upon receipt of the sustainability report but for 2013,
Endeavour's plans include:


--  Safety - Continue reducing the lost time accident frequency rate 
    
--  Health - Help identify sources of permanent drinking water for the town
    of El Cubo 
    
--  Environment - Extend Bolanitos tailings tunnel to keep rain water
    separate from recycled water 
    
--  Education - Sponsor more scholarships for needy students wanting to
    further their education 
    
--  Community - Commence at El Cubo the many community programs Endeavour
    supports elsewhere 
    
--  Charities - Form a charitable foundation in Mexico to expand our
    financial support for charities 


    Bradford Cooke, CEO and Director, commented, "Endeavour has proactively
developed and implemented socially responsible policies and practices for
all of its sustainability activities since we arrived in Mexico in 2003.
This year, we plan to take another step forward in the expansion and
refinement of our sustainability policies and practices, for the lasting
benefit of all our stakeholders."

    To view more information about our Community Social Responsibility
efforts please visit our website:
http://www.edrsilver.com/s/socialresponsibility.asp?ReportID=471271.

    ENDEAVOUR SILVER CORP.

    Bradford Cooke, Chief Executive Officer

    About Endeavour Silver Corp. - Endeavour Silver is a premier mid-tier
silver mining company focused on the growth of its silver production,
reserves and resources in Mexico. Since start-up in 2004, Endeavour has
posted eight consecutive years of growing silver production, reserves and
resources. The organic expansion programs now underway at Endeavour's
three operating silver mines in Mexico combined with its strategic
acquisition and exploration programs should facilitate Endeavour's goal
to become the next premier senior silver mining company. 

Contacts:
Endeavour Silver Corp.
Lana McCray
Corporate Communications Coordinator
(604) 685-9775 or Toll free at 877-685-9775
(604) 685-9744 (FAX)
lmccray@edrsilver.com
www.edrsilver.com

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