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 age, ethnicity, Indigenous origin or heritage, physical and mental abilities, beliefs, language, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, education, nationality, social background and culture or other personal characteristics.
This focus on inclusion and diversity is rooted in our company’s core values of inclusion and respect. It is also explicitly reflected in our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy; Indigenous Peoples Policy; Code of Ethics; and Code of Sustainable Conduct.
At the same time, we also recognize that systemic racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination exist, and that industries and corporations – including Teck – need to do more to improve diversity and representation at all levels. Teck is committed to eliminating everyday sexism and racism, which are often precursors to more serious misconduct, discrimination, and violence.
Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion begins with our Board of Directors, which considers diversity in the selection criteria for new board members and senior management team appointments. An Executive Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee guides development of our strategy and is focused on taking steps to further strengthen our diversity and ensure Teck is a fair and 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 LGBTQ2S+ 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 under-represented groups in engagement processes at operations, projects and corporate offices;
Expanding training programs on a range of equity, diversity and inclusion related topics, including but not limited to unconscious bias;
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, sexism, harassment and discrimination in all its forms. 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.