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.
We continually improve air quality for the benefit of workers, communities and the environment in areas affected by our activities.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Air page
We achieve a net positive impact on biodiversity in areas affected by our activities.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Biodiversity page
We build strong relationships and create lasting mutual benefits based on respect for what communities value.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Community page
We take action to reduce GHG emissions by improving our energy efficiency and implementing low-carbon technologies.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Energy and Climate Change page
We engage and develop our people, and ensure everyone goes home safe and healthy every day.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Our People page
We contribute to the balance between social, economic, recreational and cultural benefits of water resources, within ecologically sustainable limits.
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.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Water page
The 16 material topics discussed in our 2016 Sustainability Report and the focus areas in our sustainability strategy are interrelated, and each demonstrates our approach to sustainable development. However, they differ in two ways: the purpose, and the process through which the material topics and focus areas are determined.
Material Topics: are those that reflect our most significant economic, environmental and social impacts or that substantively influence the assessments and decisions of our stakeholders. Material topics are determined on an annual basis through our materiality assessment, guided by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The primary purpose of evaluating and selecting material topics is to determine what will be included in our sustainability disclosures for a given year.
Focus Areas: are broader issues that have a material impact on our business and communities of interest, that represent an area of significant opportunity and/or risk and that require company-wide internal engagement. Focus areas are reviewed regularly and formally updated every five years through internal and external engagement as described above; our materiality assessment serves as an input into this process.
Alignment and Differences