At Teck, the pursuit of sustainability guides our approach to business. Over our more than 100-year history, we have learned that responsible mining and mineral development are fundamental to our long-term success.
Sustainability is embedded in our operational practices. Although there were many examples of environmental stewardship, health and safety initiatives, and community engagement throughout our history, in 2009 we established a cross-functional group to develop a coordinated approach to sustainability, culminating in the launch of our sustainability strategy in 2011.
Our sustainability strategy sets short-term goals to 2020 and long-term goals to 2030 in six focus areas representing the most significant sustainability issues and opportunities facing our company: Community, Water, Our People, Biodiversity, Energy and Climate Change, and Air. A focus area is a topic that has a material impact on our business and communities of interest, represents an area of significant opportunity and/or risk, and requires company-wide focus and engagement.
Our strategy is integrated into decision-making by embedding it into management standards, into remuneration and into corporate, site and employee annual plans and objectives. Corporate, site and employee objective-setting and evaluation processes are updated to reflect the broader performance objectives set out in our strategy to align priorities at all levels of the company.
Throughout the year, our senior management team and the Safety and Sustainability Committee of the Board review performance against our sustainability strategy and approve future actions. As we move forward, we are focused on achieving our sustainability goals while managing emerging risks and embracing opportunities that increase our competitiveness and contribution to sustainable development.
We continually improve air quality for the benefit of workers, communities and the environment in areas affected by our activities.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Air page
We achieve a net positive impact on biodiversity in areas affected by our activities.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Biodiversity page
We build strong relationships and create lasting mutual benefits based on respect for what communities value.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Community page
We take action to reduce GHG emissions by improving our energy efficiency and implementing low-carbon technologies.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Energy and Climate Change page
We engage and develop our people, and ensure everyone goes home safe and healthy every day.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Our People page
We contribute to the balance between social, economic, recreational and cultural benefits of water resources, within ecologically sustainable limits.
Water Quality: Keep clean water clean, minimize water quality deterioration, and take care of affected water resources
Water Quantity: Minimize water use per unit of production and transition to alternative water sources
Water Stewardship: Contribute to water use planning in our areas of influence.
For more information on our work towards achieving goals in this focus area, see the Water page