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Engaging with Stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples

Engagement with stakeholders — including investors, customers and local communities — and Indigenous Peoples helps to enhance our mutual understanding of interests, concerns and aspirations, and strengthens relationships. Stakeholders are identified based on the degree to which they are affected by our activities, by our relationships with them and by their ability to influence the achievement of our business objectives. In particular, stakeholder identification helps us:

  • 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

Teck conducts direct engagement, which involves speaking and working directly with stakeholders, as well as indirect engagement, which involves reviewing publications that reflect our stakeholder expectations. Our direct engagement with stakeholders is carried out on an ongoing basis, and is organized around three levels: disclosure, dialogue and participation. We carry out indirect engagement through the application of externally developed standards and frameworks. Our engagement with community stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples is guided by our Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Management Standards, and our Social Management and Responsibility at Teck (SMART) tools. 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

  • Creating social value and maintaining our ability to operate

  • Understanding the potential impact of our activities on the rights of Indigenous communities

Those responsible for engagement with local communities and Indigenous Peoples are trained to conduct dialogue that is focused on building and maintaining relationships and addressing issues important to those communities. This helps enable engagement that is productive and constructive, and that directly contributes to the building and maintenance of long-term, trust-based relationships. Our engagement with our workforce, communities, civil society and Indigenous Peoples also supports our commitments to respecting human rights and Indigenous rights across Teck.

Key Engagement Topics with Stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples Identified and Managed in 2020:



Priority Engagement Topics in 2020

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Our Workforce


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

  • Health and safety strategies
  • COVID-19 response and support
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Bargaining and collective agreements
  • New technology and opportunities for innovation

Pages 51, 80

Investors, Financial Institutions

Institutional investors, other equity holders, debt holders, banks and credit rating agencies

  • Financial and operational performance
  • Social and environmental management
  • Climate change and carbon pricing
  •  COVID-19 impact and response
  •   Project execution
  • Capital allocation
  • Governance
  • Developments in financial markets
  • Sustainability-linked financial products

See the 2020 Annual Report for information on financial and operational performance






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

  • Community investments, including those in response to COVID-19
  • Water quality and/or availability
  • Health and safety
  • Dust, noise and vibration issues
  • Local procurement and employment
  • Participative community monitoring
  • Tailings management
  • Biodiversity management
  • Permitting activities

Pages 61, 68

Civil Society, Non-Governmental and Multinational Organizations

Regional, national and international organizations focused primarily on advocacy

  • Community investment opportunities
  • Global development topics
  • Public health partnerships, including those in response to COVID-19
  • Transparency on the payments we make to governments and others
  • Climate change and carbon pricing
  • Cultural heritage

Pages 19, 68, 100

Academic Institutions and Researchers

Academic institutions and research organizations

  • Research partnerships, including those in response to COVID-19
  • Training programs

Pages 68, 80



Local government bodies or institutions, provincial/sub-national governments and national/federal governments

  • Industry competitiveness
  • Climate change and carbon pricing
  • Innovation
  • Environmental management
  •  Transportation regulations
  • International trade and development
  • Environmental regulatory and permitting reform
  • Taxation policy and reform

Pages 19, 100

Indigenous Governments and Communities

Formal governance structures representing Indigenous communities and organizations, including businesses identified by Indigenous communities and traditional land users

  • Traditional knowledge and land use
  • Indigenous rights and free, prior and informed consent
  • Agreement negotiation and implementation
  • Environmental aspects, including water quality and access
  • Economic opportunities
  • Reconciliation
  • Cultural heritage
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Community investment opportunities
  • Subsistence and local livelihoods

Pages 61, 68

Commercial Interests

Joint venture partners, large contractors and customers

  • Logistics and transportation
  • Materials stewardship
  • Supply chain sustainability
  • Health and safety
  • Responsible mining practices
  • Technology and innovation

Pages 46, 51, 96

Industry Associations


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

  • Regulatory issues
  • Social issues and best practices
  • Environmental management
  • Business competitiveness
  • Health and safety
  • Tailings management
  • Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Cultural heritage

Pages 29, 46, 51, 61, 68



As one of Canada’s leading mining companies, Teck is committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, zinc, and steelmaking coal, as well as investments in energy assets.