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British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium

Sustainable development in the mining industry through communities : the Teck Cominco experience Bittman, K.; Horswill, D.


Teck Cominco Limited and its subsidiaries and associated companies are a diversified mining, smelting and refining group headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Teck Cominco holds interests in producing mines in Canada, the United States and Peru, mining zinc, copper, lead, gold and metallurgical coal from both open-pit and underground operations. In February 2003 Teck Cominco’s Board adopted its Charter of Corporate Responsibility and the Code of Business, Environmental and Health and Safety Practices. The Charter states “ We support sustainable development and we willingly accept our obligations to constantly improve our methods of harvesting the world’s resources to the benefit of our shareholders, employees, customers and local communities and all others who use or enjoy nature’s bounty”. Based on these overarching commitments, early in 2003 the company also instituted a comprehensive EHS Management System through a set of management standards. Examples of three case studies from our Kimberly Operations (British Columbia), Red Dog Mine (Alaska) and the Pend Oreille Mine (Washington) will illustrate how these commitments are contributing to the development of sustainable communities in North America.

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