Strengthening our ties, deepening our engagement

We act in a socially responsible manner and contribute to the communities in which we operate in order to make a positive difference. We are committed to working with our employees, other stakeholders and rightsholders to create growth and prosperity, allowing everyone to benefit from our mining experience. 

2021 Key Highlights

  Combined Legacy Agnico Eagle Legacy Kirkland Lake Gold
In community investments  $9,976M $5,992M $3,984M
In local procurement spend $1,528M $1,052M $475M
Proportion of spending with locally based suppliers 46% 54% 33%

Paid to employees in wages and benefits
$1,039M $698M $340M

 

Community Engagement

We want our local stakeholders to understand our activities and priorities, and we also want to know their concerns. Community relations and stakeholder engagement is integrated into our RMMS (Risk Management and Monitoring System), ensuring our sustainability programs remain focused on stakeholder priorities and social risks are regularly assessed.

We engage with key stakeholders during all stages of the life cycle of our mining projects. We adapt our initiatives to address the communication preferences of impacted communities; specific circumstances related to remote locations; and, to ensure any agreements align with local, provincial and/ or national jurisdiction requirements. Throughout the pandemic we embraced online tools and physically distant meetings to continue our engagement with communities. 

 

Indigenous Relations

Fostering positive and collaborative relationships with local indigenous peoples is essential for building the foundations of a successful project and ensuring mutual benefits for all. Agnico Eagle supports the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and applies its principles, norms and standards through our Indigenous Peoples Engagement Policy. At Legacy Kirkland Lake Gold operations, a comparable Indigenous, Communities & Stakeholder Standard is in place. Both approaches focus on establishing mutually beneficial, cooperative, and productive relationships. In 2021, we continued to build early meaningful engagement, respectful relationships, and obtain the free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples before proceeding with economic development projects. We also continued to engage and collaborate with the local indigenous communities affected and potentially affected by existing projects. 

Tracking Community Feedback and Issues

Significant Disputes
Significant disputes refer to a sustained conflict between Agnico Eagle and the local community and/or Indigenous Peoples that cannot be resolved by the parties involved and requires legal or other third-party intervention or result in site shutdowns or project delays due to nontechnical factors. In 2021, we experienced zero (0) significant disputes at our Legacy Agnico Eagle operations and one dispute at Legacy Kirkland Lake Gold’s operations.

The dispute relates to Fosterville Gold Mine (FGM) and complaints of noise pollution by the surrounding area's residents. Following independent monitoring and investigations by both FGM and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA), FGM took further measures to reduce low frequency noise that was identified within a narrow band of frequency, such as reducing the speed of the surface ventilation fans between the hours of midnight and 6:00 am. This measure resulted in a measurable reduction in low frequency noise and all operations at FGM remain in accordance with EPA requirements.

Complaints
Complaints are any notification given by a community member, group or institution, to the Company or division, that they have suffered some form of offence, detriment, impairment or loss as a result of business activity and/or employee or contractor behavior. We work on replying and resolving issues in a timely manner and implementing action plans to address root causes of complaints.

Employment Wages and Benefits

In 2021, Agnico Eagle provided approximately $698 million in wages and benefits and Legacy Kirkland Lake Gold $340 million. Although we do not measure the direct and indirect economic impact of employee wage spending on local goods and services, it is an important factor in Agnico Eagle’s economic contributions to our host communities and regions.

Community Investments

In 2021, our community investment and contribution programs continued to target initiatives that enable each of the communities where we operate to benefit from economic development in their region, even after mining ceases.  

Our goal is to provide both Agnico Eagle and our host communities with optimum return on our investments in strategic health, education, and capacity-building initiatives.  

In 2021 alone, Legacy Agnico Eagle contributed $6 million to various local organizations and events and Legacy Kirkland Lake Gold $4 million. Most funds went to health (31%), community engagement (21%), and education funding (14%). 

 

Buying from Local and Indigenous Suppliers

Agnico Eagle strives, where feasible, to buy goods and services from locally based suppliers as a way of supporting the economic vitality of our communities, while at the same time reducing the environmental impact of transporting materials and people from distant locations to our sites. Local suppliers must meet the same criteria as all potential suppliers must meet in order to do business with our Company. In 2021, our Legacy Agnico Eagle mining operations spent $1.1 billion and Legacy Kirkland Lake Gold $475 millions on the procurement of local goods and services. This represents 45% of all mining procurement spend in 2021. In Nunavut, Indigenous procurement is a key element of our Inuit Impact Benefit Agreements (IIBAs) and is characterized as businesses registered with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI). In 2021, 62% ($556 million) of Meadowbank and Meliadine procurement spending was with Indigenous, NTI-registered suppliers. Our Nunavut operations work closely with the Kivalliq Inuit Association to address challenges and enhance opportunities for businesses in the region. To promote and facilitate access to business opportunities, we provide workshops and assistance to Inuit firms in addition to entrepreneurial training.  

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