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2015 Sustainability Report

The 15th annual Teck Sustainability Report covers the economic, social and environmental topics that were most important to communities and other stakeholders and to our business in 2015.

About our Report

Through this report, we are focused on demonstrating the connection between our sustainability performance and financial performance. Our 2015 Annual Report provides further detail on our financial and operational performance. 

In line with the fourth version of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines, our report and the website content are structured around Teck’s material topics and is in accordance with G4 Core. 

For more detailed information about our sustainability strategy or governance, follow the links below.  

Message from the CEO

As we reflect on 2015 and look to the year ahead, it is clear that the mining industry is facing increasing pressures across all facets of our business. Despite a prolonged and severe downturn in global commodities markets, Teck and its people maintain a dedicated and disciplined approach to managing economic, social and environmental risk. It is this dedication and discipline that defines who we are as a responsible resource company and, importantly, how we act in an ever-changing world.
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Performance Highlights


in High Potential Incidents (HPIs) and zero fatalities


in wages and benefits to employees


the number of times water is reused and recycled at our mining operations

200,000 TONNE

reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions and 1,200 terajoule reduction in energy use since 2011 

Economic Material Topics

  • Economic Performance and Contributions
    Economic Performance and Contributions Economic performance, indirect economic impacts, local hiring and procurement practices.
  • Our Workforce
    Our Workforce Diversity and equal opportunity, employment, labour relations, non-discrimination and training/development.
  • Business Ethics
    Business Ethics 	Anti-corruption, general compliance with laws and regulations, compliance for product responsibility, public policy.
  • Mine Closure
    Mine Closure	Mine closure planning and related impacts on workers, local communities and the environment

Spotlight on Economic Performance

As part of our strategic community investment plan, we donated $16.7 million to communities and organizations around the world in 2015, meeting our target of donating 1% of average annual earnings before taxes during the preceding five-year period.

Social Material Topics

  • Health and Safety of Our Workforce
    Health and Safety of Our Workforce	Employee health and safety, including occupational health and hygiene.
  • Engaging with Indigenous Peoples
    Engaging with Indigenous Peoples	Indigenous Peoples engagement, agreements and benefits.
  • Community Engagement
    Community Engagement	Engaging with local communities, positive and negative impacts (e.g. employment, economic opportunities, infrastructure), and grievance mechanisms.
  • Human Rights
    Human Rights	Actual or potential impacts to the human rights of people affected by our activities, including those in our supply chain or living near operations.
  • Product Impacts
    Product Impacts Managing the actual and potential impacts of our products throughout their lifecycle.
  • Emergency Preparedness
    Emergency Preparedness Emergency preparedness, particularly in the context of tailings management.

Spotlight on Social Performance

We believe that the best foundation for the establishment of stable, constructive and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous Peoples is through the development of clear and predictable benefit agreements. In 2015, seven new agreements were reached with Indigenous Peoples, taking our total number of active agreements in place to 34. 

Environmental Material Topics

  • Tailings and Mine Waste Management
    Tailings and Mine Waste Management Tailings management, including construction, operation, and ongoing monitoring of tailings storage facilities.
  • Water Management
    Water Management	Water use, selection of water sources and protecting against water quality impacts, in the context of balancing the needs of multiple local water users and global water concerns.
  • Air Quality
    Air Quality Emissions and air quality control and monitoring at our operations and in the transportation of our products.
  • Energy and Climate Change
    Energy and Climate Change	Energy usage and efficiency improvements, climate action and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Biodiversity
    Biodiversity	Actual or potential effects on high biodiversity value species and ecosystems, as well as our approach and performance in reclamation.
  • Environmental Management
    Environmental Management	Day-to-day environmental management, including compliance with environmental regulations and permits, and environmental assessments.

Spotlight on Environmental Performance

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve air quality and reduce dust in the Andacollo region of Chile, our Carmen de Andacollo Operations began implementing a detailed Atmospheric Decontamination Plan with Chile’s Ministry of Environment and municipal government officials. Under the plan, we are targeting a 65% reduction in dust emissions over the next two years.


Case Studies

  • 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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