At Teck, we know that our diversity—the many different and unique things we individually and collectively bring to work each day—contributes to building a stronger workforce and makes us a better company. We consciously work to create an environment that respects and values the diversity of the people and communities around us.
Teck respects and appreciates differences in ethnicity, Indigenous origin or heritage, gender, physical attributes, beliefs, language, sexual orientation, education, nationality, age, social background and culture or other personal characteristics.
This focus on inclusion and diversity is rooted in our company’s core values of integrity and respect. It is also explicitly reflected in our Inclusion & Diversity Policy; Code of Ethics; Code of Sustainable Conduct; and Indigenous Peoples Policy.
At the same time, we also recognize that systemic racism exists, and that industries and corporations – including Teck – need to do more to improve diversity and representation at all levels.
Our commitment to inclusion and diversity begins with our Board of Directors, which considers diversity in the selection criteria for new board members and senior management team appointments. An Executive Inclusion and Diversity Committee guides development of our strategy and is focused on taking steps to further strengthen our diversity and ensure Teck is a truly inclusive workplace.
Those steps include:
- Improving the representation of under-represented groups at Teck including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Asian, Black, and all people of colour (BIPOC), persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community;
- Expanding training in intercultural competency with a focus on Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives and traditional knowledge, conflict resolution, human rights and anti-racism;
- Ensuring inclusion of underrepresented groups in engagement processes at operations, projects and corporate offices;
- Expanding unconscious bias training programs;
- Supporting procurement from businesses operated by Indigenous Peoples, women and other under-represented groups;
- Creating opportunities for dialogue where people can safely share their perspectives and experiences with the goal of building awareness and a more inclusive culture;
- Improving internal processes for tracking data on under-represented employee groups within Teck; and
- Collaborating with industry peers and other companies to share best practices and enhance inclusion and diversity across the mining sector and beyond.
There is an urgent need to eliminate systemic racism. We know we still have a lot more work to do and a long way to go. Teck is committed to listening, to improving, and to striving for a diverse and inclusive workplace that better reflects the communities where we live and work.