Awards & Recognition


Pinto Valley Mine, Arizona, US

In 2017, the Pinto Valley Mine has been recognized for their support efforts for both the Texas and Florida hurricane relief efforts through the Lions Clubs International Foundation. The Lions Club was selected to ensure 100% of contributions would go directly to the people within the affected areas. The total amount given by employees and matched by Capstone was just over $7,000.  A formal plaque was presented to Pinto Valley in appreciation for their commitment to providing worldwide humanitarian assistance.

Pinto Valley Mine continues to facilitate the local Copper Circle Sustainability Consortium, a group of the mines and other relevant businesses looking to combine efforts to make the larger dollar sustainable projects a reality in the Globe-Miami community. Pinto Valley, along with the Consortium, recently received recognition plaques for their most recent project at the Bullion Plaza Field in Miami. The Consortium, led by Pinto Valley, raised over $150,000 for the project, which was used to install ambient lighting for sidewalks, field lighting for events and a larger digital sign to advertise local information and activities. With the new lighting, Miami now has a suitable venue to host events and activities in the evening. 

In November 2015, Pinto Valley was presented with the "Super Hero" Award from the Phoenix Children's Hospital for their continued support at the annual Children's Fight for Life Casino Night. The event brings together patient families, community supporters and hospital staff to show support for superheroes battling cancer. The event raised more than $100,000 to benefit the Centre of Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children's Hospital in support of Leukemia Research.


Cozamin Mine, Zacatecas, Mexico


  •  In 2015, Cozamin was honoured to be certified by Great Place to Work® Institute in 2015, which facilitates research to recognize leading workplaces in more than 52 countries worldwide. Cozamin ranked #16 in the top 100 Great Places to Work in Mexico (500 – 5,000 employees 2016). The ranking is developed by conducting a detailed evaluation that analyzes and assesses the views of employees and the corporate culture of each company.

  • For the past four years, Cozamin has been acknowledged as an inclusive company by the Mexican Secretariat of Labour and Social Welfare. This recognition promotes respect for diversity and supports the equality and equity of vulnerable groups.
  • In 2017, the mine received further distinction under “Mexico Without Child Labour” campaign, recognizing work places that design and implement employment practices that support the prevention and eradication of child labour.

  • Distinctive ESR® Socially Responsible Company (2012 - 2018) – awarded by the Mexican Centre for Philanthropy (CEMEFI); recognizes success in meeting the standards set in strategic corporate social responsibility, and acknowledges efforts to assume voluntary and public commitment to implement socially responsible management and continuous improvement as part of culture and business strategy.

  • Clean Industry Certification (2015 - 2020) – awarded by Mexico's Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente or PROFEPA); voluntary environmental audit that certifies full compliance with Mexican federal environmental laws.
  • Family-Responsible Company Accolade (2014 - 2018) - developed by the Secretariat of Labour and Social Welfare (Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social); recognizes a company bringing benefits to its partners, suppliers, families of its workers, and environment.   
  • In 2015, Cozamin received certification endorsed by Mexico’s Federal Government, recognizing the mine as a Workers Competencies Evaluation Center. This accreditation is issued through the National Council for Standardization and Certification of Occupational Competencies and has only been awarded to a few universities and technological schools in Mexico. Cozamin is the first mine in Mexico to receive this certification, after an audit of Cozamin’s training programs deemed them competent by the Technological University of Zacatecas.           

Capstone Mining Corp. , British Columbia, Canada

In 2018, Capstone Mining Corp. ranked 27th on the Corporate Knights Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders, resulting from an analysis of medium-sized enterprises in Canada with regard to sustainability performance. Capstone was also recognized on this list in 2016.

In 2017, Capstone was named a Silver Award Winner at the annual Awards of Excellence in Corporate Reporting, presented by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). This award recognizes companies achieving a high average score across all four judging categories: Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance Disclosures, Electronic Disclosure and Sustainability Reporting. Electronic Disclosure and Sustainability Reporting.

In 2014, Capstone Mining was the recipient of the "Viola R. MacMillan Award" at the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers of Canada) Convention in Toronto, Canada. The award is named in honour of the PDAC's longest serving president and is given to a person or company demonstrating leadership in management and financing for the exploration and development of mineral resources. Capstone received the award for demonstrating leadership and management in the successful development of the Minto and Cozamin copper mines and in its acquisition of Pinto Valley Copper Mine, as well as transforming it into an intermediate copper producer. The award video can be viewed here


Previous Awards

  • Mid Cap Deal of the Year (Pinto Valley Acquisition - 2013) - Mining Journal Outstanding Achievement Awards (London, UK) 
  • Business in Vancouver's Top 100 Public Companies in BC (2013) – ranked 31
  • Canadian Deal Makers Awards (2011) – for the acquisition of Far West Mining Ltd. (Santo Domingo)