From exploration through to closure, everything we do at Teck involves communities. That’s why community is the foundation of our approach to sustainability.
We build strong relationships and create lasting mutual benefits based on respect for what communities value.
For each of our sustainability focus areas, we established short and long-term goals out to 2030. We are currently working to achieve our 2020 short-term goals, and recently completed our 2015 goals.
This topic includes achieving support from local communities, community disputes, community engagement, positive and negative impacts (e.g., employment, inflation, and infrastructure), grievance mechanisms for impacts on society.
Teck is committed to helping build healthy, vibrant communities in the areas where we operate. Through Teck’s community investment program, we contribute to charitable organizations, institutions and initiatives that strengthen communities. Teck targets strategic community investments in sustainable community development projects and initiatives with both local and global relevance. Our goal is to address community priorities that align with our business objectives to create shared benefit from our community investments. We focus our contributions in four categories: health, education, environment, and community.
Teck’s Zinc & Health program is making a real difference in the lives of people at risk of zinc deficiency, which contributes to the death of 450,000 children every year. Our partnership with the chemical company BASF has provided 100 million people with access to zinc-fortified staple foods to improve nutrition. And our work with the Zinc Alliance for Child Health – our partnership with the Government of Canada and the Micronutrient Initiative – has helped provide life-saving zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS) to 22 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
This topic includes anticipating and preventing impacts on the human rights of the people foreseeably touched by our activities, particularly people in our supply chain and living near our operations.