Skeena sees environmental, social and governance (ESG) as the key components to a responsible resource sector. We strive to implement the highest ESG standards at Eskay Creek and in the communities in which we operate. Skeena is actively engaged in closure planning and low carbon mine design to establish a positive environmental legacy. Our social license to operate is founded on our partnership with the Tahltan Nation, with whom we are pursuing the first consent-based agreement under British Columbia's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA). Skeena's approach to corporate governance and decision-making is based on transparency, open communication, and inclusivity, to ensure that our work creates broad social and economic benefit for communities as well as value for investors.
Skeena is a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and recognizes climate change as a risk, not only to our business, but to the global economy. The natural advantages offered by Eskay Creek, a high-grade project with access to low-carbon hydropower, means that the greenhouse gas emissions are projected to be in the lowest quartile amongst global gold producers. In addition, Skeena is committed to responsibly managing the natural resources where we operate, through our environmental management system that addresses water, waste, and biodiversity impacts. This includes working with our various partners, including First Nations and local communities, to implement the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management at all of our projects by August 2023.
Developing and protecting Skeena’s workforce and local communities, whether from safety incidents or global pandemics such as COVID-19, is our top priority. Skeena works with local communities by building partnerships and creating opportunities in the Golden Triangle of Northwest British Columbia, Canada. Please find our 2021 BC Investment and Job Creation Report here.
Skeena supports community-based initiatives through financial and in-kind contributions that build economic and cultural capacity as well as create a positive social legacy in the communities where we operate. Download the community investment form here.
Skeena believes that business has a crucial role to play in sustainable development. As a participant in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), we actively incorporate the UNGC Ten Principles covering human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption as an ethical and practical framework for operationalizing corporate sustainability. Our Board of Directors is accountable for Skeena’s environmental and social performance. Skeena’s 100% independent Nomination & Governance Committee has oversight of corporate governance policies, including our Code of Ethics and Diversity, Whistleblower and Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption Policies. ESG performance metrics are incorporated into the incentive bonuses of our executive management and operations teams.
Please refer to our Corporate Governance documents here.
Skeena looks to advance and support an environmentally and socially responsible mineral sector through partnerships with First Nations, governmental organizations, suppliers, academia, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). We are proud to support the following partnerships and initiatives: BC Regional Mining Alliance, Center for Advanced Subsurface Earth Resource Models, Mining Association of British Columbia, Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, and United Nations Global Compact.