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From exploration through to closure, everything we do at Teck involves communities. That’s why community is the foundation of our approach to sustainability.

Our Vision for Community

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

Our Vision in Action

  • Fort McKay Métis & Teck Sign Frontier Project Participation Agreement
  • Fort Chipewyan Métis & Teck Sign Frontier Project Participation Agreement
  • Reclamation Example: Saving Soil at Greenhills
  • 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
  • Helping Chilean Communities Rebuild After Floods
  • Collaborative Land Use Planning at Highland Valley Copper
  • Collaborating on Closure Planning at Duck Pond Operations
  • Studying Traditional Plant use at Highland Valley Copper
  • Supporting Indigenous Students in Canada
  • Engaging with Communities in Turkey
  • Partnering to Create Value
  • Teck Partners with UN Women to Empower Indigenous Women in Chile
  • Crocodile Rock
  • Working Together to Help During a Crisis
  • Supporting Youth in Northwest Alaska
  • Bringing Unique Opportunities to Students in Alaska
  • Saving the Lives of Children in Senegal
  • Our Goals

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Progress Against Our 2015 Goals

    Goal: Establish uniform measures to assess social risk and performance and manage activities.

    Performance Summary
    Completed of social baselines, assessments and risks including human rights risk assessments at 100% of operations, development projects and advanced exploration sites where determined to be needed to inform the development of community engagement plans.

    2015 Highlights
    Continued work towards implementation of community aspects of our HSEC Management Standards and expanded our use of Social Management and Responsibility at Teck (SMART) tools to 100% of operations, including integration of social considerations into closure planning.

    Goal: Implement policies and frameworks to guide interactions with Indigenous Peoples.

    Performance Summary
    Negotiated agreements with the majority of Indigenous Peoples near our operations. In 2015, there were 34 active agreements with Indigenous Peoples in place.

    2015 Highlights

    • Established an Indigenous Peoples Policy.
    • Completed Cultural Awareness Training at nine of 12 (75%) of operations.

    Goal: Put processes in place to maximize community benefits and collaboration.

    Performance Summary
    Developed and implemented a community investment strategy and feedback mechanisms which are in place at 100% of our operations.

    2015 Highlights

    • Provided enabling funds to Red Dog Operations Subsistence Committee to attend government engagement sessions on regulatory changes and co-funded dialogue training for NANA Regional Commission’s resource technicians and shareholder development specialists.
    • As part of our strategic community investment plan, we donated $16.7 million to organizations around the world in 2015, meeting our target of donating 1% of average annual earnings before taxes during the preceding five-year period.

    Community Engagement

    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.

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    Community Investment

    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.

    Zinc & Health

    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.

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    Engaging with Indigenous Peoples

    This topic includes management approach and performance related to our work with Indigenous Peoples including engagement, agreements, benefits and disputes.

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    Human Rights

    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.

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    Economic Performance and Contributions

    This topic includes economic performance, indirect economic impacts, local hiring and procurement practices, community investment.

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    Mine Closure

    This topic includes planned or actual closure planning - and related impacts on workers, local communities and the environment.

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    Emergency Preparedness

    This topic includes preventing and preparing for emergencies, particularly in the context of tailings management.

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