We believe that responsibility undertaken in gold mining can play an important and positive role in supporting sustainable development, and we are working to support progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGS).

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End Poverty in all it’s forms everywhere.

We provide high-quality employment with living wages and benefits which contributes to the prosperity of the middle class in our host communities. We support local businesses through the procurement of goods and services and generate significant revenues through taxes, royalties and dividends for governments to invest in economic and social development.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Financially supported employees unable to work at our mines due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • Entrepreneurial training & local business assistance

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End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

As part of our community investment strategy, we work alongside communities to identify and support health initiatives including those that provide people in need with nutritious food. We minimize and mitigate operating impacts on biodiversity to safeguard the sustainability of subsidence hunting, fishing and gathering. We look for innovative solutions that create synergies between mining and local agriculture.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Provide food basket and support to food banks, country food and harvest
  • Bee and pollinating species programs

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Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Ensure our workforce has the knowledge, tools and training they need to perform their duties in an optimal and safe manner. Develop well-being programs to promote and support healthy lives.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Towards zero-accidents initiative
  • On-site gyms and fitness opportunities
  • Metal health awareness campaigns

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Ensure inclusive equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

We support and partner with existing educational institutions to expand access to education and we promote the education of our workforce as pathway to a better life for our employees and their children.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Student and apprenticeship programs
  • Scholarships to support post-secondary education
  • On-site educators in Nunavut

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Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

We implement programs to promote gender equality, including efforts to recruit and retain female employees, and we support training and education opportunities focused on women in the areas where we operate.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Policy, Council and Action Plan
  • Conversations with Successful Women

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Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Agnico Eagle’s water management program is based on three key elements: maintaining water quality in the receiving environment, collaborating with our communities of interest to ensure the fair allocation of water and using water efficiently.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Water distribution network project

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Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Increasing the proportion of non-carbon emitting electricity sources is critical for Agnico Eagle to meet our long-term energy and GHG objectives. We believe that by working closely with local businesses, communities, and governments we can find solutions that not only reduce our carbon footprint but provide emission reductions for the region as a whole in addition to creating economic benefits.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Support initiatives for infrastructure development that would bring hydroelectricity from Northern Manitoba to the Kivalliq region

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Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

We promote social economic growth in the regions where we operate by providing high-quality employment opportunities and having community investments programs that target initiatives that support local economic development, even after mining ceases. In 2020, we paid approximately $621M in wages and benefits within our operating communities and $1.34M in community investments targeting economic development.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Provided investments to support 7 legacy projects in Nunavut

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Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

We work with our local communities to support sustainable growth and the development of local infrastructure and other community initiatives. We foster innovation by participating in leading-edge mining industry initiatives, as well as by investing in R&D to reduce our environmental footprint and implement new underground technology that supports our commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Examining and implementing new Long-term Evolution (“LTE”) network technologies
  • Developing and implementing with OEM automation technology at LaRonde

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Reduce inequality within and among countries.

We strive to ensure that our presence in a region or a country enhances the quality of life in all the communities that surround our project. We have processes in place to include vulnerable groups in community engagement initiatives. Our Diversity and Inclusion policy outlines our commitment to treat each other equally, fairly, and consistently with equal access to opportunities and recognition.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Provided support to vulnerable groups throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

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Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

As early as possible in the project development phase, we engage and partner with local stakeholders and Indigenous communities to assess the levels of social acceptability and potential impacts of the project within the host community. This allows us to mitigate potential negative impacts, and discover opportunities for collaboration, avoiding potential conflict and building community relationships on a foundation of trust and transparency.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Commitment to not explore or seek to develop new mining operations in an area designated as a World Heritage Site

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Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

We work to minimize our use of water, land and chemicals, and to recycle and reuse our waste materials.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Meliadine Goes Greener
  • 95% of the mobile equipment at Lapa mine was recovered and reused

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Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

We are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving our overall energy efficiency and by implementing low carbon technologies. In 2020, we started aligning our reporting with TCFD. We are currently working on a first Climate Action Plan Strategy and initiating climate related risks assessments.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Set a target of net-zero carbon by 2050
  • Goldex Rail-Veyor

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Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Identify, evaluate, and respond to watershed related risks and opportunities to reduce cumulative impact on other users and the environment. Take actions to mitigate the impact of shipping routes.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Marine mammal monitoring

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Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.

Under the Biodiversity Preservation protocol of the Toward Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, each of our mines is tasked with finding a way to contribute to the preservation of the biodiversity and to leave as small an ecological footprint as possible.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Protection of Lapland buttercups
  • Terrestrial Advisory Committee (Nunavut)
  • In-situ Cattle Soil Regeneration Program

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Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

Our governance practices guide our behaviour and performance, helping to ensure we act in an ethically responsible manner, uphold our core values and fulfil the commitments of Agnico Eagle’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. We also subject our company to the scrutiny of national and international organizations with respect to our business and human rights practices.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Adopted and implemented the World Gold Council’s (WGC) Conflict-Free Gold Standard (CFGS)

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Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable developments.

We partner and collaborate with organizations and stakeholders at the global, regional, and local level to support the achievement of sustainable development goals.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  • Stakeholder Advisor Committee
  • Members of Mining Association of Canada and World Gold Council
  • Partnerships with Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue