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UN Sustainable Development Goals

Through our activities and initiatives, Teck is helping achieve progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Launched in September 2015, the SDGs consist of 17 ambitious goals that aim to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges and shift the world onto a sustainable path. Meeting the SDGs by 2030 will require cooperation and collaboration among governments, NGOs, development partners, communities and the private sector. The interactive wheel below highlights Teck’s activities and partnerships related to the SDGs.

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

We contribute to the prosperity of the communities, regions and countries where we operate by creating employment opportunities, supporting local businesses through procurement of goods and services, community investment and payments to governments. We focus on facilitating long-term economic opportunities coupled with strategic community investments to encourage lasting positive benefits.

Examples of our work:

Teck employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide, with many of those jobs located in remote or rural areas with limited economic opportunities. In 2016, we paid $1.4 billion in wages and benefits. We also focus on local procurement and spending to generate regional benefits, with over one quarter of all our procurement spend with locally-based suppliers.

Teck’s support of a UNICEF pilot project to train rural health workers in Namibia was the catalyst for $18 million in government funding to scale up the program nationwide. Today, 1,500 health workers are paid a government salary and have helped reduce child mortality in remote and rural regions of Namibia.

In 1989, Teck launched an innovative operating agreement with the Indigenous Iñupiat people in Northwest Alaska to develop the Red Dog Mine and create jobs and economic opportunities. Over $5 billion in local benefits – including wages and royalties – have been generated since mining began, and Red Dog directly creates about 550 high-paying local jobs in a remote area of Alaska with few economic opportunities. 

 

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

As part of our Zinc & Health program, Teck is supporting improved nutrition and more sustainable agriculture through increased use of zinc supplements and zinc fertilizer for crops. Zinc is an essential micronutrient for human health and crucial for normal growth and brain development. Each year, nearly 450,000 children die as a result of not having enough zinc in their diets. Millions more suffer from complications associated with zinc deficiency, including stunted growth and a weakened immune system that leaves them unable to fight illness. 

Examples of our work:

Teck supports an innovative crop nutrition project with China’s Ministry of Agriculture to promote sustainable agriculture. Adding zinc to fertilizer has been demonstrated to increase crop output, improve food security and increase the nutritional quality of crops. Nearly 45% of children in China suffer from zinc deficiency and do not get enough nutrients in their diet. By reaching our target of increasing zinc usage in fertilizer by 20,000 tonnes in 2016, approximately six million children in China will see improved zinc in nutrition.

Teck is a founding member of the Zinc Alliance for Child Health, a $25 million initiative that is scaling up access to life-saving zinc treatments, improving local supply chains and training health care workers to strengthen health systems in sub-Saharan Africa and India. To date, 44 million episodes of childhood diarrhea have been treated with zinc and oral rehydration salts as a result of ZACH, and 60,000 health care workers have been trained about the importance of zinc for child health.

Teck is a founding partner of The 25th Team, a network of Canadian women who have committed $6 million to advance UNICEF’s maternal and child health interventions and reduce preventable deaths. The Government of Canada has matched every dollar, making it a $12 million movement for maternal and child health. As a result of 25th Team funding, UNICEF will help ensure improved nutrition, birth registration and stronger health systems for 3.8 million mothers and children by 2020.

 

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Health and safety is a core value at Teck and we ensure that all employees and contractors have the knowledge and ability to safely perform their duties. We identify and manage occupational health and hygiene exposures for the protection of longer-term health. Teck is also supporting improved health and well-being at the global level through our Zinc & Health program. We are working in partnership with international organizations to end preventable deaths of children under the age of five by ensuring that life-saving zinc treatments reach the children who need it most.

Examples of our work:

Courageous Safety Leadership (CSL) is a values-based approach that challenges existing values, beliefs and attitudes toward safety, and builds commitment from individuals to work safely and foster safe practices at our operations. CSL was introduced in 2009 and today, more than 16,000 employees and contractors across Teck’s operations have participated in the intensive day-long program to instill a culture of safety. Learn more about Courageous Safety Leadership 

Teck’s comprehensive Health and Wellness program aims to bring health and wellness initiatives together with resources across the company to ensure that everyone goes home safe and healthy every day.

Teck’s Zinc & Health program is working to reduce zinc deficiency and save the lives of children around the world. As a result of our Zinc Alliance for Child Health partnership with the Government of Canada, UNICEF and the Micronutrient Initiative, more than 22 million children have received life-saving zinc treatments.

Teck is a founding partner of The 25th Team, a network of Canadian women who have committed $6 million to advance UNICEF’s maternal and child health interventions and reduce preventable deaths. The Government of Canada has matched every dollar, making it a $12 million movement for maternal and child health. As a result of 25th Team funding, UNICEF will help ensure improved nutrition, birth registration and stronger health systems for 3.8 million mothers and children by 2020.

Through Teck’s Copper and Health Program, Teck contributed $2.5 million to the redevelopment of the Intensive Care Unit at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). As part of this redevelopment, the VGH Intensive Care Unit is the first healthcare facility in Canada to outfit horizontal surfaces – nursing station desks and counters inside the patient’s room – with a copper oxide-infused surface material to reduce bacteria by 99%. This has the potential to significantly reduce the spread of healthcare-acquired infections in the ICU unit and save lives.

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Teck supports a range of programs to increase access to educational opportunities in the communities and regions where we operate. We also provide leadership, training, skills development and mentoring for our employees to keep them engaged, now and in the future. 

Examples of our work:

Teck has established and contributes to numerous bursaries, scholarships and endowments to ensure greater access to education, including the Teck Resources Limited Bursary (British Columbia Institute of Technology), Undergraduate Student in Mining Scholarship (Canadian Mineral industry Education Foundation), Teck Alaska Scholarship (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Chair in Mineral Processing Systems (University of Alberta), NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (University of British Columbia), Teck Chair in Exploration Geophysics (University of Toronto), and the Teck Canadian Aboriginal Bursary.

We support training of skilled tradespeople through our support for programs like the College of the Rockies (COTR) Mining Apprenticeship Program. Depending on the trade, the prospective apprentices enter a three- to four-year program, and take six to 10 weeks of classes at the COTR, with the remainder of the year spent at our steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley for on-the-job training.

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

We believe that diversity in our company and across industries is important. We have implemented programs to increase diversity within Teck, and support training and education opportunities focused on women in the areas where we operate. We know that a broad range backgrounds and perspectives builds stronger, more resilient companies. Since 2010, the number of women in technical or operational roles at Teck has increased by 57%. 

Examples of our work:

We are committed to removing barriers and fostering the recruitment, retainment and promotion of women at Teck. In 2016, we developed and released an Inclusion and Diversity Policy, endorsed by our Board of Directors and senior management team, and aligned with our values and existing corporate charters and policies.
 
Teck is part of Women in Mining Canada’s work to develop a national action plan to increase the participation of women in mining.
 
Teck has partnered with UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, to develop a program that will create opportunities for skills development for Indigenous women and help strengthen Indigenous communities in the north of Chile. Teck will make a $1 million investment in the partnership over the course of the two-year agreement.

Teck supports the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), a non-profit society whose mission is to educate, energize and empower female entrepreneurs. Women entrepreneurs who have participated in FWE programing have seen an average annualized revenue growth of over 40% in their business and 90% of all participating companies are still in business – well above the national average of 50% after 5 years.

The Zinc Alliance for Child Health (ZACH), a partnership between Teck, the Government of Canada, the Micronutrient Initiative and UNICEF, has supported the recruitment, development, training and retention of health workers in sub-Saharan Africa, the majority of them female. As a result of ZACH’s ongoing advocacy, many of these women are now paid a government salary and are no longer volunteers.

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

We work to be a leader in water stewardship by moving beyond compliance towards collaborative water management practices that focus on sustaining and restoring water resources. Our approach to water management is based on three key elements: maintaining water quality, collaborating with our communities of interest to ensure the fair allocation of water and using water efficiently.

Examples of our work:

We are committed to the safe and environmentally responsible development, operation and management of tailings storage facilities. We maintain site-specific Tailings Management Systems that conform to or exceed industry standards of practice, that demonstrate responsibility and leadership through the commitment and actions of our employees, and that are developed through consultation with communities of interest.

Access to clean and sufficient water by users in our areas of influence is important to us and to our communities of interest. Two of our operations are located in regions where water is scarce, and it has been particularly important for us to consider our neighbours’ water needs at these locations. We are implementing various strategies to manage our impacts on local water availability at our Carmen de Andacollo Operation, and at Quebrada Blanca Operations and the associated Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 project.

We continuously work on optimizing our water use and minimizing our impact. In 2013, we developed site-specific water balances at each of our operations and reported on our company-wide water balance for the first time. Our water balances consist of data on the volume of water input, use, reuse, recycling and outputs at each operation. 

We have worked collaboratively with First Nations, local communities, non-governmental environmental organizations, various regulatory bodies and a multi-party technical advisory committee to develop an Elk Valley Water Quality Plan for our five steelmaking coal operations in British Columbia, Canada. The aim of the plan, which was approved in by the Government of British Columbia in November 2014, is to address the impact of selenium and other substances released by mining activities, with the goal of maintaining the health of the watershed and ensuring continued sustainable mining in the region.

Our commitment to water stewardship is embodied in our Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Management Standards and our sustainability strategy. Our Water, Ecosystems and Biodiversity management standard defines our company-wide approach to managing water, including engaging with communities, training employees, developing and implementing water management plans and collaborating with local and global organizations. 

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Teck is taking action to reduce GHG emissions, improve our energy efficiency and implement low carbon technologies. Since 2011, we have reduced GHGs by over 217,000 tonnes annually at our operations, and implemented over 30 megawatts of alternative power, including wind and solar energy.

Examples of our work:

The Wintering Hills Wind Power Facility, a 50-megawatt wind power facility in Alberta, Canada, is Teck’s first major investment into renewable energy. Our 49% share of power generation from Wintering Hills in 2015 was 136 GWh, enough power to provide 85,000 tonnes of CO2-equivalent credits. 

We are implementing measures to make our haul trucks more efficient, reducing diesel use and GHG emissions. We have reduced the amount of time that a haul truck waited to be loaded by one minute, thereby saving 40,000 truck hours and 450,000 litres of diesel, which also reduced CO2 emissions by 1,200 tonnes. 

Teck partnered in the construction of SunMine solar project, located on Teck’s former Sullivan Mine site. SunMine is Western Canada’s largest solar power facility and the first solar project built on a reclaimed mine site. Teck provided use of the land and site infrastructure as well as a $2 million contribution towards SunMine, which uses 4,032 solar-cell modules mounted on 96 solar trackers that follow sun movement to maximize solar exposure. 

In 2013, our Quebrada Blanca Operations partnered with AES Gener, a producer and distributor of electricity in Chile, to guarantee a supply of solar power for the next 20 years. This partnership is part of the strategic development of renewable energy sources for current activities at the operation as well as future activities at Quebrada Blanca Phase 2.

Teck’s Quebrada Blanca Operations in Chile have partnered with the Ministerial Secretariats of Education and energy to develop a renewable energy education program for local schools.  After completing the program, students will be able to utilize knowledge about solar and wind power by working at local energy companies. 

Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

The generation of high-quality employment and creation of local economic opportunities are among the most important benefits Teck provides to the communities where we operate. In 2016, we distributed approximately $8.6 billion in economic value as defined by the Global Reporting Initiative.

Examples of our work:

Teck operations and sites create high-quality employment opportunities. These jobs create benefits in the form of salaries and local spending and also by providing valuable skills and experience. Many of our operations are also located in remote regions, where access to jobs, skills development and economic opportunities are otherwise limited. For example, our Red Dog Operations in northwest Alaska is the largest private sector employer for the region, and the primary source of revenues to local government.

Gaining employment at our operations can create important and lasting benefits for individuals. These include competitive compensation, training, experience and long-term career development and, by extension, long-term financial security for the families of our employees. In addition, employment at our operations provides additional economic benefits to the communities where we operate, due to the increased purchasing power of employees and our efforts to stimulate the local economy through local procurement.

Teck approach to leadership development is primarily focused on three programs: Leading for the Future, Leading for Excellence and Emerging Leaders. These programs and the development of our leaders are critical to the future success of our company, as many of our current leaders will retire soon. Moreover, we rely on our leaders to develop the people we need to deal with current and future business challenges.

In 2016, we had 54 active agreements with Indigenous communities in Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru and the United States, which include a wide array of our activities from early stages of exploration through to closure.  These agreements range from Memoranda of Understanding to full Impact Benefit Agreements to comprehensive Development and Operating Agreements. 

Teck has partnered with the Elk Valley communities of Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood, as well as with local First Nations, through the Elk Valley Economic Initiative (EVEI). Teck operates five steelmaking coal mines that employ approximately 4,000 people in this region, and we have a vested interest in ensuring the Elk Valley has a healthy economy. The EVEI is working to promote and advance regional economic development initiatives, including addressing infrastructure gaps, workforce developing and training, and business diversification. 

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Teck is a global supplier of materials – steelmaking coal, zinc and copper – that are an essential part of building resilient infrastructure.  We also work with communities in the areas where we operate to support sustainable growth and development of local infrastructure and other community initiatives. We support innovation through our investments in research & development in areas including metal refining, water treatment and clean power generation and storage.

Examples of our work:

Teck supplies the building blocks needed for developing infrastructure and improving the quality of life for people around the world:

  • Steel is required for everything from clean energy generation like wind or solar power to transportation alternatives like rapid transit, buses and hybrid vehicles. But when left unprotected, steel will corrode in almost any environment. 
  • Zinc is primarily used as a coating on steel to protect it from corrosion, which prolongs the service life of steel products significantly.
  • Copper is essential for some of society's most important functions, including electrical wiring and plumbing. It is required to build homes, factories, hospitals, office buildings, wind turbines, trains, jets and automobiles.

Teck has launched an innovative pilot project to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel source in haul trucks at our Fording River Operation in southeast B.C., making it the first use of LNG as a haul truck fuel at a Canadian mine site. There is the potential to eliminate approximately 35,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually at Teck’s steelmaking coal operations and potentially reduce fuel costs by more than $20 million annually by adopting LNG and diesel hybrid fuel across the operations.

With our focus on supporting renewable energy, Teck is the primary investor in the development of clean battery technology through ZincNyx Energy Solutions, a start-up that is working to develop and commercialize zinc-air flow batteries. For Teck, this represents an opportunity to facilitate the development of a technology that could have broad implications for the way energy is generated and used.

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

At Teck, we work to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.  Teck supports and promotes a work environment at our offices and operations around the world within which individuals are treated with respect, provided with equality of opportunity based on merit and kept free of all forms of discrimination as outlined in our Inclusion and Diversity PolicyCode of Ethics, Code of Sustainable Conduct and Charter of Corporate Responsibility.  Our activities and operations also generate high-quality employment and create local economic opportunities in communities where we operate, many of which are located in remote and rural regions.

Examples of our work

Teck operations and sites create high-quality employment opportunities. These jobs create benefits in the form of salaries and local spending and also by providing valuable skills and experience. Many of our operations are also located in remote regions, where access to jobs, skills development and economic opportunities are otherwise limited. For example, our Red Dog Operations in northwest Alaska is the largest private sector employer for the region, and the primary source of revenues to local government.

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

We support the resiliency and sustainability of communities by investing in locally-identified priorities for economic and social development. In addition, we work to responsibly close mining operations by developing viable, long-term and appropriately diverse post-closure land uses and supporting communities, including former employees, in their “post-mine” transition. In the area of safety, we take an industry best-practice approach on priorities such as environmental responsibility and tailings management. 

Examples of our work:

Responsibly closing our sites and managing our legacy properties plays an important role in protecting biodiversity and the lands where mining once took place. Closure plans are developed in consultation with communities and designed to mitigate environmental and social impacts, such as economic losses, resulting from closures. Our goal is to leave communities better off as a result of mining having occurred. 

Kimberley, British Columbia was once home to the world’s largest lead-zinc-silver mine, operated by Teck. When the mine closed in 2001, there was concern around the loss of jobs and economic activity. With Teck’s support, the community recognized that the surrounding landscape and existing recreational amenities provided the opportunity to develop a tourism economy. Today, Kimberley is world-class example of how a community can thrive beyond mine closure. As a four-season tourism destination and home to several golf courses, a conference centre and walking and biking trails, it attracts both tourists and a variety of new business opportunities.  

Trojan Pond at our Highland Valley Copper Operations is a reclamation success story. Today, the pond and surrounding area is primarily used for wildlife habitat and recreational fishing; but between 1981 and 1988 it was a tailings pond, created to store the pulverized rock that remains after the mining process. The healthy aquatic ecosystem is now home to a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, bears, deer and rainbow trout, and to a fly fishing derby for local residents every summer.

We believe that strong environmental management is vital for present and future generations. Within our Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Management System, our HSEC Management Standards and our environmental audit program help drive continual improvement and assessment of compliance with environmental regulations. Across all of our operations, our focus is on comprehensive environmental management that facilitates effective environmental stewardship. 

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

To strengthen our performance in sustainability in our business, Teck has established a comprehensive sustainability strategy with goals that stretch through to 2030 in each of our six sustainability focus areas: Community, Our People, Water, Biodiversity, Energy and Climate Change, and Air. These focus areas represent the most significant challenges and opportunities facing our company in the area of sustainability. 

Examples of our work:

Teck has a comprehensive Sustainability Strategy and publishes an annual Sustainability Report. The strategy establishes short- and long-term improvement goals in key areas, while our report covers our sustainability performance and issues, as well as our approach to managing them.  

We are committed to managing the potential impacts of our products while maximizing their value. We use our technology and expertise to support and advocate for the responsible use, reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal of materials. Managing the impacts of our products requires a thorough understanding of the properties of our products and our supply chain, which allows us to more effectively minimize impacts, engage with our communities of interest and gain market access. 

We employ life cycle thinking to understand the potential risks and impacts of our products, beginning with the extraction of raw material from the earth, through to processing, transportation and customer use. An example of how life cycle thinking is influencing our actions and decisions is the Deleterious Elements Require Thought (DERT) project of our Exploration department. The DERT program helps flag, in the exploration phase, above-normal levels of deleterious elements that may impact the value of the products from the ore body or create environmental or processing issues. This program helps ensure that information on deleterious elements is incorporated into project assessments.

We are focused on recycling at our operations and sites. In 2015, we recycled 40,800 tonnes of material compared to 37,797 tonnes in 2014 and 73,270 in 2013. We also have focused on reducing our use consumables in part to further reduce associated waste.  

 

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

We are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy efficiency, implementing low carbon technologies and advocating for carbon pricing. Furthermore, we advocate with governments for equitable and effective carbon pricing policies to reduce emissions that extend across jurisdictions and sectors.

Examples of our work:

Teck has partnered with organizations worldwide to work together on the challenge of climate change. Teck is a signatory to the Paris Pledge for Action in support of reducing emissions and achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

We are reducing GHG emissions from our activities. Since 2011, we have implemented projects and initiatives that have reduced our emissions by approximately 217,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions as of the end of 2016. We are also improving energy efficiency. Since 2011, our efforts have resulted in reduction projects totaling 1,550 terajoules.

We are improving energy efficiency. Since 2011, our efforts have resulted in reduction projects totaling 1,200 terajoules (TJ), meeting and exceeding our 2015 goal of implementing reduction projects that reduce energy consumption by 1,000 TJ. 

We have established short- and long-term energy and GHG targets to drive improvements in energy efficiency and to reduce our GHG emissions. We are implementing energy and GHG reduction projects and sharing best practices in energy management among our operations to achieve our goals and contribute to global efforts to reduce emissions. We have also set goals that drive investment in alternative energy generation, including investments that ultimately contribute to the transition to a lower carbon energy future.

We are investing in research and building alternative power generation technology. We are partners in a large scale wind power facility in Alberta and a community solar farm in B.C., and are assessing other opportunities to build and source alternative power generation for our other sites. We set a 2015 goal of 30 megawatts (MW) of alternative energy generation, and set a 2030 goal to expand that portfolio to 100 MW. To meet our targets, we continue to explore opportunities for the procurement of alternative energy sources.

As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce C02 emissions and fuel costs, Teck has started piloting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel source in six haul trucks at our Fording River Operations – marking the first use of LNG as a haul truck fuel at a Canadian mine site. There is the potential to eliminate approximately 35,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually at Teck’s steelmaking coal operations and potentially reduce fuel costs by more than $20 million annually by adopting LNG and diesel hybrid fuel across the operations.

In 2013, our Quebrada Blanca Operations partnered with AES Gener, a producer and distributor of electricity in Chile, to guarantee a supply of solar power for the next 20 years. This partnership is part of the strategic development of renewable energy sources for current activities at the operation as well as future activities at Quebrada Blanca Phase 2.

 

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Teck recognizes the critical importance of protecting our marine environment and has partnered with various institutions and communities to support initiatives to improve research and conservation connected with ocean and marine resources. 

Examples of our work

One of the strongest examples of our work with communities and Indigenous peoples near marine environments is our Red Dog mine in Alaska. Teck and NANA Regional Corporation have established a Subsistence Committee to minimize and manage potential impacts on hunting and gathering. We work cooperatively to ensure employment and economic opportunity for the local Iñupiat people, while protecting the coastal and marine environment and their traditional lifestyle. 

In 2012, Teck committed $12.5 million to the Vancouver Aquarium in support of its conservation, research and education efforts to advance water stewardship. The funding helps provide educational programming and research focused on conservation issues principally related to water and aquatic habits. 

Teck was a lead corporate donor for the development and completion of the UBC Earth Sciences Building, which opened in 2012 and is now a centre for education and research, including being home to the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.

At Teck, we support responsible marine shipping. A significant amount of our steelmaking coal is shipped through Neptune Terminals, a facility in which we have a 46% ownership interest. In 2012, Neptune Terminals was the first West Coast terminal in Canada to be certified by Green Marine, a voluntary environmental program for the Canadian and American marine industry. 

Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems

We operate in regions that have high biodiversity value, including tropical and arctic areas, boreal forests and deserts. We work to achieve a net positive impact on biodiversity by maintaining or re-establishing self-sustaining landscapes and ecosystems that lead to viable long-term and diverse land uses in the areas in which we operate. 

Examples of our work:

In 2014, Teck undertook a unique conservation initiative in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia, purchasing approximately 7,150 hectares of private lands in the Elk Valley. It was one of the single biggest private sector investments in land conservation in British Columbia’s history and will protect the lands for wildlife and fish habitats for years to come. The lands that have been protected provide important habitat for numerous species, including grizzly bear, elk, mountain goat, and bighorn sheep, and hold significant cultural value for the Ktunaxa First Nation and local communities.

Teck has also contributed $2 million to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to help conserve a 127-hectare parcel of land on the shore of Columbia Lake, B.C. The area represents a key habitat for bighorn sheep, elk and a number of rare and endangered species. Protecting this land will connect over 7,600 hectares of protected land to create critical wildlife corridors.

Since the 1980’s, Teck has helped transfer more than 380 bighorn sheep from our Cardinal River Operations (CRO) to various jurisdictions throughout North America to help rebuild depleted herds. Most recently, working in conjunction with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development and Nebraska Fish and Wildlife, we facilitated the collection and transfer of 41 bighorn sheep to Nebraska. That state’s bighorn sheep population began to decline in the late 1800s due to loss of habitat, unregulated hunting, and disease. Efforts to rebuild the population began in the late 1970s and continue to this day. 

Through engagement with our Communities of Interest, we integrate interests and partner with NGOs and government to inform our approach to biodiversity conservation. Some of our work in protecting species at risk include grizzly bears, caribou and Harlequin ducks.

Our reclamation activities, which are managed by environmental officers at each operation, focus on conserving biodiversity. This work can include the development of diverse wildlife habitats, annual wildlife surveys and aerial seeding in mined-out areas. Our goal is to replace much or most of the structural and compositional diversity of the natural habitats that existed before we developed our mines, creating a positive legacy for the environment and nearby communities.

As a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals, we are committed to not explore or develop in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Currently, none of our operations or projects are located within areas protected by UNESCO or IUCN; however, the road between Red Dog Operations and its port facility passes through the Cape Krusenstern National Monument, an IUCN category III protected area.

Using a combination of databases to identify global conservation priorities and geographic information systems, we have identified protected areas, areas of high biodiversity value, and species at risk that occur within 25 kilometres of our operations and major development projects. We determined that these characteristics exist within or adjacent to all of our operations; this information is an important input into the development of biodiversity management plans for each operation.

Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

We conduct our business in an honest and ethical manner, and support international efforts to strengthen ethical business practices and transparency in industry. We expect our employees to deal with everyone in a fair and open manner and to conform with the spirit and intent, as well as the technical requirements, of all contracts that we enter into as well as with all laws, regulations and rules that govern us. Our approach to business ethics is guided by our Code of Ethics, which is implemented through our Doing What’s Right program, supported by our anti-corruption policy and practices, and has provisions for conflicts of interest. We maintain and implement a tax policy and disclose our engagement in public policy. 

Examples of our work:

We have carried out Human Rights Assessments (HRAs) at all operations to identify and analyze where there may be human rights risks and, if risks were present, their associated impacts. The process was based on the engagement of multi-disciplinary groups at each operation, including those drawn from Environment, Procurement, Communities and Human Resources. 

We engage in and support the work being done to fight corruption by supporting international frameworks such as the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). We participate in the EITI through our ICMM membership and more information can be found on our website. Our Code of Ethics requires that we conduct global business in a moral and ethical manner, and that employees comply with all applicable laws. Under our anti-corruption compliance policy, payments, charitable donations, travel expenses, gifts and entertainment may not be made to government officials to assist us in obtaining or retaining business, nor can employees provide payments, gifts or entertainment that are prohibited by applicable country or local laws. 

Doing What’s Right is a Teck program designed to maintain an ethical workplace. This code specifies the types of behaviours required on the job that will ensure our business is conducted with honesty, integrity and respect.

We provide anti-corruption training to employees who may be exposed to corruption risks due to the nature of their work. For example, employees who work with government officials or who could potentially have contact with government officials are required to complete an anti-corruption training program. 

Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable developments

At its core, sustainability is about relationships between communities, corporations, civil societies and governments. Sustainable development is driven by innovation, partnership and a commitment to sharing best practices. It is through global partnerships that we can create meaningful change and strengthen implementation.

Examples of our work:

We participate in a number of organizations that help guide sustainability practices in our industry, including the International Council on Mining and Metals and the Mining Association of Canada. Additionally, we work with international bodies that aim to improve sustainability performance across sectors, such as the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Global Compact. We have also partnered to enhance our contribution to biodiversity conservation and knowledge, manage supply chain risk and improve the health and environment of communities where we operate and around the world. 

Through our Zinc & Health program, Teck has partnered with UNICEF, Nutrition International and the Government of Canada to create the Zinc Alliance for Child Health (ZACH). This public-private-civil society partnership is scaling up the use of zinc and oral rehydration salts for the treatment of diarrhea, the second leading cause of death in children under the age of five. To date, more than 44 million episodes of childhood diarrhea have been treated with zinc and oral rehydration salts as a result of ZACH, and 60,000 healthcare workers have been trained in order to strengthen healthcare systems in high-burden communities.

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