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Engaging with Stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples

Engagement with our stakeholders — from local communities and Indigenous Peoples to investors and customers — helps to enhance our mutual understanding of interests, concerns and aspirations, and helps to strengthen relationships throughout the mining life cycle. Stakeholders are identified based on the degree to which they are affected by our activities and relationships, as well as by their ability to influence our achievement of our business objectives. In particular, stakeholder identification helps us to ensure we:

  • Understand the positive and negative impacts of our business

  • Understand the risks and opportunities — for stakeholders and our business — associated with these impacts

  • Manage these impacts in a responsible and effective manner

  • Understand the effectiveness of our management actions

Direct and Indirect Stakeholder Engagement and Management

Our direct engagement of stakeholders is organized into three broad levels: information disclosure, dialogue and participation. Our corporate teams also carry out direct engagement on an ongoing basis, which often includes engagement with government, industry associations, peers, shareholders and potential investors.

We carry out indirect engagement through the application of externally developed standards and frameworks that reflect stakeholder expectations. Our engagement with stakeholders is guided by our HSEC Management Standards and our Social Management and Responsibility at Teck (SMART) tools, and engagement outcomes are reported to the Safety and Sustainability Committee of our Board of Directors and to our HSEC Risk Management Committee.

Engagement with Local and Indigenous Communities

All of our operations, exploration sites, projects and closed properties identify, prioritize and directly engage local and Indigenous communities. Our work in this area is focused on:

  • Disclosing and appropriately communicating accurate and timely information
  • Maintaining an open dialogue, so all parties can fully understand each other’s views and concerns
  • Engaging in decision-making around our activities
  • Collaborating on issues of mutual interest
  • Securing and maintaining our social licence to operate

Those responsible for engagement with local and Indigenous communities are trained to take a people-centred approach to dialogue that is focused on relationships, rather than on issues. This helps ensure that engagement is productive and constructive, and that it directly contributes to the building and maintenance of long-term, trust-based relationships.

Table 4: Key Engagement Topics with Stakeholder and Indigenous Peoples Identified and Managed in 2018

Stakeholder

Description

Priority Engagement Topics in 2018

Our Workforce

 

Union, non-union, full-time and part-time employees, and contractors

  • Health, safety strategies and well-being
  • New technology and opportunities for innovation
  • Inclusion and diversity

Communities

 

 

Indigenous communities, non-Indigenous communities, community-based institutions, and those outside of project-and site-affected communities

  • Community investment and socio-economic development
  • Water quality or availability
  • Health and safety
  • Dust, noise and vibration issues
  • Human health impacts and remediation
  • Local procurement and employment
  • Participative community monitoring

Civil Society, Non-Governmental and Multinational Organizations

Regional, national and international organizations focused primarily on advocacy

  • Community investment opportunities
  • Global development topics
  • Payment transparency
  • Climate change and carbon pricing

Academic Institutions and Researchers

Academic institutions and research organizations

  • Research partnerships
  • Training programs

Governments

 

Local government body or institution, provincial/sub-national governments, and national/federal governments

  • Climate change and carbon pricing
  • Innovation
  • Environmental management including water quality, biodiversity, wildlife and land conservation
  • Employment and skills training
  • Transportation regulations
  • International trade
  • Environmental regulatory and permitting reform
  • Canada-U.S. transboundary affairs

Indigenous Governments and Communities

Agencies representing an Indigenous group, organizations run by/for an Indigenous group, Indigenous-controlled goods and service providers, and traditional land users

  • Agreement negotiation and implementation
  • Environmental aspects including water quality and access
  • Community investment opportunities
  • Protection of heritage sites
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Traditional knowledge and land use
  • Economic opportunities
  • Reconciliation

Commercial Interests

Joint ventures, large contractors and customers

  • Logistics and transportation
  • Materials stewardship
  • Supply chain sustainability

Industry Associations

 

Associations representing businesses (e.g., mining associations, sustainable business organizations)

  • Regulatory issues
  • Social issues and best practices
  • Environmental management
  • Business competitiveness

Investors

Institutional investors, other equity holders, debt holders and banks

  • Financial performance and state of the company
  • Social and Environmental management

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