Building trust and understanding
We act in a socially responsible manner and contribute to the communities in which we operate in order to make a difference in their everyday lives. We are committed to working with our employees and other stakeholders to create growth and prosperity, which allows all stakeholders to benefit from our mining activities.
Social acceptability is key for all our projects.
In 2016 each of our operations updated their stakeholder mapping exercise, which is used to develop site-specific community engagement plans. The main objective of these plans is to engage in a respectful dialogue with key stakeholders and ensure that as early as possible to assess any impacts of our project on social acceptability and use, in order of preference, an approach of avoiding, reducing or mitigating those impacts. In addition, we also implemented an Indigenous Peoples Engagement Policy in order to define the consultation practices and mitigation strategies we will use while engaging with Indigenous groups impacted by our presence.
Throughout the year our sites managed a variety of community response mechanisms and also participated in Community Liaison Committees. These mechanisms and committees are now part of our RMMS standard and we have developed guidelines to help new operations implement these best practices.
Our community investment program also continues to target initiatives that enable each of our operating communities to benefit from economic development in their region, even after mining ceases. Our goal is to provide both Agnico Eagle and our host communities with optimum returns on our community investments. In 2016, we invested over $6.6 million in strategic health, education and capacity-building initiatives.
To learn more about our community performance and priorities, click here.
Did you know?
- Since 2009, Agnico Eagle’s community investments have totalled almost $28 million.
- Our new Nunavut website (aemnunavut.ca) not only provides regular updates on our activities, it also serves as the primary "point-of-entry" for hiring new Inuit employees and to provide maximum opportunities to Inuit-owned businesses to pre-qualify for contract opportunities with Agnico Eagle. Each year our operations host Open Houses, often bringing neighbours, employees and their families underground or using new technology to give them a virtual below-ground experience.
- In Mexico, Agnico Eagle has worked closely with the Tamaulipas Cd. Madero Lions Club and the Municipality of Ocampo to provide hearing aids to 18 people suffering from hearing impairment and deafness. This is the second year for this “hearing assistance” campaign, which has a long-term goal of including people with this disability into society and improving their quality of life.
- In Nunavut our team has been working closely with the Nunavut Literacy Council to help deliver “outside the box” training experiences for Nunavut youth, with a goal of encouraging them to consider a career in the mining industry and in 2016 the Niqitsialiurniq Program helped 11 youth to gain new literacy, food preparation and workplace skills – as well as traditional and cultural skills that will serve them well in their futures.