UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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 aim to contribute to the social and economic development of sustainable communities associated with our operations.

Working for a Sustainable Future:

Our team in Nunavut  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. 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 the future.

Best Practice in Tailings Management Agnico Eagle helped champion a review of the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC) Tailings Guide to ensure the industry is implementing best practices and standards for tailings and water management. Agnico Eagle’s Corporate Environmental Council (CEC) is reviewing how to implement best available/applicable practices and key concepts consistently across our sites, while allowing each site to address their its individual tailings and water management needs.

The Our Responsible Mining Management System (RMMS) is the foundation upon which we are building our capacity to manage the commitments made in our Agnico Eagle’s Sustainable Development Policy and to reduce risks. Our RMMS is consistent with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and the OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management System.  The first internal audit of our in-house RMMS was completed in 2017. All sites have now developed a thorough action plan to close all the gaps identified with a fixed timetable of three months for major non-compliance, six months for minor non-compliance and 12 months for improvement opportunities. Best practices and innovations will be shared between divisions.

In 2017, Agnico EagleEM formally joined the Voluntary Principles (VP) and is committed to implementing the principles in at our operations, development properties and at our closed sites. The company We acknowledges that operating responsibly and maintaining the trust of our stakeholders requires us to demonstrate that the gold we produce has been extracted in a manner that does not fuel unlawful armed conflict or contribute to serious human rights abuses or breaches of international law.