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Engaging Communities of Interest

We engage with COIs throughout the mining life cycle. Our direct engagement of COIs is organized into three broad levels: information disclosure, dialogue and participation. All such engagement is informed by the AA1000 principles of inclusivity, materiality and responsiveness. Examples of the COIs we engaged in 2015, and the issues raised by and with them, are set out in Table 1. Our engagement with COIs and the outcomes are reported to the Safety and Sustainability Committee of our Board of Directors and/or to our Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Risk Management Committee.

Table 1: Examples of Key Communities of Interest, Issues and Responses 


Specific COI

Example key issue in 2015

Teck response in 2015



Current and potential shareholders and lenders

Decline in commodity prices and profits

Built on our successful cost reduction program and took steps to strengthen our balance sheet in response to the decline in prices of our core products

Engaged employees to achieve cost reduction program targets and announced a plan to further reduce costs by $650 million in 2016; completed two precious metal streaming transactions generating approximately $1.0 billion of cash


Government of British Columbia, Canada

Economic impact of downturn in the mining industry

Worked with government to enhance the competitiveness of the industry with a focus on Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and electricity rates


In late 2015, the B.C. government announced it will allow mining companies to temporarily defer their electricity payments to support the mining industry and it will conduct a review of sales tax 


Mining Association of Canada (MAC)

Impact of tailings dam incidents

Collaborated with industry partners through MAC to review tailings storage facility standards and critical controls

We played an active role in an independent task force commissioned by the MAC to review tailings management requirements and guidance under MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative

Civil Society

UNICEF, the Government of Canada

Zinc deficiency affects two billion people worldwide

Continued to build on our Zinc & Health program to raise awareness and contribute to short- and long-term solutions to zinc deficiency worldwide

Partnered with UNICEF and the Government of Canada to launch the 25th Team, a network of Canadian women committed to saving the lives of women and children in developing countries


Teck employees and contractors

Employee safety


Investigations into seven Potentially Fatal Occurrences in 2015

Developed corrective actions and shared investigation results with all operations in order to prevent similar occurrences


Communities and First Nations in the Elk Valley and regulators in B.C.

Increasing trend of mine-related water quality constituents in Elk River watershed

Implementing the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan to address selenium and other water quality constituents with input from COIs

Completed commissioning of the West Line Creek Active Water Treatment Facility; participated in the Environmental Monitoring Committee, which reviewed 19 reports and study designs


Community of Andacollo in Chile

Concerns regarding dust connected with local mining operations

Engaged with communities and government to create a plan to improve air quality

Implemented the Atmospheric Decontamination plan with measures to improve air quality

Indigenous Peoples

Iñupiat people near Red Dog Operations

Concerns about the impact of dust on local ecosystems and subsistence foods

Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of our performance in reducing fugitive dust emissions

Continued dust suppression activities to protect air quality and reduce the impact on local ecosystems including subsistence foods

Communities of Interest Identification 

The identification, analysis and proactive engagement of our COIs plays a vital role in every level of our business. In particular, these help ensure we: 

  • Understand the positive and negative impacts that our business has on others
  • Understand the risks and opportunities – both for COIs and for our business – associated with these impacts 
  • Manage these impacts in a responsible and effective manner
  • Understand the effectiveness of our management actions

In this context, COIs are selected for engagement based on the degree to which they are affected by our activities and relationships, as well as their ability to influence our achievement of our business objectives. 

Direct Engagement

Our direct engagement of COIs is organized into three broad levels: information disclosure, dialogue and participation. All such engagement is informed by the AA 1000 principles of inclusivity, materiality and responsiveness. 

Examples of the COIs we engaged in 2015, and the issues raised by and with them, are set out in the COI Issues and Responses section. The outcomes of our engagement are reported to the Safety and Sustainability Committee of our Board of Directors and/or to our Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Risk Management Committee. 

Our corporate teams also carry out direct engagement on an ongoing basis. Typically, this includes engagement with government, industry associations, peers, shareholders and potential investors.

Operational Engagement

At an operational level, all of our operations identify, prioritize and directly engage COIs that have the potential to affect our operational, sustainability or financial performance. This includes regular ongoing engagement of employees (and their representatives), local communities, Indigenous Peoples, regulators, joint venture partners, service providers, and suppliers. Working with local and Indigenous communities is particularly important in terms of: 

  • Disclosing and appropriately communicating accurate and timely information
  • Maintaining an open dialogue, so all parties can fully understand each other’s views and concerns 
  • Engaging in decision making around our activities
  • Collaborating on issues of mutual interest
  • Securing and maintaining our social licence to operate 

Those responsible for engagement with local and Indigenous communities are trained to take a people-centred approach to dialogue that is focused on relationships, rather than on issues. This helps ensure engagement is productive and constructive, and that it directly contributes to the building and maintenance of long-term, trust-based relationships. 

In addition, we implemented a range of feedback mechanisms at all of our operations and major resource development projects. These mechanisms include telephone hotlines, text messaging, comment boxes, emails, multi-stakeholder panels, and visits to remote communities. 

Indirect Engagement

We carry out indirect engagement through the application of externally developed standards and frameworks that reflect COI expectations. These include those developed by the following organizations:

  • Global Reporting Initiative 
  • International Council on Mining and Metals 
  • International Finance Corporation 
  • Mining Association of Canada Towards Sustainable Mining
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 
  • UN Global Compact
  • World Economic Forum

COI Issues and Responses

Examples of key COI issues identified and managed in 2014 are set out in Table 5. For a more general overview of our COIs and related issues by business unit and site, please see Appendix A.

Table 31: Our Communities of Interest in 2015

COI Category

Sub-Category and Description


Priority Engagement Topics in 2015




Teck employees



Union, non-union, full-time employees, part-time employees and contractors

  • Safety strategies and systems
  • Commodity prices and the associated impact on our business
  • Cost containment and productivity
  • Tailings management
  • Employee reductions
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Health and well-being
  • Incorporating safety and sustainability into performance incentives




Community residents



Includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities

  • Commodity prices and the associated impact on our business
  • Tailings management
  • Air quality
  • Community investment
  • Elk Valley Water Quality Plan
  • Environment
  • Health and safety
  • Indigenous rights and title
  • Land and resource use
  • Mining practices and activities

General public



Includes those outside of project/site-affected communities, but have an interest in our activities

  • Tailings management
  • Water quality
  • Dusting
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Environment

Special Interest Groups



Community organizations



Community based institutions (e.g., schools and health centres), charitable and development organizations

  • Community investment opportunities and impacts from the economic downturn

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and multinational organizations


Includes organizations that are focused primarily on advocacy and are local, national and international in scope

  • Community investment opportunities and impacts from the economic downturn
  • Global topics of interest (e.g., water, climate change, carbon pricing, human rights and zinc deficiency)
  • Resource revenue transparency (e.g., payments to government)
  • Site-specific topics

Public/private institutions


Academic and research


Academic institutions and research organizations

  • Research partnerships
  • Training programs




Local government body or institution (e.g., town council, mayor’s office)

  • Community investment opportunities and impacts from the economic downturn
  • Environment
  • Local hiring and procurement
  • Social issues


Government body or institution below the sub-national (e.g., within a state or province) level

  • Environment
  • Regional hiring and procurement
  • Social issues

Sub-National (State/Provincial)

Sub-national government body or institution (e.g., state, province, territory and region)

  • Carbon pricing
  • Economic impact of downturn in the mining industry
  • First Nations Treaties
  • Infrastructure
  • Permits and certificates
  • Skills training
  • Tailings management
  • Water quality


National-level (federal) government body or institution

  • Climate change and carbon pricing
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Legislation and regulation
  • Skills training
  • Trade
  • Gender equity


Intra-governmental bodies and foreign organizations

  • Climate change and carbon pricing
  • Regulations affecting transportation and product classification and handling

Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous governments, organizations, businesses, land users and stakeholders

Agencies representing an Indigenous group (such as councils or leadership, cultural representatives), organizations run by/for an Indigenous group (includes health, education, environmental), Indigenous controlled goods and service providers and traditional land users

  • Agreements (e.g., impact benefit agreements, engagement protocols, exploration agreements, etc.)
  • Our Indigenous Peoples Policy
  • Elk Valley Water Quality Plan
  • Community investment opportunities
  • Environment
  • Indigenous rights and title
  • Protection of heritage sites
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Traditional land use

Commercial or Business interests

Commercial interest

Includes joint ventures, large contractors and customers

  • Commercial, operational and financial matters
  • Commercial matters
  • Logistics and transportation
  • Materials stewardship
  • Potential sustainability issues in the supply chain

Industry associations or business groups


Associations, groups or consortiums representing businesses (e.g., mining associations, sustainable business organizations) and Indigenous business associations

  • Regulatory issues
  • Social issues
  • Sustainability
  • Climate change and carbon pricing



Institutional investors, other equity holders, debt holders and banks

  • Environment
  • Financial performance and state of the company

Lands, Resources, and Property Interests

Land user (tenured/licensed)

Includes licences to use an area of land and/or its resources, including hunting/guiding licences, commercial recreation licences (e.g., backcountry hiking, heli-skiing), commercial fishing licences, mining/exploration licences, forest harvest licences, trapping licences, oil and gas licences, grazing licences, etc.; also includes those with right-of-ways, easements, and other non-ownership land tenures

  • Commercial use
  • Easements
  • Land access
  • Public safety
  • Recreational access

Land users (untenured)

Known land users, though they may not own or have formal licence for an area. Includes recreational users (e.g., hikers, snowmobilers, boaters, etc.), and subsistence users (e.g., hunting, gathering, fishing, etc.)

  • Biodiversity
  • Water
  • Recreational access

Private land owner

Manages private land for residential, commercial or conservation (e.g., land trust) purposes

  • Land use
  • Water
  • Biodiversity

Water user

Includes those with a licence for water use or extraction

  • Water access, quality and allocation
  • Water monitoring
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