At Hecla, responsible mining is about being transparent and open. It’s a commitment both to the safety of our people and to the protection of the environment, as well as to continuous improvement through technological innovation. And it’s made possible thanks to the dedication of our employees – and with the support of our leadership and the communities in which we operate.
Our Environmental Management System was developed to ensure continuous improvement in our environmental performance – while promoting a culture of awareness to and seeking contributions from every one of our employees.
- our Environmental Management System uses standardized processes and practices to improve compliance, reduce environmental impact, and increase operating efficiencies
- 60% less diesel fuel consumption at Greens Creek through the use of interruptible hydropower (since 2006)
- 50% of Greens Creek and Casa Berardi tailings returned underground as structural fill
- 8% more loads, 17% less energy use per vehicle due to autonomous haulage and hoisting at Casa Berardi
- more than $175 million committed to ensuring mined lands are successfully reclaimed following operations
- more than $1 million in annual energy savings at Greens Creek due to on-demand ventilation
- 49,000 metric tons of Scope 1 CO2 equivalents and 463 metric tons of Scope 2 CO2 equivalents company-wide in 2017
- completed independent tailings stewardship reviews at both Casa Berardi and Midas Mines in 2018
- water audits at each active operation to reduce freshwater use and maximize recycling opportunities
- reclamation on track at the former Troy Mine, where more than 90% of tailings have been covered or topsoiled and seeded
- partnered with Western Shoshone Tribe in concurrent reclamation at Hollister Mine – and in siting exploration pads to minimize disturbance
- currently establishing 2019 water conservation targets
Our greatest resource is our people; their health and safety is our highest priority. It’s the same goal wherever we operate: Send employees and contractors home to their families safe and sound – every day.
- first hardrock mining company to receive independent certification under the National Mining Association’s CORESafety system in 2016
- Casa Berardi became the first internationally operated mine to become CORESafety-certified in 2018
- company-sponsored health, wellness, and education programs for all employees
- more than 53,000 hours, company-wide, of safety and health training in 2017
- 55% decrease in the All Injury Frequency Rate, 2012-17
- first place, Central Mine Rescue Competition, Lucky Friday Mine Rescue Team, 2017
- second place, Central Mine Rescue Competition, Greens Creek Mine Rescue Team, 2017
- seventh place overall (out of 44), National Metal/Non-Metal Mine Rescue Competition, Lucky Friday Mine Rescue Team, 2018
- tenth place overall (out of 44), National Metal/Non-Metal Mine Rescue Competition, Greens Creek Mine Rescue Team, 2018
We believe our corporate responsibility extends to the communities in which we conduct business – by partnering and contributing in a meaningful way to their economic and social well-being.
- entered into an exploration agreement in 2018 with upper British Columbia’s Gitanyow Band
- $2.7 million in Hecla Charitable Foundation contributions since 2009
- more than $1 million in donations toward student scholarships by the Hecla UQAT Foundation in Quebec since 2009
- $900,000 given to support sustainable career development programs at Greens Creek Mine since 2011
- Casa Berardi awarded the 2016 Excell’Or trophy for economic contribution and sustainable development by the Abitibi-Ouest Chamber of Commerce
- largest private-sector employer in Juneau, Alaska
- Hecla employees volunteer as members of school boards, provide education in health and safety, coach sports teams, promote mining education at the local and state levels, or participate in programs with local museums to preserve mining’s rich heritage
- annual student internship programs provide local students exposure to the multifaceted careers available in the industry
We seek not only to pursue, but also to deliver the highest standard of ethics and integrity in every aspect of our business – in order to be a positive influence wherever we operate.
- operations located in the top 10 jurisdictions in terms of investment attractiveness (Fraser Institute, 2017)
- leadership positions in the National Mining Association, the Québec Mining Association, the American Exploration & Mining Association, and Camimex
- representatives on governing committees of the Alaska, Idaho, and Nevada Mining Associations
- Mark Board, Vice President – Technical Services, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014 and received the SME Rock Mechanics Award in 2013