As a significant producer of gold and silver for over 90 years, Coeur is helping to contribute to the long-term economic viability of the communities surrounding our five mining operations and across all locations where Coeur maintains a presence. Our efforts create lasting impacts beyond the life of our mines.
Areas of focus for our community partnerships include:
Providing positive short- and long-term direct and indirect financial impact on local and regional economies through local hiring and sourcing, volunteering and donations
Partnering with and engaging community members through community involvement and outreach activities
We provide wages and benefits that contribute not only to our employees’ well-being but also to the economic strength of the communities where we operate. Coeur believes in hiring locally from the communities in which we operate. Hiring local people enhances local knowledge, spurs economic growth and helps to build community support. It also builds a workforce that wants the business to succeed while protecting the local environment and communities.
In 2019, 71% of our employees were from the communities surrounding our operations.
For more information on our strategies and performance, please refer to our 2019 Responsibility Report.
Frankie Graham was born and raised in the farming community of Lovelock, NV, the closest community to the Rochester mine. In her youth, Frankie was active with the local 4H and sports and graduated from Pershing County High School. After graduation, she took college courses in business at the University of Texas at Arlington and Western Nevada Community College.
Frankie gained her first years of work experiences with a law firm in Lovelock, working during high school and then returning later in adulthood. In between, Frankie spent five formative years at the Rochester mine working in the geology, safety, and blasting departments between 1987 and 1993. During that time, she was featured as a member of the blasting crew in an article in the Lovelock Review Miner on women in non-traditional roles.
Frankie left the mine site in 1993 and spent 13 years with the local school district working in the middle school office and, for five of those years, as the girls high school basketball coach. In 2012, Frankie returned to the Rochester team to work for the Human Resources department, and she has been a valued member of the team ever since!
Currently, Frankie is an active member of the Nevada Mining Association Education Committee. When she’s not working or volunteering, Frankie enjoys time with her family, crafting and creating, cooking, outdoor activities, and photography. Coeur is proud to have Frankie as a member of the Rochester team and Lovelock community.
Coeur supports indirect economic development in the communities in which we work and live by striving to use local suppliers when available. Another positive economic impact to communities comes through tax and royalty payment to local governments.Coeur paid over $45.5 million to governments (including Indigenous governing bodies) in taxes, royalties and fees globally in 2019*. This figure does not include payroll taxes or consumption (e.g., sales and use) taxes
* Amount calculated following the Canadian Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act methodology, excluding the minimum payment amount threshold under that legislation. For more information on this methodology, see guidance
Through educational programs, trainings, service days and financial contributions, we support the growth of our communities so they continue to flourish throughout all phases of the mine life cycle. With a large presence in the areas surrounding our operations, we believe it’s important not only to display utmost respect to local traditions but also to play an active part in their preservation and in their continued growth. That’s why at Coeur, we make community involvement and education programs a top priority.
As our company continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we remain fully committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees and the communities in which we operate. You can learn more about how we are protecting our people in the April 7, 2020 press release and our FAQs. We are also assisting our communities in a number of ways to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and care for those impacted by it. Efforts have included donating hand sanitizer, masks and gloves to hospitals and non-profits; supporting the construction of a drive-through COVID-19 testing center; providing food for families and individuals who are in need; matching employee contributions to Project C.U.R.E., an organization providing support to frontline workers; and donating to shelters and food banks in our communities.
Coeur respects and promotes the rights of the indigenous groups in our communities. We foster open and honest communication in all aspects of stakeholder relations and establish long-term mutually beneficial relationships with local indigenous communities.
Coeur Silvertip is committed to fostering strong relationships with and providing employment and business development opportunities to, First Nations and local communities around the mine site. As part of this commitment, we have a socio-economic participation agreement with the five First Nations of the Kaska First Nations and a Communications Agreement with the Tahltan Nation, with whom we are currently negotiating a long-term Impact Benefit Agreement.
Terri Szabo is the Kaska Liaison Officer for the Kaska Nation at Coeur Silvertip, which is located on the ancestral lands of the Kaska People. The Kaska Nation is one of the largest traditional territories in the southern Yukon Territory, and it overlaps into Northern British Columbia. The Nation consists of five bands:
Ms. Szabo was born and raised in the Yukon Territory and is the mother of two daughters, Zoey and Annette, and the grandmother of Kaia and Mackenzie. She has worked with various levels of government and non-profits in administration and restorative justice. Since 2007, she has worked in mining, across the mine life cycle from exploration to reclamation. Ms. Szabo has an Associate of Arts Degree and a bachelor's of Social Work. She spends time volunteering and is the current President of the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s council whose mandate is to fight for the rights of First Nation Women and Girls.
As the Kaska Liaison Officer, Ms. Szabo works closely with Coeur Human Resources in hiring and retaining Kaska Members. She developed and maintains a Kaska Human Resource Inventory used to recruit Kaska Members when there is a job opportunity. Ms. Szabo connects Kaska Members to Silvertip job, training and apprenticeship opportunities for the Silvertip Mine.
Additionally, Ms. Szabo facilitates the identification, communication and resolution of Kaska Member complaints and grievances with Coeur and the Advisory Committee. In her role, she provides reports to the Advisory Committee and to the five Kaska Communities, filling a vital need for communication and stakeholder engagement for the site.
Coeur has the highest regard for the dignity, well-being, and human rights of our employees, the communities in which we work and live and other stakeholders affected by our operations. We do not tolerate any human rights abuses at our operations, with our business partners, or within our supply chain. We do not tolerate child labor or forced labor of any kind and respect our employees' voluntary freedom of association. We engage with local communities, indigenous people, government agencies and other stakeholders to identify, understand and address potential impacts of our operations on human rights.
Coeur's asset platform is North America-focused and U.S.-centric, with a low geopolitical risk profile and not located in or near areas of conflict. Though human rights, security and indigenous rights are important to consider at every site, the lack of conflict and low risk profile mitigates the risks.
Human Rights topics are included in our ethics and compliance trainings to facilitate employee awareness of the Human Rights policy and their involvement in its implementation.