Canada is an important part of our global business. Find out how we support the country’s economy and society, including indigenous communities.
Canada is an important part of our global business. We employ around 7,500 people at sites in seven provinces – including operations in nickel, copper and zinc mining. Through Glencore Agriculture, in which we own 49.9%, we are one of Canada’s grain industry leaders.
In Canada, we paid USD220 million in taxes and royalties to government in 2016.
In 2016, we contributed more than USD1.9 million in direct support to communities.
This includes Sudbury INO’s support for Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF), a non-profit that integrates sustainability education into Canada’s education system.
We are building a strong culture of safety in Canada. Raglan Mine in northern Quebec, won the FJ O’Connell safety trophy in 2016 – the twelfth time it has won the award.
The mine is refocusing safety attitudes towards a culture of reporting incidents: so while reported near misses rose in 2016, the total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) fell by 40%.
Meanwhile Sudbury INO, in Ontario, won the 2015 CIM Mining & Minerals Project Development Safety Award for outstanding project safety systems, culture and performance.
During phase one of a process gas project, the asset achieved a TRIFR of zero in the course of more than 465,000 hours worked.
In Canada, some of our assets are located on or near the traditional lands of indigenous people. We have Inuit impact benefit agreements (IIBAs) with these communities.
At Raglan Mine, for example, the Raglan Agreement of 1995 was the first ever signed in Quebec. At the mine, we:
- Work with Inuit partners on permanent employment opportunities, under a scheme known as “Tamatumani” (see ).
- Address Inuit people’s concerns about hunting and fishing in Nunavik – including dust suppression and environmental monitoring.
- Are consulting with communities on the Sivumut Project, which seeks to extend mining to 2040 and beyond.
At Sudbury INO, meanwhile, we work with members of the Wahnapitae First Nation community to conduct water quality monitoring.
Since 2012 CCR, our refinery in Montreal, has had responsible supply chain policies and procedures in place, to show its gold is conflict-free and complies with anti-money laundering standards.
The asset’s gold was certified conflict-free in 2013 under the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) Responsible Gold Guidance and continues to maintain this accreditation.
Raglan Mine is continuing to innovate in renewable energy. For example, the mine’s wind turbine and storage facility won a Towards Sustainable Mining Excellence Award at the Energy and Mines renewables in mining awards in 2016.
In its first two years of operation, the turbine saved 4.65 million litres of diesel, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 13,000 tonnes.
In 2016, Raglan was recertified against environmental management standard ISO 14001.