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.
The initiative will offer training programs that focus on building social, political and economic empowerment and help increase participation of women in the mining industry locally. The details of the program will be developed in cooperation and with input from Indigenous communities and women in the region.
The partnership is aligned with Teck’s commitments to working cooperatively on initiatives that support Indigenous communities and strengthen the representation of women in mining and across industry. Teck will make a $1 million investment in the partnership over the course of the two-year agreement.
“We are proud to be working in partnership with UN Women to improve the quality of lives of Indigenous women in the northern regions of Chile,” said President and CEO Don Lindsay. “When we work together to help empower women and Indigenous Peoples, it makes a positive difference for families, communities and society as a whole.”
Teck’s Carmen de Andacollo and Quebrada Blanca operations are located in Coquimbo and Tarapacá, respectively, both regions in northern Chile. Project Corridor, the 50/50 joint venture between Teck and Goldcorp is also located in the Region of Atacama in northern Chile.