Responsible mining starts with the health and safety of our employees and local communities, protecting the environment, and developing partnerships to support the economic and social framework of our host communities.
Hear more about Hecla’s impact on the community.
Our employees give back to our communities in a variety of ways such as serving as volunteer firefighters and EMTs, volunteering to provide education about health and safety, coaching sports teams, fundraising for local causes, serving on civic and education boards, and promoting mining education at the local and state levels.
It’s our commitment to directly, and through the Hecla Charitable Foundation, provide the necessary resources to:
- proactively participate with communities to our mutual benefit today and for future generations
- integrate protection of employee health and safety, environmental protection, and community interests into our core business practices
- identify and partner with local communities on mutually beneficial opportunities to enhance worker skills, education, and employment opportunities, and to support sustainable development initiatives
- communicate openly with our employees, contractors, communities, and governments regarding our plans and programs
Hecla has more than 1,640 employees. Company-wide, employee earned total compensation increased in 2019 to more than $192 million. In addition, more than one indirect job is created by each direct Hecla job. This leads to more than 3,300 workers in the local communities – all from our mining operations. The five-year average contribution from wages, benefits, taxes, goods and services purchased, and local donations and contributions at the Greens Creek, Casa Berardi, and Lucky Friday mines has been more than $800 million at each location.
We have partnerships and agreements with the Indigenous Peoples in many of the areas where we operate. Some of those include:
- Hecla Quebec and the Council of the Abitibiwinni First Nation (CAFN) have signed a Cooperation Agreement that further develops and maintains a long-term relationship between the parties. The Cooperation Agreement ensures employment and business opportunities for CAFN and creates a mechanism that will allow the First Nation community to benefit financially from the long-term success of Hecla’s Casa Berardi mine projects. Read our joint press release to learn more.
- Hecla Québec and the Gitanyow Band in upper British Columbia have entered into an exploration agreement that addresses mutual benefits from future exploration activity, including employment, environment and permitting, as well as additional considerations.
- In Nevada, we’re working with the Western Shoshone Tribe and the Te-Moak Council on a number of cultural and environmental matters, including siting and reclamation of exploration drill sites.
- Our Greens Creek Mine, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks hosted one community workshop to educate and address questions on sustenance fisheries and the impacts of global mercury that may impact the local environment. Other sessions had to be canceled due to COVID-19. We hope to continue them once we are able to host workshops again.
Hecla and our employees strengthen our communities and our company by partnering and contributing in meaningful ways to the economic and social well-being of our host communities. Our company makes it a priority to provide financial contributions toward education, youth activities, community programs, and health services activities.
Hecla created the Pathways to Mining Careers program in 2011 by donating $300,000 to the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Center for Mine Training to develop a unique approach to engage local high school students and to educate and train them for future employment in the mining industry. Since then, the program has expanded to include adults who may be new to the mining industry. Since 2011, Hecla has donated more than $1 million toward supporting sustainable career development programs for the UAS Mine Training Center and the Pathways program. In 2019, we hired two graduates of the Pathways program.
Hecla Québec has partnered with the University of Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue to create the Hecla-Québec Global Development Fund (UQAT Foundation). As a leading partner of the UQAT Foundation, we aim to actively participate in the development of university teaching and research and to support students in their academic journey. We support initiatives such as the “Gala de la persévérance scolaire Hecla Québec,’’ the CRSNG-UQAT Industrial Chair on biodiversity in the mining context, and excellence scholarships for students in support of work-life balance, returning to school, perseverance, and success-training programs. Since 2009, more than $ 1.7 million has been donated to the UQAT Foundation.
In 2019, Hecla Québec hired twelve graduates of the 20th cohort from the Mineral Extraction program at the James Bay Vocational Training Center. The program allows students to perform the practical part of their training at the Casa Berardi Mine.
Hecla offers a reimbursement program to assist with educational expenses for employees who are interested in furthering their education. Advanced education can improve job performance and increase advancement opportunities for the employee, while providing flexibility to our company by increasing the employee’s knowledge base and skillset.
We are also working with the North Idaho College’s Training Center to finalize a training curriculum that can be offered to our employees.
The Hecla Charitable Foundation was established in 2007 to provide grants and disburse funds for educational and charitable purposes to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations. The foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life – and to promote the social, environmental, and economic sustainability and development – of those communities where Hecla has operations and activities.
In the past 10 years, Hecla has contributed nearly $6 million to education, youth activities, community programs, and health services, $3.4 million of which was donated by the Hecla Charitable Foundation.
Grant applicants must submit a Foundation Grant Application including a current IRS tax-exempt determination letter.
Before actual submission of an application, you are strongly encouraged to contact a local Hecla employee and discuss your needs. Grant applications that are in turn recommended to the foundation by Hecla employees in the community have a greater chance of success. Grant applications should be submitted well in advance of funding needs, as there will only be two application review intervals during the year.
Hecla Charitable Foundation Contact
Jeanne DuPont, corporate communications coordinator
Hecla Charitable Foundation
6500 North Mineral Drive, Suite 200, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815-9408
Casa Berardi was honored by the Abitibi-Ouest Chamber of Commerce with the 2016 Excell’Or trophy for economic contribution and sustainable development.