Each year Agnico Eagle’s Board of Directors makes a point of travelling to at least one of the Company’s sites as a way for them to become more familiar with the operations, witness the progress being made on new projects, meet key community members and to get to know our employees. Here they are pictured in front of the Portal 1 entrance to Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine project in Nunavut.
Our governance practices guide our behaviour and performance, helping to ensure we act in an ethically responsible manner and uphold our core values.
Agnico Eagle’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics outlines the standards of ethical behaviour we expect from people working on our behalf around the world. The Code applies to all directors and officers, employees and commits them to conducting their business in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations and to the highest ethical standards.
We have also adopted a Code of Business Ethics for consultants and contractors and a Supplier Code of Conduct. Additionally, we have established a toll-free “whistleblower” ethics hotline for anonymous reporting of any suspected violations of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, including concerns regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or other auditing matters, Code of Conduct violations, ethical conflicts, environmental issues and health and safety issues.
During 2015, Agnico Eagle adopted an Aboriginal Engagement Policy as a statement of our commitment to engage with First Nations throughout the life-cycle of our projects in Canada. In 2016, we expanded this commitment to include a global Indigenous Peoples Engagement Policy – which complements our Canadian policy – to guide our consultation with Indigenous Peoples in all regions of the world, wherever Agnico Eagle maintains a presence. We believe being responsive to the aspirations of Indigenous Peoples not only contributes to the success of our sustainability practices, but also builds community support and enhances our reputation as a responsible miner.
In 2016, Agnico Eagle formally adopted the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VP). Created in 2000, the VPs are standards to help extractive sector companies balance the obligation to respect human rights while protecting the assets and people at their operations. The Government of Canada has identified the VPs as one of six leading standards in Canada’s CSR Strategy for the Extractive Sector. As a member of MAC, Agnico Eagle has committed to implementing a human rights and security approach consistent with the VPs and based on a determination of risk at mining facilities we control. We will report on this implementation through MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining annual progress report.
Our sustainable development program and values are integrated at the operational, executive and Board levels. Corporate oversight and implementation of the program are the direct responsibility of one executive officer – the Senior Vice-President of Environment, Sustainable Development and People who is assisted by the Vice-President Environment for environmental oversight and by the Vice-President of Health and Safety and Community Relations for health, safety and community engagement oversight.
Processes are in place to ensure that sustainable development matters, along with risk assessment and mitigation measures, are integrated into the day-to-day management of our business at the operational level. Finally, sustainable development matters are presented to the Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainable Development (HSESD) Committee of the Board of Directors at each Board meeting.
Our Guiding Principles
Agnico Eagle has developed a clear, well-defined set of Guiding Principles to ensure we reinforce our management approach and cultural identity across the company – a set of principles which have contributed to Agnico Eagle’s success for 60 years.
The ABC’s of Agnico Eagle Management
Anchored in Our Values, including open and transparent communications; safe production; the highest standards of honesty, responsibility and performance; the highest levels of employee engagement; sharing and developing employees’ skills and expertise; and, maintaining our entrepreneurial skills and innovative spirit.
Based on Collaboration, encouraging respectful open debates and healthy discussions; and, recognizing success resulting from both exceptional contributions and teamwork.
Clear and Simple, valuing practices that remain simple and are based on common sense; being as clear as possible on people’s roles and contributions; and, ensuring employees and management alike understand and are aligned with our business priorities.
Stakeholder Advisory Committee We have established a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) to provide us with feedback on our corporate social responsibility efforts and to complement, and help us make strategic links to our existing local stakeholder engagement activities. This approach also supports our global efforts to engage with our stakeholders on a regular basis and in a meaningful way. It was established in 2011 and meets in Toronto annually each fall.