We have third-party security personnel at some of our sites, including Trail, 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.
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 Financial 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.
Artisanal and 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 the government. Such activities also seek to establish agreements between the small-scale miners and the government on security, mining and rehabilitation.
Human Rights Management at Operations
Teck undertakes specific multidisciplinary human rights impact 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 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 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 in Joint Ventures
We ensure that human rights impacts are identified and addressed in collaboration with our joint venture partners. Teck has several joint venture partners, including, for example, Goldcorp. Teck partners with Goldcorp on NuevaUnión, a joint venture in the Atacama Region of Chile that combines the former El Morro and Relincho projects. Teck and Goldcorp 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.