Sustainability Excellence Management System (SEMS)
At Goldcorp, sustainability is both a foundational component and functional element that applies company-wide.
Created and rolled out in 2014, the SEMS is our integrated management system for Safety and Health, Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Security. Composed of a framework and clearly defined standards, the SEMS provides organizational structure, responsibilities and practices for implementing and maintaining a desired level of sustainability performance. It is designed to apply across the entire mining lifecycle. Through its implementation, we can effectively deliver on our commitments, measure and monitor our impacts, and achieve our vision of Together, Creating Sustainable Value.
Historically, the various components of sustainability – whether CSR, health and safety, security or environment – were viewed as separate responsibilities. SEMS incorporates sustainability into our core business at all levels, so that our workforce understand they all have a role to play in implementing sustainability at Goldcorp.
In 2016, we completed SEMS audits in four operating sites (Cerro Negro, Musselwhite, Porcupine and Éléonore) and established metrics for SEMS performance measurement and reporting. Under SEMS requirements, each site prepares action plans that consist of multiple tasks designed to address the audit findings. Moving forward, we will continue implementing SEMS standards across our sites, and will assess compliance with the system, strengths and areas of opportunity.
In response to requests from the mines for a better understanding of SEMS, we launched an online training module, Introduction to SEMS, to build awareness and understanding of the system’s purpose and standards, and how to apply SEMS. This training was a key part of ensuring we meet our annual sustainability requirements and was available to employees and contractors with access to computers. Over 3,000 employees and contractors completed the training. Moving forward, we will roll out SEMS course refreshers to our workforce.
SEMS Training in Action
In 2016, our Los Filos mine in Mexico underwent a two-week SEMS training session. Training began in early July, beginning with a theoretical understanding of SEMS. The team spent the first day of training focused on building a better understanding of the sustainability needs of Los Filos by challenging and assessing the site’s understanding of the SEMS standards and requirements. By the end of the first day, each member made a presentation on how Los Filos was complying with the different standards. They identified challenges and opportunities, as well as site-specific tools, procedures and processes required to address gaps and properly implement these standards.
This hands-on training approach created an inclusive and collaborative environment that encouraged participation from all members of the group. Having co-workers leading discussions on site-specific tools with concrete examples led to a lot of discussion and a better understanding of the system.
SEMS connects every task that is completed, at each site and at all levels of our organization. The system provides a systematic approach to the operational framework and ultimately leads to sites increasing their overall NAV.