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2016 Sustainability Report

The 16th annual Teck Sustainability Report covers the economic, social and environmental topics that were most important to communities and other stakeholders and to our business in 2016.

About Our Report

Through this report, we are focused on demonstrating the connection between our sustainability performance and financial performance. Our 2016 Annual Report provides further detail on our financial and operational performance. 

Our report is in Core accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and G4 Mining and Metals Sector Disclosures, and is aligned with the principles of integrated reporting

For more detailed information about our sustainability strategy or governance, follow the links below.  

Message from the CEO

We produce materials that are essential to a modern, sustainable society and that help improve the quality of life for people around the world. To do this responsibly, we focus on understanding and meeting the expectations of Indigenous Peoples, communities and other stakeholders while also taking into account the broader economic, social and environmental context in which we operate.
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Performance Highlights


in High Potential Incidents (HPIs) and zero fatalities


in community investments in areas near our operations and globally

9% Increase

in the number of women in operational and technical roles

17,000 TONNE

reduction of annual GHG emissions and reduced annual energy consumption at our operations by 350 terajoules   

Economic Material Topics

  • Economic Performance and Contributions
    Economic Performance and Contributions Economic performance, direct and indirect economic impacts, generating economic value, payments to government, local hiring and procurement practices, community investment.
  • Our Workforce
    Our Workforce Employee demographic profile, benefits, talent attraction, labour relations, retention, training and development, diversity and equal opportunity, non-discrimination, freedom of association, and collective bargaining.
  • Business Ethics
    Business Ethics 	Anti-corruption, public policy, compliance with laws and regulation (non-environmental), Code of Ethics.
  • Mine Closure
    Mine Closure	Planned or actual closure and related impacts on workers, local communities and the environment.

Spotlight on Economic Performance

As part of our strategic community investment plan, we donated $11.8 million to communities and organizations around the world in 2016, meeting our target of donating 1% of average annual earnings before taxes during the preceding five-year period.

Social Material Topics

  • Relationships with Indigenous Peoples
    Relationships with Indigenous Peoples Management approach and performance related to our work with Indigenous Peoples including engagement, agreements, benefits and disputes.
  • Community Engagement
    Community Engagement	Local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs; actual and potential impacts on local communities; disputes related to land or resource use of local communities; grievance mechanisms.
  • Human Rights
    Human Rights	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.
  • Health and Safety of Our Workforce
    Health and Safety of Our Workforce	Management approach and performance of health and safety including occupational health and hygiene.
  • Product Impacts
    Product Impacts Managing the actual and potential impacts of our products through product stewardship and materials stewardship.
  • Emergency Preparedness
    Emergency Preparedness Preventing and being prepared to respond to emergencies.

Spotlight on Social Performance

We believe that the best foundation for the establishment of stable, constructive and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous Peoples is through the development of clear and predictable benefit agreements. In 2016, 25 new agreements were reached with Indigenous Peoples, taking our total number of active agreements in place to 54.

Environmental Material Topics

  • Air Quality
    Air Quality Emissions and air quality control at our operations and in the transportation of our products. Includes ambient air quality and emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2).
  • Tailings and Mine Waste Management
    Tailings and Mine Waste Management Management approach and performance related to waste management, including the construction, operation and ongoing monitoring of the various health, safety and environmental risks and impacts associated with tailings storage facilities (TSFs) and waste rock facilities.
  • Energy and Climate Change
    Energy and Climate Change	Energy (fuel and electricity consumption and costs, energy intensity, energy-efficiency initiatives), climate risks and emissions (greenhouse gas emissions and other gas emissions).
  • Water Management
    Water Management	Approach to water management, water-related risks, and performance related to our water balance (total water withdrawal and discharge by source); water uses and proportion of reuse and recycle.
  • Biodiversity
    Biodiversity	Includes discussions of management approach and performance related to anticipating and minimizing impacts on species and ecosystems, as well as our approach and performance regarding remediation.
  • Environmental Management
    Environmental Management	Overall day-to-day environmental management, compliance with environmental regulations, compliance with permits, supplier environmental assessments, and transportation.

Spotlight on Environmental Performance

As part of our ongoing efforts to address climate change, energy reduction projects were implemented resulting in 1,550 terajoules of energy reductions since our baseline year of 2011. Implemented projects that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 217 kilotonnes to the end of 2016. 


Case Studies

  • Improving Aquatic Habitat at Greenhills with the First Calcite Management System in Canada
  • Safer Sanitation: the Kivalina Biochar Reactor
  • Growing Opportunities: Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery
  • A Supportive  Workplace for Everyone
  • Safe Haven – Protecting Vulnerable Species in Chile
  • Finding Common Ground: Collaborating with Local Communities for Quebrada Blanca Phase 2
  • A Fine Balance: Managing Water at Red Dog Operations in Northwest Alaska
  • Collaborating to Improve Community Health and Local Environment in Trail, British Columbia
  • Supporting SDG 13: Harnessing Solar Power at Quebrada Blanca Operations
  • Partnering to Maintain and Protect Outdoor Recreation Near Cardinal River Operations
  • Community Engagement in Dust Control at Carmen de Andacollo Operations
  • Promoting Use of Antimicrobial Copper in Health Care
  • Supporting SDG 8: Creating Opportunities in Alaska’s Northwest Arctic
  • Engaging Communities to Prepare for Closure of Coal Mountain Operations
  • Employee Recognition through the Excellence Awards
  • Safety Innovation at Coal Mountain Operations in support of our High-Potential Risk Control Strategy
  • Biodiversity Balance: Measuring our Net Positive Impact
  • Preparing for Extreme Weather Conditions at Quebrada Blanca
  • A Safe Distance: Improving Vehicle Safety at Highland Valley Copper Operations
  • Fort McKay Métis & Teck Sign Frontier Project Participation Agreement
  • Protecting Grizzly Bears near our Cardinal River Operations
  • Fort Chipewyan Métis & Teck Sign Frontier Project Participation Agreement
  • Reclamation Example: Reclamation Research at Fording River and Greenhills
  • Reclamation Example: Saving Soil at Greenhills
  • Reclamation Example:  From a Tailings Pond to a Trout Pond
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