Socio-Economic Impacts & Benefits
We submitted a comprehensive environmental and social impact assessment for the proposed Brucejack Mine to provincial authorities in 2014. Indigenous groups and local communities were engaged in the review of the impact assessment, and they contributed to the development of the management measures that we implement today. Our management plans are living documents and we regularly re-evaluate and update them to ensure our approach to management is relevant and effective. Our full impact assessment includes records of consultation with First Nations and other stakeholders; it is available on the public registry of the BC Environmental Assessment Office. More information about our environmental management plans is provided in Protecting the Environment.
Managing Socio-Economic Impacts & Benefits
Our commitment to maximizing benefits and minimizing negative social impacts is enshrined in our Economic and Social Effects Mitigation Plan (ESEMP). Our ESEMP supports local benefits and economic development through a framework we use to manage, disclose, and track performance related to socio-economic benefits. The ESEMP includes five separate but inter-related components:
- Employment strategy
- Procurement strategy
- Training strategy
- Transportation strategy
- Communications protocol
We update the ESEMP annually to ensure that the plan remains relevant to our operation and reflects changes in communities, and we share the updated ESEMP with communities and Indigenous groups. We also monitor and report on our performance each year through updates on employment, procurement, training, transportation, and communications and engagement. The annual report provides information about Indigenous and local content, gender analysis, success stories, challenges, and plans for the year ahead. We are proud to share these results in this year's Sustainability Report, as summarized in Investing in People & Communities.
Our consultation and engagement efforts go above and beyond provincial and federal requirements. We also support the management of socio-economic impacts and benefits. We place a high value on collaborative and participatory engagement with Indigenous groups, community members, educational institutions, industry groups, and other stakeholders. Our frequent and regular engagement ensures that we meet the needs of our stakeholders in terms of information sharing, responding to questions, and identifying opportunities for partnership. We document all engagement in a centralized database and track concerns that arise during engagement so we can proactively identify and address impacts or provide a response as is appropriate.