Contributing to the Community and the Environment
ENVIRONMENTAL - Through its agreement and partnership with the Government of Canada, Alexco invested more than $20 million to remediate historical health and wildlife hazards throughout the Keno Hill District and has reduced zinc release from the historical Galkeno 300 mine by 99.5%. This also included the permanent removal of over half a million kilograms of zinc and other heavy metals pollution from water that continues to discharge from historical adits – an effort which has resulted in a 75% reduction in the amount of zinc entering Christal Creek alone.
HEALTH & SAFETY - Social responsibility includes paying close attention to the daily welfare of employees through extensive health and safety programs and by providing intensive safety training for workers at site. Alexco makes promoting a corporate culture of safe working habits a high priority, and in 2012 received recognition from the PDAC and AME BC “Safe Day Every Day” program for working lost time accident-free in 2011. Alexco has also removed hazards such as open shafts and collapsing buildings to make Keno Hill a safer place for the public and tourists, and expects continued significant savings to taxpayers in the future as Alexco carries on its work at Keno Hill.
COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS - “Giving back” isn’t something Alexco does only as a philanthropic gesture; it’s what the Company does wherever they live and work. Since becoming involved with the Keno Hill Silver District, Alexco has contributed more than $60 million to the region via community donations and business contracts with Yukon-based vendors and suppliers. In an area that was experiencing a shortage of jobs during that time, Alexco provided work for more than 180 Canadian employees and contractors, with more than 50% of Alexco employees being Yukon residents.