On November 17, 2017, Goldcorp announced its continued support of the University of Victoria and the Gustavson School of Business’s Centre of Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI), with a $600,000 commitment. The pledge is in addition to the $1.25 million Goldcorp previously committed to the Centre in 2013, and the renewed support will help fund CSSI through to 2021.
The gift announcement was made at the University of Victoria, where Ian Telfer, Goldcorp’s Chairman, spoke about Goldcorp’s support for CSSI and said, “Social and sustainable innovation resonates with Goldcorp because we firmly believe in innovation. Mining is an industry ripe for innovation – we need fresh ideas, different thinking across all aspects of our operations to propel the industry forward in a new way if we are to continue to supply the raw materials that modern society needs. Innovation is needed to make our operations more efficient, safer and to reduce our environmental footprint.”
In 2015, Goldcorp was named to the NASDAQ Sustainability Index as one of the top 100 companies in the world for its sustainability practices. Goldcorp’s vision of Together, Creating Sustainable Value highlights the belief that our business should create both social and economic value, and is most effective when we work in partnership with others.
“Supporting CSSI is aligned with our desire to equip the next generation of business leaders with the skills businesses like Goldcorp need,” says Brent Bergeron, Goldcorp’s Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability. “Goldcorp is committed to sustainable and socially responsible business practices, and CSSI is a thought leader in this field. We’re proud to support the incredible work that they have started.”
Established in 2010, one of CSSI’s priorities is to increase and strengthen sustainability and social responsibility concepts, cases and tools throughout Gustavson’s programs so that students graduate with the knowledge and skills for responsible leadership. CSSI’s recent annual review reported that 92% of undergraduate and 86% of Master of Global Business required courses contain sustainability and corporate responsibility content.
Goldcorp believes that mining responsibly is essential to being a world-class gold producer. Achieving that vision requires innovation and a strong commitment to sustainability. Our organization is closely aligned with the work of CSSI and supportive of the students’ passion for corporate social responsibility initiatives and of their research and innovation developments, and is proud to help further the learning opportunities for students to help gain the skills necessary to run businesses responsibly.
Image, from left to right: Monika Winn, Heather Ranson, Brent Bergeron, Matt Murphy, Viviana Pilato, Camille Meyer and Ian Telfer.