Silver Sponsor Gender Equality Profile
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with business units focused on steelmaking coal, copper, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, we own or have an interest in 12 operating mines, one large metallurgical complex, and several major development projects in Canada, the United States, Chile and Peru.
We work to create long-term value for shareholders, employees and society through safe and sustainable resource development, building partnerships and focusing on performance.
Inclusion and Diversity at Teck
We believe our workforce should reflect the diversity of the communities where we operate and that an inclusive and diverse workforce allows for more informed decision making. In 2016, we developed and released an Inclusion and Diversity Policy, endorsed by our Board of Directors and senior management team and aligned with our values and existing corporate charters and policies. We recognize 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 a better company.
Fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce contributes to innovation through exposure to increased perspectives and ideas; helps attract a broader pool of candidates and improved employee retention; builds a stronger workforce that is engaged and contributing to Teck’s social and economic goals; and better reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate.
Women at Teck
Teck recognizes that historically, women have been underrepresented in the mining sector. Currently, 14% of our workforce is female, up from 12% in 2010. We are working to increase the number of women across our organization, with a focus on leadership, technical and operational roles. The number of women in technical or operational roles has increased 57% over the past 5 years, from 439 in 2010, to 688 in 2015. The number of female engineers has grown 95%, and those in geoscience fields has increased by 28% in the same time frame. In 2010, we began measuring data on the number of women in leadership roles, and since then, that number has climbed from 47 to 127 in 2015 – a 170% improvement.
Promoting Equality and Diversity at Teck
Teck has implemented a number of programs and initiatives to support diversity and help strengthen diversity across our operations.
One of the programs that has helped to attract and retain a greater number of women at Teck is the Mining and Refining for Women project at our Trail Operations. The goal of this project – which includes an overall 30-month coaching/mentorship program – is to identify workplace barriers and increase opportunities for women in the mining and resource sectors in positions ranging from front-line operations to technical and professional roles. Learn more at (http://www.teck.com/news/stories/2016/mentorship-for-women-at-teck-trail-operations)
Teck also takes a partnership approach to advancing gender equality in the communities and countries were we operate. For example, UN Women and Teck entered into a US$1 million partnership in 2016 to promote the empowerment of Indigenous women in the northern regions of Chile where the mining sector is a major economic driver. Indigenous women are underrepresented in decision-making around resource development and in accessing the benefits that flow from the sector. A participatory research project, currently underway, aims to better understand the socio-economic situation and the unique needs of Indigenous women in Northern Chile and use these learnings to help foster their empowerment. Learn more at (http://www.teck.com/news/stories/2016/teck-partners-with-un-women-to-empower-indigenous-women-in-chile)
In addition, Teck supports several other organizations focused on the advancement of women and gender equality, such as Educating Girls in Rural China, Women in Mining, and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.
As part of our commitment to community initiatives, we are working to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and SDG 5 promoting gender equality. For more information on our work to support the SDGs, please visit (http://www.teck.com/responsibility/our-commitments/un-sustainable-development-goals/).
The Future of Diversity
While progress has been made in advancing diversity at Teck, we know there is much more that can be done. We are continuing to focus on enhancing inclusion and diversity at Teck, including increasing the number of women and Indigenous Peoples in our workforce.