December 12, 2013
The Ripple Effect
By: Jerry Danni, Vice President, Environment, Goldcorp Back in July, when we were finalizing our new Sustainability Excellence Management System (SEMS), we knew we needed something symbolic and expressive to represent the program—something to catch people’s imagination and bring home the concept of environmental stewardship in the same simple, memorable way that Safe Enough for Our Families captures the essence of workplace safety at Goldcorp. We needed a tagline. A slogan. A simple “sound bite” phrase that rolls off the tongue and remains in the heart. Instead of hiring a communications agency, we decided to look within Goldcorp. Not only is this company packed with intelligence and creativity, who better than our own people to articulate our corporate vision for sustainability in all our endeavours. Seeking the memorable, effective and inspirational We put out the call to the entire company. The contest, called The Ripple Effect, offered a substantial prize to the individual...
December 4, 2013
Supporting Healthy Communities
Members of Vancouver’s first ACT Team are celebrating a year’s worth of client success stories at their first anniversary. Although the link between mining and community health is not always obvious, it surely exists. As with any organization, successful workforces require strong, healthy employees and support for the local communities in which they live. For this reason, Goldcorp’s concern for health and safety does not stop at the property line. Focusing on building a strong culture of health ‘outside the fence’ and in the communities where we have a presence is an integral part of Goldcorp’s operational strategy. In 2012 Goldcorp made a $5-million donation to two unique addiction and mental health programs serving the Downtown Eastside (DTES) in Vancouver, Canada where the company is headquartered. This donation was made to support a partnership between Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health, combining their efforts towards improving the health and lives...
November 22, 2013
Goldcorp's Day of Remembrance
By: Paul Farrow, Senior Vice President, People & Safety There are few true turning points in the history of a company. I believe Goldcorp’s inaugural Day of Remembrance will be recognized as one of those landmarks. On October 30th, across our entire business from northern Canada to southern Argentina, every single operation and office stopped production for a company-wide Day of Remembrance. This day was an opportunity to stop and think about safety; how to identify risks and make our operations safer; and to pay respect to grieving family and friends who have lost their loved ones in industrial accidents over the years. Amongst the executive team who participated in events at various sites, I joined the Wharf team in South Dakota in a deeply impactful meeting. The families of those who lost their lives attended sessions at various sites and were invited to address the attendees. As they shared their powerful and emotional stories, we were all deeply touched by how these...
October 18, 2013
Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness: El Morro’s cancer screening brings women and families peace of mind
By: Petri Salopera, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Goldcorp El Morro October is breast cancer awareness month. To address one of the leading causes of death amongst Latin American women, Goldcorp El Morro undertook a breast-cancer screening initiative that was the result of an agreement between the National Women’s Service of the Atacama Region (Sernam Atacama), and the Arturo López Pérez Foundation for mobile mammography. Sernam Atacama regional director, María Teresa Cañas explains, “breast cancer is responsible for the death of 11 out of every 100,000 people in Chile. It’s often when the illness is not detected early, that it can lead to death.” Dating back to 2005, a national health program progressively introduced free mammography screenings for women aged 50 and older. Three years later the rates of compliance with mammographic screening was only 12% in Santiago, the capital city of Chile and even less so in more rural settings. Irma Gatica Pastén, a resident of San...
October 11, 2013
Back to School Special Part 3: Training & Education Partnerships in Central and South America
By: Gustavo Cabrera, CSR Regional Director, Central and South America In this, the final instalment of our three-part series on education, Gustavo Cabrera reports on Goldcorp’s recent educational initiatives and partnerships in Central and South America Goldcorp invests significantly in education and skills training in Central and South America. Our strategy is to engage with local communities to identify needs and set specific goals that respond to those needs. In partnership with local organizations, we seek to support local capacity building, and to contribute to the social and economic development of the region. Promoting public education in Guatemala Because life-long learning begins in childhood, the Marlin mine has a long history of support for primary and secondary education. Between 2002 and 2008, school enrolment in the communities near Marlin mine increased by 53%, on average, despite minor changes in population, reflecting increased economic stability created...
October 3, 2013
Back to School Special Part 2: Goldcorp’s educational partnerships in North America
By: Dominique Ramirez, Manager, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility Last week, Goldcorp Mexico’s Rafael Andapia provided an update on our education and training partnerships in Mexico. This week, Dominique Ramirez, Manager Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility from our Vancouver head office, summarizes how our educational initiatives are helping to build talent pools near our North American operations. In the next 5 to 10 years our industry will be faced with a labor shortage at each of our North American operations we are working with various stakeholders to support local capacity-building, while addressing each community’s identified needs. We seek to benefit individuals—by helping to improve their employability—as well as business including our own, by increasing the quality and depth of the available talent pool. Outreach camps inspire First Nations youth to new career options In northern Ontario, we are a key sponsor of a series of "Mining...
September 26, 2013
Back to School Special Part 1: Education and Training initiatives in Mexico
As summer turns to fall and students settle into their school routines, we wanted to update you on Goldcorp’s support for education. Over the next three posts, you’ll learn about the various training and education initiatives taking place across the regions where we have operations. This week we’ve invited Rafael Andapia, External Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility Director, Goldcorp Mexico to share highlights about our contributions and partnerships in Mexico. First graduating class of 74 students from the CONALEP Technical School in the Mazapil Municipality near Goldcorp’s Peñasquito mine. We believe that education is the key to unlocking doors of opportunities, so we seek to improve the local skill base, to build capacity and competence, and to contribute to the social and economic welfare of the regions where we have operations. Education and training are stepping stones that we believe can help to create a positive, long term legacy everywhere we do business. It’s part...
August 20, 2013
Growing trust: Lac Seul First Nation-Goldcorp Collaboration Agreement
By: Colin Webster, Director of Aboriginal, Government & Community Relations, Canada & US LSFN Chief Clifford Bull & Chris Cormier, Goldcorp’s Red Lake Gold Mines Mine Manager at the milestone ceremony held in the Municipality of Red Lake, Ontario. Henry Ford said that “coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” After five years of discussions Lac Seul First Nation (LSFN) and Goldcorp have formalized a collaboration agreement that will lay out a framework for successfully working together in the years ahead. The agreement sets out a number of benefits and provisions for LSFN, including training and employment opportunities, business and contracting opportunities, a framework for consultation on various aspects of project development including environmental assessments, and financial contributions that Goldcorp will provide to LSFN in support of sustainable community development initiatives. “This agreement demonstrates...
August 12, 2013
Safety at Goldcorp: A universal language
Highlights from this year’s Mine Rescue Summit in Reno, Nevada. It had all the drama of a real-life rescue: emergency crews responding to fires, administering first aid and pulling victims from crashed vehicles. However, what unfolded in the Nevada desert in June was a well-executed training exercise for Goldcorp employees - one that was about more than just preparing to protect each other in the event of a real emergency. Goldcorp’s inaugural Mine Rescue Summit, held in Reno from July 8 to the 12, was a chance to promote shared learning, communication and collaboration across operations. Unlike many mine rescue events, this one wasn’t about the competition. “It was about the opportunity to learn from each other,” said Bernie Haley, mine project planner at Goldcorp’s Musselwhite operation and one of many responsible for organizing the Mine Rescue Summit. The event included 12 teams of six-to-eight people from Goldcorp mines sites across Canada, Mexico, the United...
July 22, 2013
2012 Sustainability Report on Economic, Environmental and Social Performance
At Goldcorp, corporate social responsibility is not a PR exercise; it is a company-wide commitment firmly rooted within our values as an organization. Guided by international standards and best practices and driven by our aspirations for excellence in the overall performance of the business, our vision of “together, creating sustainable value” provides the foundation of our commitment. We, in partnership with our stakeholders, are deeply committed to creating lasting positive social and economic benefits for our shareholders, our employees and all of the communities where we operate. Companies in our industry face scrutiny every day on their ethics, safety, environmental, social and human rights practices. We support this scrutiny, as we dedicate our activities to creating sustainable value for our stakeholders. This year, in Goldcorp’s eighth annual Sustainability Report, entitled One Company, Thousands of Opportunities, we provide transparent insight into the company’s 2012...
June 21, 2013
When Goldcorp began its Nighthawk Lake exploration program near Timmins, Ont. this past winter, it reached out to the local First Nation communities for advice. A traditional “shaking tent” ceremony was held to discuss the impact the drilling program would have on the land, which included environmental impacts, as well as social and cultural concerns. Feedback from that ceremony was incorporated into the company’s drilling program, which included paying close attention to more sensitive areas on the site. For Goldcorp, it’s an example of the cultural reclamation that is taking place alongside land restoration at sites such as at Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM). Porcupine Gold Mines Coniaurum Reclamation site, Timmins Ontario
“At Goldcorp, we want our work to be meaningful and based on mutual benefits for both the community and the company,” says Mary Boyden, Indigenous Community Relations Manager at PGM. “It’s an example of reciprocity in action.” It’s also part of Goldcorp’s...
June 7, 2013
Reclaiming the Hollinger Mine
Caption: Artistic Rendering of Berm at Hollinger Park, Timmins Ontario The Hollinger Project is one of the most significant mining projects ever undertaken by Goldcorp’s Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM). It involves the revitalization of a historic gold mine into a sustainable green space, with the unique challenges of being located immediately adjacent to the downtown core of the City of Timmins, Ontario. The Hollinger Mine was the largest gold producer in the prolific Porcupine Gold Camp, producing over 19 million ounces of gold between 1910 and 1989. The underground operation, combined later with small-scale surface mining, left 250 acres of unusable, unsafe land. Ore was left behind by a former mining company when the mine was closed as a result of economic and technical restrictions. Goldcorp inherited the land and after carefully evaluating a number of options, it was determined that the best way to reclaim the property for safe public use was to mine out the hazards with an open pit....
April 22, 2013
Environmental Management Means Making Continuous Improvements
By Jerry Danni Earth Day is a great opportunity for individuals and companies to reflect on their environmental footprint. At Goldcorp, we take pride in the work we do to protect and manage the impact of our operations on land, air and water. This includes a commitment to making continuous improvements to our environmental performance, which is part of the company’s “ Operating for Excellence ” program across all areas of the organization. For example, Goldcorp’s energy strategy includes a five-year plan to increase energy efficiency by 15 per cent, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent, and to source five per cent of our energy from renewable sources. Goldcorp has a number of initiatives in place to meet these targets, including most recently the natural gas pipeline it helped to build near Red Lake, Ont. Not only will this pipeline replace large amounts of diesel fuel at the mine site, it will also make cleaner, more efficient energy, in the form of natural gas, available...
April 4, 2013
Partnership to power a brighter future for remote First Nation communities
Leaders and representatives of the First Nations communities and Goldcorp met on March 28, 2013, to formally incorporate Wataynikaneyap Power. For most people, diesel generators are for emergencies. When the power goes out, you start one up to keep the lights on, the house warm and the power flowing. But for remote First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario, diesel generation is a crucial source of power they can’t do without. They burn approximately 25 million litres of diesel fuel a year to get electricity into their homes and communities – enough diesel to fill 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools. And though the generators used by these First Nations communities are much bigger than ones you'll find in your local hardware store, they're the same in two important ways: They're not the best power solution from an environmental perspective. And they cost a lot of money to operate. All that may change thanks to a new partnership between 13 First Nations and Goldcorp. Wataynikaneyap...
April 2, 2013
The Changing Face of Resource Extraction
“CSR is not just risk management. It’s value creation for shareholders” John Bell, independent director and chair of the Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety Committee at Goldcorp, recently sat down with the Journal of the Institute of Corporate Directors to discuss the changing face of Resource Extraction. Please find the published article below: How are frameworks of regulation evolving in the natural-resource sector at a national, regional and global level? The precious-metals sector continues to benefit from strong metal prices. The countries in which Goldcorp operates are either enacting or considering new mining legislation and regulations in the context of their own particular fiscal challenges, with most jurisdictions reviewing royalties from mining companies as a means to drive revenue and capitalize on the trending increase in metals prices. There is an evolution in most jurisdictions with regard to indigenous groups, as countries move to implement their commitment...
March 28, 2013
Women gain underground mining skills at Goldcorp’s Stope School
Jodi Gushulak, a recent graduate of Goldcorp’s Stope School, breaking rock at the Rock Breaker on 42 Level at Red Lake Gold Mine In a recent Above Ground blog post we talked about a unique training program for women at Goldcorp called Creating Choices that demonstrates the company’s commitment to developing its people. We thought a natural follow up would be an example of how Goldcorp helps train women to work in jobs at the core of its business - underground mining. An all-female Stope School was started in 2011 at the Red Lake Mine, in an effort to increase interest in mining and representation for women at Goldcorp. Named after the stope method of underground mining, the school is part of the company’s original Stope School, founded in 2005 in partnership with local First Nations in northern Ontario. The 12-week program provides hands-on experience working in an underground operation, including drilling with a 95-pound jackleg, blasting, mucking, bolting and screening, as well as...
March 1, 2013
Ingredients for Success
Marcel Boucher, an assistant chef with Windigo Catering, prepares food for employees at Goldcorp.'s Musselwhite Mine located northwest of Thunder Bay. The Sioux Lookout-based company has been providing catering services since 2005. Taken from: http://ow.ly/ibmI0 Congratulations to Musselwhite’s Windigo Catering, recipients of the Skookum Jim Award for exceptional Aboriginal achievement in the Canadian mining industry The First Nations term Windigo represents strength and a determination to provide, two of the many ingredients for success demonstrated by the Windigo Catering Team at Goldcorp’s Musselwhite mine. Windigo Catering Limited Partnership, a business venture owned by five members of the Windigo First Nations Council in northwest Ontario, has won the prestigious Skookum Jim Award for exceptional achievement in the Canadian mining industry. The award will be presented at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual conference, which takes place March 3 –...
February 20, 2013
Happy Anniversary, Above Ground!
Today marks the first anniversary of the Above Ground blog. Over the past year, this forum has helped to enhance Goldcorp’s communication with stakeholders in the social media age, as well as our commitment to transparency, to responsible mining and to our vision of Together, Creating Sustainable Value. When we started the blog in February 2012, it was with an email distribution list of about 80 people. We now have nearly 600 followers, and counting. In our first post a year ago, we told you that we’re willing to talk openly about issues, concerns, opportunities and ideas with people interested in having a discussion. Thank you for taking the time to send us your encouraging notes and to those that have asked us for more information. We even appreciate the not-so-encouraging notes – they drive us to do better. When we decided to maintain a company blog we knew it would be challenging. The blog is a forum to highlight the good work the company does in the communities where we operate,...
February 8, 2013
Partnership provides shelter for people in need
Right to left: Tom Laughren, Mayor, City of Timmins; Marc Lauzier, Mine General Manager, PGM; Ed Ligocki, Chairman of the Board, The Good Samaritan Inn; Domenic Rizzuto, Manager HR & Corp Social Responsibility, PGM When most people think about homelessness, they think about big urban centres, not smaller communities like the ones that dot Northern Ontario. But for a group of dedicated community volunteers in the City of Timmins, providing shelter for people who need a helping hand is a top of mind issue. For the last 11 years, the Good Samaritan Inn has provided a place to stay, clothes to wear and food to eat for people in need. Now, thanks to community fund-raising efforts, countless hours of work by volunteers and the support of a $100,000 donation from Goldcorp, the Good Samaritan Inn has purchased a new building, allowing it to continue helping people for years to come. For Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines, Mine General Manager Marc Lauzier, the decision to help out was an easy...
January 24, 2013
What Goldcorp and Oprah Have in Common
Kaeli Gattens was only two weeks into her internship in the corporate communications department at Goldcorp when she heard about Creating Choices, an internal training program for women. Still a shy intern, Gattens gathered the courage to approach the program’s founder, Anna Tudela, Goldcorp’s Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Secretary, to ask for more information. Tudela, who has been a mentor and role model for many women over the years, immediately invited her to an upcoming training workshop. For Gattens, the course offered the kind of encouragement and inspiration she needed to enter and develop in the male-dominated mining industry. In fact, Gattens says it was the skills highlighted in Creating Choices that helped her gain full-time employment at Goldcorp just a few months later. “Creating Choices helped give me more confidence in my abilities and encouraged me to use my voice,” said Gattens, who was hired on permanently last September as Communications...
January 18, 2013
Safety Conference Highlights Need for Better Industry-Wide Collaboration
By Sophie Bergeron, Director, Safety & Health, Goldcorp There is an unwritten rule in the mining industry that, when it comes to health and safety, there are no competitors, only collaborators. That guiding principle was reinforced at a recent International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) conference in Santiago, Chile, where more than 300 mining industry executives and professionals came together to discuss health and safety at their operations around the world. There was general acknowledgement that the mining industry still faces significant challenges, which can only be addressed if companies operate to the highest standards and share their knowledge, especially when it comes to the well-being of employees. As Director of Safety & Health at Goldcorp, I was proud to be part of the company’s 35-member delegation, which by the way was the largest group of attendees for a single company at the event! Our group included Goldcorp CEO Chuck Jeannes, COO George Burns, Senior...
January 10, 2013
Goldcorp Reports Incident Near its Marlin Mine
On January 8, 2013, an exploration project near Goldcorp’s Marlin mine was the scene of an incident involving contract exploration service workers and contract security personnel working near the mine in Guatemala. A group of exploration contractors became violent over contract issues, overpowered a security worker, beat him and held him against his will. The victim’s gun, loaded with rubber ammunition, was taken forcefully by the group and one individual used the weapon to fire upon security personnel. At this time, security workers acted in accordance with Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights guidelines related to the use of force and used rubber ammunition to return defensive fire before retreating with no further defensive action. Several people were injured as a result of the incident. Two individuals were taken to hospital and later released. The company has offered and facilitated medical assistance for all those involved. Marlin personnel...
January 8, 2013
Happy New Year! Year in review and looking ahead to 2013
For most people, January is all about setting and renewing goals. At Goldcorp, we see the New Year as a time to roll-up our sleeves with renewed focus on executing our plans to deliver sustainable value for all our stakeholders. Before we begin, let’s take a quick look back at the challenging year that was 2012. Water shortages at Peñasquito mine in Mexico and seismic activity that reduced production at our Red Lake mine in Ontario led us to revise gold production guidance in early July 2012. Goldcorp ended 2012 with gold production of 2.39 million ounces, within guidance. More about our year end production can found here . While we had some challenges and setbacks, production is not our only measure of success. Production results get the most headlines, along with reserves and cost margins, but there are three other important areas where we measure our success: people, safety and partnerships. In September, Goldcorp was added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Goldcorp...