Appendix B - Our Memberships, Alliances, and Resources
The concepts and tools of sustainable development are constantly evolving; therefore we regularly review and modify our sustainability strategy as new best practices and issues emerge.
To share best practices with our peers, we maintain formal membership in the following sustainability-related organizations:
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) – BSR helps member companies integrate sustainability into their business strategy and operations through consulting, research and events. We have drawn upon BSR's extensive knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by the extractives industries to enable us to assess and address emerging sustainability issues.
Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) - Founded in 1995, CBSR is a non-profit, member-led organization mobilizing Canadian companies to make better-informed business decisions, improve performance and contribute to a better world. We participate in CBSR’s Extractives Expert Series with other oil and gas and mining companies.
International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) - This CEO-led initiative, formed in October 2001, represents leading international mining and metals companies. We are committed to implementing the ICMM Sustainable Development Framework.
Mining Association of Canada (MAC) - Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) is a program for improving industry performance through the alignment of actions with the priorities and values of Canadians. As a MAC member, we conducts self-audits at our Canadian operations and are subject to third-party verification audits in accordance with TSM standards for social and environmental responsibility.
Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) -
MABC represents the collective needs and interests of B.C.’s mining industry, promoting its future growth and development. MABC promotes the economic and social value of mining by liaising with government, regulators and the industry. We are active in MABC committees and work with MABC members to discuss issues of common concern.
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) – UNGC provides a framework for businesses committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally-accepted principles spanning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. We became a participating company in April 2007.
Leadership Council of the Research Network for Business Sustainability (RNBS) - Comprised of representatives from the federal government, non-governmental organizations and Canada’s key industrial sectors, the RNBS meets annually to discuss pertinent sustainability issues. We are a corporate member representing the mining industry and work in collaboration with other Canadian industry leaders to discuss important sustainability issues.
Excel Partnership - Excel concentrates on helping organizations improve business performance supported by management systems covering Quality, Environment, Health and Safety and Information Security.
We are actively committed to working with and participating in activities related to the following organizations:
Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) – The EITI aims to strengthen governance by improving transparency and accountability in the extractives sector. We are a supporting company and disclose payments to EITI countries as required. Antamina is our only operation that is presently active with EITI. Antamina is committed to reporting official payments and taxes for review by independent auditors. Transfers to the Antamina Mining Fund are not reported here but are available on the Antamina website.
Resources and Certifications
Our sustainability report has been developed in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicators as well as the 2009 Draft GRI Mining and Metals Sector Supplement. Our policies and practices are informed by the following standards, resources and certifications:
AA1000 - AccountAbility's standards, the AA1000 Series, are principles-based standards that provide the basis for improving sustainability performance. We adhere to AA1000 standards to guide our process of sustainability reporting.
AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standards - The AA1000 SES advances the right of stakeholders to be heard and an organisation’s commitment to adequately respond to their concerns. We use AA1000 SES as one of several standards guiding the development of our corporate-wide stakeholder engagement program.
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) - CDP provides a coordinating secretariat for institutional investors with a combined $57 trillion of assets under management. On behalf of investors, CDP obtains information on business risks and opportunities presented by climate change, as well as greenhouse gas emissions data from the world's largest companies.
Environmental Excellence in Exploration (e3 Plus) - Developed by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), e3 Plus is a framework for responsible exploration. The framework integrates exploration with social responsibility, environmental stewardship and health and safety. We incorporated the PDAC framework into the development of our EHSC Management Standards and the Social Management and Responsibility Toolkit (SMART) for Exploration.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol for Calculating Emissions - The GHG Protocol for emissions inventory calculations is derived from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The Mining Association of Canada has developed worksheets for GHG calculations using these protocols. We use the MAC spreadsheets to calculate GHG emissions, ensuring that our accounting is conducted in accordance with international standards.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - The GRI pioneered what is now the world’s most widely-used sustainability reporting framework, based on a balance of economic, environmental, and social issues. We apply GRI's "G3 Guidelines" and the Mining and Metals Sector Supplement (2009 G3 draft version) to ensure that our sustainability report presents a complete and accurate picture our operations.
International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability -IFC applies social and environmental performance standards to all projects financed by the IFC and Equator Principle Finance Institutions in order to minimize impacts on the environment and on affected communities. The Performance Standards help define our Management Standards and associated Guides and Tools.
International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 - The ISO 14000 environmental management standards exist to help organizations manage impacts to air, water, or land. As at July 2010, 11 out of 13 operations had attained or maintained ISO 14001 certification. All remaining operations are working towards certification with the exception of operations with less than three years to closure.
ISO 26000 – Now published in their final form, the ISO 26000 standards seek to establish common guidance on corporate social responsibility concepts, definitions and methods of evaluation for voluntary use by organizations in both developed and developing areas of the world. The standards help define our social responsibility strategies.
Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC) Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Initiative - has performance indicators on Tailings Management, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management, External Outreach, and Crisis Management. TSM is a strategy for improving the mining industry’s performance by aligning its actions with the priorities and values of the mining industry in Canada under the guidance and advice of the Community of Interest Advisory Panel, an independent external advisory committee representing various communities of interest. Our Canadian operations undergo annual self-verification and external verification against the performance areas every three years.
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) − Targeted for 2015, eight different MDGs range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. The goals form a blueprint agreed to by all UN Member States and the world’s leading development institutions; we use the MDGs as a guide for our sustainable development vision, and have tied our community investment program to measurable progress on MDGs.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises - These voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct address a variety of issues including: employment and industrial relations, human rights, environment, information disclosure, combating bribery, consumer interests, science and technology, competition and taxation. We apply the OECD Guidelines to inform our research on international best practices.
International Labour Organization (ILO) − The ILO is a tripartite UN agency uniting member governments, employers and workers in common pursuit of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. We incorporate several ILO standards (e.g. child/forced labor, indigenous and tribal peoples’ issues, minimum wage and overtime, and working ages) into our labour standards and practices.
United Nations Declaration of Human Rights − 30 articles outline the view of the General Assembly on human rights for all people, which we publicly support and apply to guide our business practices. This informed the development of our Human Rights Management Standard in the EHSC Management Standards.
Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights - These Voluntary Principles assist companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within a framework that ensures respect for human rights. Teck ensures that all security personnel have appropriate training and apply the Voluntary Principles.