Our Sustainability Journey & Priorities

2019 marked our second full year of operations at the Brucejack Mine, where we successfully increased our average production rate to 3,800 tonnes per day over the year. As production at the mine continues and our workforce matures, we continue to strengthen and refine our commitment to sustainability including establishment of a new role for Vice President of Environment and Regulatory Affairs to further promote management of ESG risk and environmental performance. The leadership of our Board and senior management team drives Pretivm’s sustainability program, and all staff contributes to our successful execution of the program. Perhaps more importantly, ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities and stakeholders—including local communities, local businesses and governments—contribute to our sustainability journey.

The values of our company support our sustainability program and its integration into our business. In accordance with the precautionary principle and best practices in economic, environmental, and social management approaches, Pretivm’s operational planning and decision-making is supported by science, proven engineering, and consultation with Indigenous partners and other stakeholders. We have years of site-specific baseline data pertaining to meteorology, glaciology, flora and fauna, water quality, hydrology, land use, and other topics. Before constructing the Brucejack Mine, we undertook comprehensive baseline studies and impact assessments. The outcomes of those studies and management plans—plus our ongoing Indigenous and stakeholder engagement—directly inform our activities today. As we continue to build on this body of knowledge, future decisions will continue to be informed by science and our commitment to integrity, forthrightness, innovation, and pride of ownership.

“The responsibility to improve our sustainability performance is shared across all levels of the company.”

Jacques Perron, President, CEO and Director of Pretium Resources Inc.

Our Priorities

We conducted a materiality assessment in 2018 to identify the sustainability topics most relevant to our business, inclusive of the Brucejack Mine and its supporting infrastructure (such as the access road and transmission line) as well as Pretivm’s corporate operations and ongoing exploration activity. The materiality assessment involved internal engagement about the economic, environmental, and social topics most important to the company and to our shareholders, stakeholders, and community partners. We also looked to our history of engagement with Indigenous groups, communities, and regulators to identify issues of interest and concern.

Through this assessment, we identified twelve material topics across our business:


Why It’s Important

Safety, Security & Health

Safety is the top priority. Protecting the well-being of our workers, nearby communities, and people who may use areas around our operations is of utmost importance.

Business Ethics & Governance

Ethics and integrity are critical to the long-term success of our business. Through our compliance with corporate governance practices, we ensure the confidence of our investors and community stakeholders.

Economic Performance

Running an efficient and profitable company is vital to our shareholders. This also ensures that we continue to provide employment, business opportunities, and investment in economic and community development.

Climate Change

Climate change is one of society’s most pressing challenges. It requires purposeful action to manage emissions, and we have a responsibility to run our operations as efficiently as possible.

Water Quality

Water is a key interest of Indigenous groups and stakeholders. Through comprehensive management approaches and water stewardship, we prioritize the maintenance of downstream water quality.

Ecology & Biodiversity

Protecting the natural landscape and its biodiversity is a significant part of our environmental management approach. It is also key to our long-term stewardship of the area around the Brucejack Mine.

Compliance with Environmental Regulations

To ensure the continuation of our operations as planned, we ensure diligent management and ongoing compliance with environmental regulations. Compliance with these strict regulations also ensures minimal environmental impact.

Environmental Management at Site

Because of the site’s location in a remote part of Northern BC, our environmental management practices are paramount. These include employing waste management, controlling potential sources of pollution, and providing ongoing reclamation of disturbed areas.

Spill Response

Protecting the aquatic and terrestrial environment is key in the unlikely event of an unplanned release. Beyond spill prevention, we use defined spill response practices, complete diligent monitoring, and provide training.


We value the input and involvement of nearby communities and First Nations. We invest in regular and meaningful engagement with these groups to identify economic opportunities and mutual benefits.


Our people are essential to our company. Beyond simply attracting and retaining workers, we make efforts to encourage diversity and equal opportunity, and to provide meaningful opportunities for our workers to develop their skills and careers.

Indirect Economic Impacts

The Brucejack Mine is part of the regional economy of Northwest BC. It supports economic development and growth by providing opportunities for regional businesses, developing skills of the workforce, and supporting economic benefits for Indigenous groups.

Stakeholder Engagement

Our materialty assessment involved engagement with people working across a variety of departments within Pretivm and the Brucejack Mine, and was also informed by the priorities expressed by our Board, shareholders, and investors. Input from external stakeholders was indirectly included in our materiality assessment, based on our many years of engagement with Indigenous groups (including Nisga’a Nation, Tahltan Nation, Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha, and Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs), communities, provincial regulators, education and training institutions, and other interested parties. More information about our engagement with Indigenous groups and community stakeholders is provided in Community Relations.