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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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Human Rights

Human rights impacts can arise from business operations and, in certain cases, relationships with suppliers.1 There is a significant amount of national and regional legislation requiring companies to disclose that they identify, prevent and mitigate impacts on human rights and to indicate how they address potential impacts on human rights. As the regulatory landscape evolves, it is anticipated that more transparency in reporting and demonstration of due diligence with respect to human rights will continue to develop.

In recent years, ensuring that human rights are not being impacted has been a significant objective for the mining sector and a key aspect of sustainable development. Organizations such as the ICMM are fully supportive of the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Human Rights and were deeply involved in the consultations that led to their development.

Teck integrates human rights considerations into our social management approaches as well as our approaches to environmental management, health and safety, security and human resources. While Teck operates in jurisdictions that are characterized by generally stable and positive political and economic conditions, we recognize that the potential remains for our activities to impact human rights. Our reporting aligns with the UNGP in providing information on how our activities may affect human rights and how issues with human rights aspects are being addressed.

We are committed to improving systems for identifying potential human rights issues/risks and to managing and resolving these issues/risks and any human rights-related incidents, impacts and grievances. In 2019, Teck’s human rights performance was assessed against the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB). While Teck was assessed above the extractive industry average in its performance, this benchmark against the UNGP will help guide us in continual improvement of our practices and disclosure.


1 Putting people first: progress & priorities in corporate respect for human rights. World Business Council for Sustainable Development Issues Brief. 2018. (https://www.wbcsd.org/Programs/People/Social-Impact/Human-Rights/Resources/Putting-people-first-progress-priorities-in-corporate-respect-for-human-rights)

Our Approach to Human Rights

As adopters of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), we are committed to respecting the rights of our employees, the communities in which we are active, and others affected by our activities. We recognize that the nature of mining activities, whether in exploration, construction, operation or closure, create the potential for a wide range of human rights risks and we work to mitigate those risks. Where we have caused or contributed to adverse human rights impacts we will contribute to their remediation as appropriate.

Member companies of the UNGPs are expected to express risks and impacts to people and assess severity as an impact to that person rather than as a reflection of the resultant impact to business and reputation. Teck has a multi-disciplinary group called the Human Rights Working Group, whose purpose is to evaluate potential and actual impacts to people and human rights across the business.

We have adopted the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework to report on how we respect human rights in line with the Guiding Principles, and will use this framework to disclose our performance annually through our annual sustainability report.

Human Rights Management During Exploration

Prior to entering a country to conduct exploration activities, we assess a range of social risks associated with operating in each jurisdiction, including those relating to:

  • National security, including terrorism, social unrest, border conflict, religious conflict and ethnic conflict
  • Personal security, including kidnapping, extortion, hijacking and robbery
  • Personal health, including access to safe water, pollution levels, sanitation and disease

Based on the results of these assessments, we decide whether it is appropriate for us to pursue exploration activities in a given location.

Human Rights Management at Projects

Our approval process for new projects and major investments integrates social risk considerations, including risks to human rights, from the start. As a result, social and human rights issues are taken into consideration during project design, evaluation and decision-making.

Human Rights Management at Operations

Teck undertakes specific multidisciplinary human rights self assessments every two years with our operations to identify local issues of potential human rights risk. Teck has further integrated the consideration of human rights into our ongoing assessments of social risk and social management plans as part of our Social Management and Responsibility at Teck (SMART) Framework. Teck continues to focus corporate policy, guidance and best practice development on those human rights issues most salient to the company.

Human Rights Management in Joint Ventures (JVs)

Teck has several joint venture partners, including, for example, Newmont Corp. Teck partners with Newmont Corporation on NuevaUnión, a joint venture in the Atacama Region of Chile. Teck and Newmont Corporation are committed to ensuring that the project undertakes meaningful engagement with communities to better understand current human rights conditions and the risks and opportunities associated with human rights in the region. Newmont Corporation and Teck have a shared committee that is responsible for ensuring JV partners are represented in the Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) sphere.

The Board of Directors, through its Safety and Sustainability Committee, broadly oversees health, safety, environment and community policies, systems, performance and auditing, including implementation of our HSEC Management Standards. The Safety and Sustainability Committee Terms of Reference specifically includes the responsibility to manage the risks and responsibilities associated with human rights. Teck’s Board of Directors and senior management team regularly consider human rights impacts and risks associated with ongoing activities and material incidents.

Teck’s Human Rights Policy commits to respecting and observing all human rights contained in the International Bill of Human Rights (which includes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights); and the International Labour Organization’s Core Conventions. Teck assesses enterprise-level human rights risks in line with our current management plans on an ongoing basis and implements policy and practice improvements when possible. This commitment extends to Teck’s broader supply chain through its Expectations for Suppliers and Contractors.

The following senior leaders are accountable for management of human rights at Teck:

  • The Senior Vice President, Sustainability and External Affairs reports directly to our CEO and is responsible for sustainability, health and safety, environment, community, Indigenous affairs and human rights
  • The Vice President, Community and Government Relations leads activities related to social management and responsibility, community engagement and community investment, Indigenous affairs and human rights
  • Teck’s legal department is responsible for the oversight of the Human Rights Policy.

Teck has an internal Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) to align and focus efforts across the organization in support of embedding Teck’s Human Rights Policy. Members of HRWG work together to enhance Teck’s human rights management and reporting, to increase awareness and internal alignment on human rights, and to strengthen the network of human rights practitioners at Teck. This group is director-level and multi-disciplinary, and meets to learn about new initiatives in business and human rights as well to share best practices and efficiencies in their management approaches (ie training, impact identification, reporting tools). This group does not serve a governance role but rather one of peer learning and influence.

Key industry risks as defined by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Methodology 20192 are risks commonly regarded as potentially severe or likely within the extractives industry and that companies are expected to demonstrate, through a process of human rights due diligence, how they are preventing them or why they are not relevant.

Key Industry Risk

Approach to Managing the Key Industry Risk

Freedom of association and collective bargaining

See Our Approach to Relationships with Communities

Health and Safety

See Our Approach to Health and Safety

Indigenous Peoples rights and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

See Our Approach to Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

Land Rights – Resettlement

 

Although Teck’s requirement for resettlement has been limited to date, we recognize that it is a complex, personal and emotional process, requiring thoughtful consideration and management. When it is necessary, Teck conducts resettlements in compliance with accepted international standards, including World Bank Operational Policy 4.12 and the International Finance Corporation Performance Standard 5. Teck’s SMART Framework also includes a specific set of guidelines for resettlement planning that include the development of a socio-economic baseline and impact assessment, planning a census survey and an asset inventory, and providing guidance on engaging with those people affected by the project.

Land Rights- Artisanal or Small-Scale Miners

We regularly monitor our sites for the potential presence of artisanal or small-scale miners on or adjacent to our operations, particularly in Chile. Should these instances occur, our approach focuses on the improvement of health, safety and the environment as well as the community impacts of small-scale mining extraction. These efforts help strengthen the livelihoods of these miners by providing guidance on occupational safety and best practices, in collaboration with government. Such activities also seek to establish agreements between the small-scale miners and government on security, mining and rehabilitation.

Security

 

We have third-party security personnel at some of our sites, including Trail Operations, Antamina, Carmen de Andacollo and Quebrada Blanca. Where we have security personnel, contracts require adherence to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. Training for security personnel is completed annually, and is overseen on a regular basis by Teck’s Risk Group. Training also occurs if and when we change security companies at our operations.

As a member in the Mining Association of Canada our security practices are verified through the MAC TSM process annually. The standards to which we are verified are in line with the Voluntary Principles.

Water and sanitation

See Our Approach to Water Stewardship


2 These risks have been defined in the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Methodology document. https://www.corporatebenchmark.org/sites/default/files/CHRB%202019%20Methodology%20AGAPEX%2016Jan19.pdf

Identifying and Assessing Salient Human Rights Risks

Each year, Teck’s Human Rights Working Group identifies human rights risks and impacts through a saliency assessment. During the saliency assessment, we identify and prioritize the most significant human rights risks to individuals throughout our value chain so we can better focus our policies and programs that have the biggest impact on people impacted by our business activities.

In 2019, we conducted our saliency assessment in line with the UNGPs. This process included:

  • Desktop research including a review of relevant internal policies and procedures, peer review benchmarking, and a media scan. This review considered social, geographical and economic factors1 that influence our impacts on human rights
  • Internal stakeholder interviews from a diverse cross-section of Teck business areas, and reviews of our biannual operations human rights self assessments2
  • A workshop to prioritize the most significant human rights risks to individuals with multidisciplinary attendees

The output of the workshop included both a heatmap of salient risks and an action plan to prioritize activities for 2020. For more information, see the table ‘Human Rights Issues that are Salient to Teck’ in our 2019 Sustainability Report

Respecting rights remains a core objective across Teck’s operations and we continue to evolve our approach to manage impacts to people enterprise wide. Further information related to our commitments and management approach towards our impact on people can be found in in Our Approach to Health and Safety, Our Approach to Relationships with Communities, Our Approach to Relationships with Indigenous Peoples, and Our Approach to Diversity and Employee Relations.


1 Teck’s operations are in Chile, Canada and the United States and only one current operation is Fly in Fly out.
2 Our operations complete a biannual self assessment with the Human Rights Working Group chair that involves the General Manager of each operation and their nominees for Human Resources, Environment and Communities, and Supply management/ materials management/procurement. This information forms an input into our saliency assessments.

Grievance Mechanisms

We are committed to engaging with our communities of interest on our human rights impacts and to reporting on our performance. We expect our employees and contractors, as well as community members, to bring human rights concerns to our attention through our site-level feedback mechanisms and our Doing What’s Right hotline.5 Doing What’s Right is our program designed to maintain an ethical workplace and to ensure that our moral and ethical principles within our Code of Ethics are upheld. This program accepts complaints in the languages of all countries where Teck is active (see Our Approach to Business Ethics for more information). Our Doing What’s Right program prohibits retaliation against any person reporting a Concern in good faith, or participating in an investigation relating to a Concern. This program also serves as a practical measure to prevent intimidation of union representatives or workers. Individuals making a claim as part of this program are not required to waive any rights.

Support for State-Based Judicial and Non-Judicial Mechanisms

Teck does not impede access to state-based judicial or non-judicial mechanisms or other mechanisms (such as international mechanisms) for persons who make allegations of adverse human rights impacts. We do not require individuals to permanently waive their legal rights to bring a claim through a judicial process as a condition of participation in a grievance/mediation process with Teck. We also do not impede access by competent authorities investigating and adjudicating credible allegations of human rights impacts. We participate in non-judicial grievance mechanisms provided by the state where these are available to resolve grievances.

Responding to Negative Feedback and Incidents, Access to Remedy

All operations, major projects and exploration sites have implemented site based feedback mechanisms, which allow for the collection and responses of complaints or feedback. In some cases these complaints or feedback are related to actual or perceived human rights impacts.

Our operations6 state in their procedures the number of days they will take to acknowledge and respond to complaints. The system has a default countdown timer to encourage a 20 day response time for each of the complaints. A key new function of this system is a specific workflow to allow sites to record and monitor activities to remedy7 related to the complaint. This will support our ability to monitor the activities to remedy being offered in response to the complaints and to ensure that the remedy efforts reflect the severity of the complaint. See the Relationships with Communities chapter of our 2019 Sustainability Report for more information on how we respond to negative feedback and incidents.

6 Currently Red Dog is transitioning to an improved process of assessing feedback and determining remedy and will be co-designing a process with Communities of Interest in 2020. 
7 Remedy is a key component of the Guiding Principles and the concept is that the company should take actions to mitigate the impact to the person not just manage the business or legal risk related to the complaint.

 

Our Human Rights Policy outlines our commitment to respecting the rights of our employees, the communities in which we operate and others affected by our activities. We expect our suppliers and business partners, including joint venture partners, to share this commitment and to put in place policies and processes that support respect for human rights. The table below provides additional details on Teck policies that address particular human rights aspects.

Salient Human Rights, Teck Policies and Management Approaches 

Specific Human Right

Teck's Commitments

Relevant Policies, Management Approach and Targets

Right to Life 1

We are committed to respecting and observing all human rights, as articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the ILO Core Conventions.

 

Working together we can eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in the workplace; we will accept nothing less. Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy workplace. 

Teck’s Human Rights Policy

 

Teck’s Health and Safety Policy

 

Our Approach to Human Rights

 

Our Approach to Health and Safety

Right to Safe and Healthy Working Conditions2

We are committed to everybody going home safe and healthy every day.

 

We are committed to respecting and observing all human rights, as articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the ILO Core Conventions.

 

We are committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination where all employees can fulfill their potential based on merit and ability.

 

Teck respects and appreciates differences in age, ethnicity, Indigenous origin or heritage, gender, physical attributes, beliefs, language, sexual orientation, education, nationality, social background and culture or other personal characteristics.

 

Our Code of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Policy affirms our commitment to upholding high moral and ethical principles and specifies the basic norms of behaviour for those conducting business on its behalf. 

 

Our suppliers’ commitment to and fulfillment of the Supplier Expectations is a matter of paramount importance to Teck and will be assessed as a factor when Teck considers awarding commercial opportunities.

Teck's Health and Safety Policy

 

Teck’s Human Rights Policy

 

Teck’s Inclusion and Diversity Policy

 

Teck's Expectations for Suppliers and Contractors

 

Code of Sustainable Conduct

 

Our Approach to Health and Safety


Our Approach to Human Rights

 

Our Approach to Managing Sustainability in our Value Chain

 

Our Approach to Business Ethics

 

Right to Freedom of Association, assembly and collective Bargaining3

We are committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination where all employees can fulfill their potential based on merit and ability.

 

We diligently seek not to infringe, directly or through complicity in acts of others, on the human rights of our employees, workers in our supply chain, members of the communities where we operate, or others who are affected by our activities. We expect our suppliers and business partners to share this commitment and to put in place policies and processes that support respect for human rights.

 

Our Code of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Policy affirms our commitment to upholding high moral and ethical principles and specifies the basic norms of behaviour for those conducting business on its behalf. 

 

Our suppliers’ commitment to and fulfillment of the Supplier Expectations is a matter of paramount importance to Teck and will be assessed as a factor when Teck considers awarding commercial opportunities.

Teck’s Inclusion and Diversity Policy

 

Teck’s Human Rights Policy

 

Teck’s Code of Ethics

 

Teck’s Anti-Corruption Policy

 

Teck's Expectations for Suppliers and Contractors

 

Our Approach to Diversity and Employee Relations

 

Right to not be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour4

We diligently seek not to infringe, directly or through complicity in acts of others, on the human rights of our employees, workers in our supply chain, members of the communities where we operate, or others who are affected by our activities. Our Human Rights Policy affirms this commitment. We expect our suppliers and business partners to share this commitment and to put in place policies and processes that support respect for human rights, as affirmed in our Expectations for Suppliers and Contractors.

Teck’s Human Rights Policy

 

Teck's Expectations for Suppliers and Contractors

 

Our Approach to Human Rights

 

Our Approach to Managing Sustainability in our Value Chain

Right to non discrimination in employment/occupation5

We diligently seek not to infringe, directly or through complicity in acts of others, on the human rights of our employees, workers in our supply chain, members of the communities where we operate, or others who are affected by our activities.

 

We are committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination where all employees can fulfill their potential based on merit and ability.

Teck’s Human Rights Policy

 

Teck’s Inclusion and Diversity Policy

 

Our Approach to Human Rights

 

Our Approach to Diversity and Employee Relations

 

Our Approach to Managing Sustainability in our Value Chain

Right to adequate standard of living6

We strive to deal with everyone in a fair and open manner, and our employees strive to conform to the spirit and intent, as well as the technical requirements, of all contracts we enter into and all laws, regulations and rules that govern us.

 

We support sustainable development, and we willingly accept our responsibility to continuously improve our production practices to the benefit of our shareholders, employees, local communities and society at large.

 

We diligently seek not to infringe, directly or through complicity in acts of others, on the human rights of our employees, workers in our supply chain, members of the communities where we operate, or others who are affected by our activities.

Teck’s Code of Sustainable Conduct

 

Teck’s Human Rights Policy

 

Our Approach to Business Ethics

 

Our Approach to Human Rights

 

Our Approach to Managing Sustainability in our Value Chain

Right to Clean Water and Sanitation7  

We are committed to protecting water and the life it sustains by being an industry leader in water stewardship.

 

We diligently seek not to infringe, directly or through complicity in acts of others, on the human rights of our employees, workers in our supply chain, members of the communities where we operate, or others who are affected by our activities.

Teck’s Water Policy

 

Teck’s Human Rights Policy

 

Our Approach to Water Stewardship

 

Our Approach to Tailings Management

 

Our Approach to Human Rights

Right to Health8

We will identify and manage occupational health and hygiene exposures for the protection of longer term health. 

 

We are committed to working with suppliers who establish, maintain and rigorously enforce practices that are protective of worker health and safety. Suppliers’ personnel should be adequately trained, prepared and competent to perform their duties safely.

 

Actual and potential risks to worker health or safety should be identified, assessed and eliminated or managed throughout the activities involved in sourcing and supplying goods and the performance of services by suppliers.

Teck’s Health and Safety Policy

 

Teck’s Expectations for Suppliers and Contractors

 

Our Approach to Health and Safety

 

Our Approach to Water Stewardship

 

Our Approach to Human Rights

Right to Land9

We are committed to building respectful relationships through early, inclusive dialogue and collaborative processes.

 

We provide the resources to build the capacity of both Indigenous Peoples and Teck for meaningful dialogue.

 

We work to incorporate Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives and traditional knowledge into company decision making throughout the mining life cycle to enhance benefits and address impacts.

Teck's Indigenous Peoples Policy

 

Our Approach to Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

 

Our Approach to Relationships with Communities

Right to Self Determination1

We provide the resources to build the capacity of both Indigenous Peoples and Teck for meaningful dialogue.

 

We work to incorporating Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives and traditional knowledge into company decision making throughout the mining life cycle to enhance benefits and address impacts.

 

We are committed to working to achieve the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples when proposing new or substantially modified projects.

 

We are committed to working with Indigenous Peoples to achieve self-defined community goals that provide lasting benefits.

Teck’s Indigenous People’s Policy

 

Our Approach to Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

 

Our Approach to Relationships with Communities

Right to enjoy just and favorable conditions of Work10

We are committed to conducting our business in an honest and ethical manner.

 

We are committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination where all employees can fulfill their potential based on merit and ability.

 

We are committed to upholding high moral and ethical principles and we specifies the basic norms of behaviour for those conducting business on our behalf (e.g. contractors). 

Code of Sustainable Conduct

 

Teck’s Inclusion and Diversity Policy

 

Code of Sustainable Conduct

 

Our Approach to Managing Sustainability in our Value Chain

Right to take part in cultural life6

We provide the resources to build the capacity of both Indigenous Peoples and Teck for meaningful dialogue.

 

We work to integrate Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives and traditional knowledge into company decision making throughout the mining life cycle to enhance benefits and address impacts.

Teck’s Indigenous Peoples Policy

 

Teck's Health and Safety Policy

 

Our Approach to Health and Safety

 

Our Approach to Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

 
1 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
2 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR.
3 UDHR, ICCR, ICESCR, ILO
4 UDHR, ICCPR, ILO.
5 UDHR, ICCPR, ICESCR,, International Labour Organization Core Conventions (ILO)
6 UDHR, ICESCR
7  Resolution A/RES/64/292. UN General Assembly, July 2010, Resolution A/RES/70/169, UN General Assembly, December 2015
8 ICESCR
9 UDHR (privacy and property). ICCPR (no forced eviction). ICESCR (no forced eviction).
10 UDHR, ICESCR

The Board of Directors, through its Safety and Sustainability Committee, broadly oversees health, safety, environment and community policies, systems, performance and auditing, including implementation of our Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Management Standards. 

The following senior leaders are involved in implementing the management of human rights:

  • The Senior Vice President, Sustainability and External Affairs reports directly to our CEO and is responsible for sustainability, health and safety, environment, community, and Indigenous affairs

  • The Vice President, Community and Government Relations leads activities related to social management and responsibility, community engagement and community investment, and Indigenous affairs

Teck has an internal Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) to align and focus efforts across the organization in support of Teck’s Human Rights Policy. Members of HRWG work together to enhance Teck’s human rights management and reporting, to increase awareness and internal alignment on human rights, and to strengthen the network of human rights practitioners at Teck. 

Table 1: Human Rights Working Group Members

Activity

Team at Teck

Member of HRWG

Hiring and training security personnel and protecting assets

Risk, Security and Insurance

Director, Risk, Security & Loss Control

Ensuring everyone goes home safe and healthy every day 

Health and Safety

Director, Health and Safety

Impacting and managing water 

Environment

Director, Permitting and Closure

Supporting employees, working with unions

Human Resources

HR Business Partner, Talent Management

Procuring goods/services

Legal & Operating Excellence

Corporate Counsel

Building major projects

Project Development Group

Director, Project Services

Ethics and anti-corruption programming 

Legal Counsel

Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Spokane

Working with communities

Community and Government Relations

Director, Social Management and Responsibility

Working with Indigenous Peoples

Corporate Counsel

Working with communities and Indigenous Peoples

Director, Social Management and Responsibility, Chile

Supporting employees, working with unions

Human Resources

Director, Human Resources, Chile

Internal communication

Corporate Affairs

Manager, Internal Communications

We play an active role in working with our industry sector partners such as the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in identifying and sharing best practices in human rights. We are committed to respecting human rights defenders, and we do not condone any form of attack against them or anyone who opposes our activities. We expect our business partners to share this commitment and to implement practices that reflect a respect for these human rights.

We also work with established human rights specialist groups, such as Business for Social Responsibility and Shift, to evaluate our strategies and support improvement in human rights management.

Teck works with numerous local, national and international organizations and programs to support human rights:

 

Embedding Human Rights

We conduct ongoing due diligence to identify, prevent, mitigate and remedy any adverse human rights impacts. This takes place through annual corporate human rights reviews to identify Teck’s most salient human rights issues, through operations-level human rights assessments taking place every two years, and through regular social risk assessments. Identified risks are integrated into management plans and activities as outlined in our SMART toolkit. Significant risks related to human rights are acted upon and responses, communicating how issues are being addressed, are tracked.

Direct impacts of HSEC risks, including human rights risks, are assessed at our operations through the mandatory use of our risk matrix consequence table. All our operations update their risk registers annually, including express consideration of impacts to communities and people. This consideration includes actual and perceived impacts, as well as duration and remediability.

 

As a responsible company operating globally, we are committed to respecting and observing all human rights. We are committed to engaging with our communities of interest on our human rights impacts through our SMART Framework and other activities, and to reporting on our performance.

Our Sustainability Strategy guides our long-term approach to relationships with communities across the organization. In 2019, we conducted broad engagement with employees and external stakeholders to identify and prioritize global trends and issues and set a new sustainability strategy, including new goals related to communities.

For more information on our existing and new sustainability strategy goals, see the Sustainability Strategy section of our website.

Type

Organization

Items Reviewed

External

Mining Association of Canada: Towards Sustainable Mining assurance

  • Community of interest (COI) identification
  • Effective COI engagement and dialogue
  • COI response mechanism
  • Reporting

External

International Council on Mining and Metals: Sustainability Report assurance

  • Total number of significant disputes relating to land use and the customary rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples
  • Principle 3: Respect human rights and the interests, cultures, customs and values of employees and communities affected by our activities

Following each of these types of assurance, applicable management teams use the results to inform future actions and Teck’s five-year planning process.

We report on our performance against these indicators and our progress towards our human rights management on an annual basis in our sustainability report.

Our Performance in Human Rights in 2019

Embedding Human Rights

We manage the potential and actual human rights impacts across our business, in areas such as Health and Safety, Security and Risk, Human Resources, Contracts and Procurement, and Community Relations. Teck is focused on ensuring that human rights perspectives are integrated into our broader social management practices. We believe that awareness and active management of human rights-relevant issues should be aligned with our broader approaches to managing social performance across the business.

We work to ensure Teck’s Human Rights Policy is recognized and applied across the company, with our suppliers and business partners through promotion of our policy, integration with other policies, and integration into communication and training.

In 2019, we participated in advancing the ICMM development of initiatives targeting improved human rights practice, specifically in the topics of: security and human rights, community support and economic opportunities for communities.

Training

In 2019, we developed new content on respecting human rights and Indigenous rights for integration into our enterprise-wide Respectful Workplace training. The training will be piloted with selected business areas in 2020. Where we have security personnel, contracts require adherence to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. Training for security personnel is completed annually and is overseen on a regular basis by Teck’s Risk Group. Training also occurs if and when we change security companies at our operations.

Resolving Human Rights-Related Feedback and Incidents

A consistent and rigorous approach to feedback and grievances is not only fundamental to ensure strong social management overall, but also ensures that any issues with actual or potential human rights implications are identified and acted upon. If issues or new risks are identified, they are brought to the attention of senior leadership through our HSEC Risk Management Committee and Teck’s Safety and Sustainability Committee of the Board.

In 2019, we undertook an in-depth review of our existing community feedback guidance and tools as part of our commitment to strengthen our rights-based approach to social management. The review included a comprehensive gap analysis of our guidance against the UNGP, other international standards and industry best practice. The review also included the creation of site-level tools to review the effectiveness of feedback mechanisms and to screen any complaint with a human rights lens. These tools will help us identify strengths and gaps in the current design and implementation of site mechanisms, and enable us to focus on improvements in the most critical areas.

In 2019, there was no significant feedback received through Teck’s complaints tracking system where the complainant specifically referenced a concern for their human rights. However, feedback was received on topics that are relevant to human rights (including rights associated with local health, access to water, local livelihoods, safe and just working environment, etc.). In all cases acknowledgement of the complaint was provided, as well as effort to remedy within a time-bound process. 

Of the three significant disputes reported for 2019, one may be considered to have linkages with human rights. At Quebrada Blanca Operations, complaints to the Chilean National Contact Point specifically raised alleged concerns with labour relations and environmental management practices as human rights concerns.

In 2019, there were no significant incidents where human rights were explicitly cited as cause of incident. However, we did identify three moderate or major events where human rights were potentially impacted. This includes events at our Carmen de Andacollo and steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley affecting access to water and potential impacts to subsistence activities at Red Dog Operations resulting from a wildlife interaction.

More detail on the above instanced of feedback, significant disputes or relevant incidents are discussed in the Relationships with Communities page.


Outlook for Human Rights

In 2020, we will remain committed to respecting and observing human rights and to aligning our practices with the UNGP. We will continue to drive governance, policy and reporting through continued identification of human rights issues and risks, with a specific focus on updating human rights assessments as well as expanding awareness through training for employees and senior management. We will also focus on renewing our human rights assessments at operations, continual improvement of our feedback and incident management processes, integration of human rights into employee training and continue efforts to integrate human rights due diligence aspects into existing social management, human resource and supply chain management practices.


Teck

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with business units focused on copper, zinc, steelmaking coal and energy.