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Sustainability Strategy

At Teck, the pursuit of sustainability guides our approach to business. Over our more than 100-year history, we have learned that responsible mining and mineral development are fundamental to our long-term success. 

About Our Strategy

In 2010, we formalized a sustainability strategy to address the greatest risks and opportunities facing our business in the area of sustainability. Our strategy has been integrated into decision-making by embedding it into our HSEC Management Standards, corporate, site and employee annual objectives and remuneration.

Teck’s sustainability strategy is organized around six focus areas. A focus area is a topic that has a material impact on our business and COIs, represents an area of significant opportunity and/or risk and requires company-wide internal engagement. For each focus area, we established a vision, long-term goals to 2030 and short-term goals to 2015 that are coordinated across Teck by corporate and site leads. A report on our progress against our 2015 goals can be found on our focus area pages for Our PeopleWaterBiodiversity, Air, Community and Energy and Climate Change.

2015 marked the end of our first set of short-term goals. It also marked the first major milestone in the path to achieving our longer-term goals. This provided us with the opportunity to review and evaluate the scope of our strategy. To undertake this review, we engaged external subject matter experts and brought together employees from across our operations into focus area working groups to examine internal and external sustainability risks and opportunities and determine the actual and potential impact to our business. Based on this analysis, there were three major changes to our sustainability strategy as outlined below: 

  • The addition of ‘Air’ as a focus area. Increasing concern around potential health issues associated with exposure to particulates, combined with growing regulatory requirements and the wide breadth of relevance to our operations, resulted in ‘Air’ being added as a focus area.
  • Renaming the ‘Energy’ focus area ‘Energy and Climate Change’ to reflect our increasing focus on climate action. The growing global emphasis on combating climate change by reducing emissions, coupled with increasing regulatory pressure, prompted us to place greater emphasis in this focus area on climate change. 
  • The withdrawal of ‘Materials Stewardship’ as a focus area.  As our sustainability strategy is intended to be focused on the areas that represent the greatest risk and opportunities facing our business, the increasing importance of air resulted in materials stewardship being removed and replaced by air. However, our management of materials and product stewardship will continue through our Materials Stewardship Committee. 

As part of this review, the focus area teams also updated the visions and 2030 goals and created new short-term goals to 2020. Focus area working groups provided recommendations for goal revisions based on an external analysis including best practices, emerging risks, COI feedback and societal expectations. The 2020 goals were developed to ensure we continue to progress towards achieving our 2030 goals. To support the achievement of the 2020 goals, internal plans were developed that outline the key steps for implementation. The senior management team and the Safety and Sustainability Committee of the Board reviewed and approved the changes to the sustainability strategy. For more detail on each of our focus areas including visions, 2020 and 2030 goals see below. 

Strategy at a Glance

Vision for Air

We continually improve air quality for the benefit of workers, communities and the environment in areas affected by our activities.

2030 Goals

  1. Partner with communities, governments and other organizations to facilitate action and the sharing of knowledge to continuously improve air quality.
  2. Contribute to measurable and meaningful improvements in areas where our activities impact air quality.

2020 Goals

  1. Improve monitoring and understanding of our releases to air and the potential impacts on people, communities and the environment.
  2. In consultation with communities, governments and other organizations set air quality goals and establish risk-based action plans to achieve goals.
  3. Strengthen the integration of air quality considerations into early stage project development.

Vision for Biodiversity

We achieve a net positive impact on biodiversity in areas affected by our activities.

2030 Goals

  1. Achieve a net positive impact on biodiversity in regions where we operate through environmental management, reclamation and conservation.

2020 Goals

  1. Implement biodiversity management plans for each of our operations.
  2. Integrate the consideration of biodiversity into the exploration, construction and closure stages of the mining life cycle.
  3. Enhance our contributions to biodiversity conservation knowledge, through collaboration in research, education and conservation.

Vision for Community

We build strong relationships and create lasting mutual benefits based on respect for what communities value.

2030 Goals 

  1. Fully integrate social risk and opportunity, human rights, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples into how we do business and our individual actions and behaviours.
  2. Create lasting mutual benefits through collaboration on social, economic, and environmental initiatives.
  3. Collaborate with Indigenous communities to consistently create lasting benefits that respect their unique interests and aspirations.

2020 Goals

  1. Refine our business policies and practices based on results of our social risk assessments, our work in human rights and developments in the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  2. Engage with communities to identify social, economic, and environmental priorities and to mutually define outcomes and measures of success.
  3. Work with Indigenous Peoples to identify and participate in initiatives to support the self-defined goals of Indigenous communities.
  4. Develop metrics for monitoring Indigenous training, employment and procurement to establish baselines and drive progress.

Vision for Energy and Climate Change

We take action to reduce GHG emissions by improving our energy efficiency and implementing low-carbon technologies.

2030 Goals

  1. Implement projects that reduce energy consumption by 6,000 TJ.
  2. Implement projects that reduce GHG emissions by 450 kilotonnes (kt) of CO2-equivalent.
  3. Commit to 100 megawatts (MW) of alternative energy generation.

2020 Goals

  1. Implement projects that reduce energy consumption by 2,500 TJ.
  2. Implement projects that reduce GHG emissions by 275 kilotonnes (kt) of CO2-equivalent.
  3. Assess opportunities and identify potential project partners toward achieving our 2030 alternative energy goal
  4. Engage with governments to advocate for effective and efficient carbon pricing.

Vision for Our People

We engage and develop our people, and ensure everyone goes home safe and healthy every day.

2030 Goals

  1. Eliminate serious injuries, illnesses and fatalities through effective high potential risk management.
  2. Be a diverse and inclusive workforce representative of the communities in which we operate. 
  3. Be a workplace with a shared commitment to fairness, respect, operational excellence and productivity.  

2020 Goals

  1. Reduce serious injuries and eliminate fatalities by ensuring our high potential risks have effective controls in place and by enhancing our culture of safety.
  2. Implement improved occupational health and hygiene monitoring and exposure control to protect the longer term health of workers.
  3. Build a diverse workforce that includes more women and Indigenous People.
  4. Develop leaders who can confidently and efficiently manage safe, respectful and productive operations.

Vision for Water

We contribute to the balance between social, economic, recreational and cultural benefits of water resources, within ecologically sustainable limits.

2030 Goals

  1. Work within an informed understanding of ecological limits, regional issues, and demands on water resources to address:

Water Quality: Keep clean water clean, minimize water quality deterioration, and take care of affected water resources
Water Quantity: Minimize water use per unit of production and transition to alternative water sources
Water Stewardship: Contribute to water use planning in our areas of influence.

2020 Goals

  1. Contribute to watershed management in water-stressed regions through water use efficiency projects, use of alternative water sources, water quality improvement measures, and capacity building.
  2. Increase our understanding of groundwater and proactively assess groundwater risks.
  3. Collaborate in developing innovative water technology and practice.

Our Stories

  • Preparing for Extreme Weather Conditions at Quebrada Blanca
  • Fort McKay Métis & Teck Sign Frontier Project Participation Agreement
  • Protecting Grizzly Bears near our Cardinal River Operations
  • Fort Chipewyan Métis & Teck Sign Frontier Project Participation Agreement
  • Reclamation Example: Reclamation Research at Fording River and Greenhills
  • Reclamation Example: Saving Soil at Greenhills
  • Reclamation Example:  From a Tailings Pond to a Trout Pond
  • Reclamation Example: Rehabilitating Historic Sites
  • Reclamation Example: Making a Mine Pit into an Aquatic Habitat
  • The Road to Safer Highways
  • Closure Example: Preparing for Life After the Sullivan Mine
  • Closure Example: Collaborating with Indigenous Peoples at Sä Dena Hes
  • Closure Example: Planning for Closure at Duck Pond
  • Closure Example: Cooperative Planning for Land Uses After Mining
  • In Conversation – Ktunaxa Nation Council and Teck discuss Impact Management and Benefits Agreement
  • Reducing Healthcare Acquired Infection Rates at Hospitals with Antimicrobial Copper
  • Teck Named to 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
  • Mapping the Migration of Harlequin Ducks
  • Tool Time at Teck: Employee Innovation Improves Safety and Reduces Maintenance Time
  • Population of Threatened Caribou Herd Triples Thanks to Penning Program
  • Behind the Pilot: LNG Truck Conversion at Fording River Operations
  • Teck Teams Excel at BC Annual Mine Safety Awards
  • Revving Up Engine Life
  • Greenhills Operations Receives National Safety Trophy
  • Improving Haul Truck Efficiency at Elkview Operations
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