Labour and Management Relations

At Goldcorp, we strive for positive employee-management relationships with both unionized and non-unionized employees. We support our employees’ rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining. These include the right of individual employees to join a union or other work-related cooperative.

Employee Communications

To keep employees informed, we conduct quarterly Town Hall meetings, in which the President and CEO and other senior executives communicate directly with employees. These meetings provide an opportunity for any employee to submit questions to be addressed directly by the senior executives at the meeting. These Town Hall meetings are live, and all our offices and operations are linked via webcast and telephone during the meeting. The Town Hall meeting is provided in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish. French versions of the materials presented are also made available. Feedback from these meetings is further discussed in management and leadership meetings, and senior management ensures that direct responses are communicated, where appropriate. Employee questions that are not addressed in the meeting are responded to via the employee intranet. In 2017, there were four Town Hall meetings. Discussion topics included our corporate strategy, the launch of our new values, key operating milestones, financial and operating results, and new initiatives implemented since the previous meeting. A full audio replay, video clips and written transcripts are available to employees who missed a meeting.

We maintain an employee intranet called Conveyor, which is available to employees at each of our sites and remotely. This is a vehicle for keeping employees up to date on global and site-specific news and events via written articles and/or videos. For employees who are unable to connect to the intranet, mine operations and offices maintain a mix of notice boards, digital displays and/or kiosks where employees can access our intranet. Sites also host daily huddles and regular information sessions to discuss key issues and events. In addition, our Vancouver office and each of our Canadian operations issues their own publications, which provide a variety of local news.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

In our Human Rights Policy, we commit to respecting workers’ rights, including freedom of association, the right to peaceful protest and assembly, and engagement in collective bargaining in alignment with the International Labour Organization Core Conventions. In 2017, there were no incidents of violations or risk to freedom of association and collective bargaining. There were some disruptions at our Peñasquito and Cerro Negro mines; however, they did not impact overall business targets. In line with our vision of Together, Creating Sustainable Value, we continue to work on the continuous improvement of relationships with our key stakeholders.

Of our direct employee base, 40% of our total employees were represented by a collective bargaining agreement in 2017. The existing collective bargaining agreements do not stipulate any timeframes regarding required notice periods concerning operational changes that could significantly affect union employees. The percentage of our contractor workforce covered by similar agreements is unknown.

Location(s) Total Number of Employees (Excluding Contractors) Total Number of Employees Represented by Collective Bargaining Agreements Percentage of Employees Represented by Collective Bargaining Agreements (%)





Canada, Europe, US, Barbados1












Guatemala & Honduras