Together, we’re protecting the health and safety of our employees, contractors, communities and the environment.

We are committed to the well-being of our employees, contractors and the environment, and we make every effort to mitigate environmental and safety risks. This is not only fundamental, it is the way we operate – everywhere and every day.

In the spirit of continuous improvement, we fully incorporate health, safety and environmental stewardship as integrated business functions and sustain them through the implementation of our management systems.

Worksite Health & Safety

Worksite Health & Safety

We are committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our most valuable resources – our employees, contractors and communities.

Through training programs and health fairs, we promote the well-being of our employees and partners.

With our safety training programs, we have invested significant resources into ensuring all Coeur members are prepared with the information and tools they need to protect not only themselves, but the teammates that work beside them.

The Loss Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) from 2013 to 2015 has ranged from 0.23 to 0.44, well below industry performance levels of 1.11 to 1.27 reported by MSHA during the same timeframe

(Employees plus contractors)

The 2015 Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) of 1.04 to continues to trend below industry performance levels

(MSHA 2015 TRIFR = 1.7)

We have achieved a 68% reduction in workers' compensation costs since 2013.

Employee-Volunteers Stand Ready

Accessible only by boat or air, our Kensington mine must be equipped to independently handle all emergencies. To ensure we’re prepared, we’ve created a 39-member rescue team consisting of underground and surface divisions as well as emergency trauma and medical technicians.

An all-volunteer force, participating employees attend monthly trainings that enhance their skills and ensure they are familiar with the latest safety measures, from firefighting to vehicle extrication, high-angle rescue and beyond. In addition to their regular drills, the team strives to expand their capabilities, attending safety conferences, workshops and rescue competitions across the country. Thanks to their dedication, we are better able to protect all employees.


Employees Speak Up for Safety

Site-wide participation and ownership are essential components of an effective worksite safety initiative. To perfect these practices, our Rochester mine adopted the Collecting Observations to Eliminate Risk (C.O.E.U.R.) Behavioral Safety Process. C.O.E.U.R. operates with a “Speak Up” mantra, training employees to observe their colleagues and bring attention to at-risk behaviors. After an observation is made, constructive feedback is shared and an action plan put into place. With this hands-on approach, employees are taking initiative and improving operations. Within 24 months of the program’s debut, 117 safety concerns were identified – 111 of which were resolved – and 264 Rochester employees were trained in the observation process.


Taking Health & Safety to the Next Level

We’re taking an innovative approach to health and safety. Rather than simply focusing on compliance, we instituted the Kensington Observation, Mentoring, Education and Training (KOMET) program. KOMET is an integrated and holistic program built on the belief that employees are responsible for each other’s safety. Our 12-hour training course helps employees perform behavior-based observations and identify at-risk behaviors out in the mine. Dangerous situations are identified and appropriate action is taken.

Focusing on peer-to-peer observations, KOMET is about respect, trust and looking after one another. As of the end of 2015, 308 of our 327 Kensington employees have received training, leading to 1,409 reported observations, 93 of which required and received follow up with 81 corrected in 2015. The KOMET program generates meaningful feedback, fosters open discussion and creates a caring and supportive environment.


Promoting Health

Coeur Alaska developed a health fair to encourage employees to take a proactive approach to their health. Working together with our healthcare provider, the fair features a blood screening that measures everything from cholesterol and glucose levels to prostate and thyroid health. Over the years, we’ve added new elements to better meet the needs of our employees, including a test to determine the vitamin D level of those who spend time in the mine with limited access to natural light.

Community Health & Wellness

Community Health & Wellness

We believe in fostering the wellbeing of our surrounding communities.

In many of our locations, we are the leading source of employment. As an integral part of these communities, we feel we are responsible for ensuring all members receive the care they need. That’s why we have made wellness and preventative healthcare a top priority.

Constructing Greenhouses to Improve Nutrition

With a cold climate and arid soil, the Ayllu community in Bolivia struggles to grow vegetables. Between 2012 and 2015, we built 15 solar greenhouses in varying communities and trained more than 80 people in the management and production of vegetables.

Through our greenhouses, we strive to ensure food security, improve children’s nutrition and generate revenue for local community members.


Rebuilding a Community Clinic

To better serve the surrounding community, the Palmarejo health clinic needed a major revamp. Coeur Mexicana saw this need and got to work improving the clinic’s infrastructure. Today, the clinic serves as a home base for a network of health services and training about individual, family and community wellness.


Joining the Fight Against Cancer

Almost everyone has a story about cancer and how it has touched them or those they love. That’s why in 2010, Coeur Alaska decided it was time to take on the fight against cancer and create a team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, an annual 24-hour walking event that raises awareness and funds. Each year since then, our participation has grown. To date, our team, “The Gold Diggers,” has raised more than $50,000.


Making Health a Priority

Health is one of the main pillars of society, and our San Bartolomé mine makes it a priority to invest in and support initiatives that address its population’s needs. Coordinating with local health networks, our community health post and health monitoring system provide holistic care, including prenatal services, immunizations and dental work.


Human Rights

Human Rights

From electricity to clean water, we are committed to protecting the human rights of our employees and communities.

Integrity is a central value at Coeur. We generate trust and respect through clear, inclusive communication. This cooperative climate rewards diverse opinions and fosters ethical behavior within our operations and our communities.

Spreading the Holiday Spirit

Hats, scarves and gloves are items we often take for granted, but the reality is that far too many in our community go without these basic necessities. During the 2015 holiday season, our Wharf mine employees united to provide children from the local Boys & Girls Club with warm winter clothes and food. Thanks to their efforts, 52 children in South Dakota – many of whom live in poverty or are considered high-risk – had a warmer, happier holiday.


Improving Access to Necessities

The lack of access to basic services, from electricity to drinking water, is a common reality for many members of the Ayllu community in Bolivia. That’s why in 2015, we worked with local leaders to improve the community’s access to safe water by 20 percent, household electricity by 100 percent and latrines and basic sanitation by 40 percent.


Local Fish Farm Enriches a Community

Perhaps one of our most innovative human rights efforts was the development of a fish farm in the Chalviri Alta area near our San Bartolomé mine. The farm is helping to improve the dietary needs of the indigenous community and serving as a source of economic revenue.


Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship

Total Tons of Ore Processed


At Coeur, reducing our impact on the environment is a team effort.

Consideration of both current and potential environmental challenges is an integral part of the mining life cycle. We strive to mitigate the environmental impact of our operations, and have comprehensive environmental management programs to meet governmental standards and address risk management and mitigation.

Direct Energy Consumption

(Per Ton of Ore Processed / Megajoules)

Average reduction in total energy consumption per ton of ore processed since 2012

Average reduction in total energy cost (USD) per ton of ore processed since 2012

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

(Per Ton of Ore Processed / Kilograms)

Average reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per ton of ore processed since 2012

Protecting Every Drop

Our Rochester mine has had a water conservation plan in place since it was first developed and we implement best practices for water management and protection. In our annual training, all employees and contractors are kept up-to-date on a number of conservation-related topics including water system maintenance and use, evaporative loss and water withdrawal practices. The training also empowers attendees to conserve water at home through low-flow fixtures and xeriscape residential practices that promote the use of drought-tolerant plants.

From a mine closure and reclamation perspective, Rochester proactively managed backfill placement to prevent groundwater exposures and the formation of a pit lake, thereby protecting groundwater quality and controlling evaporative water losses. Through these efforts, we’re demonstrating our commitment to water stewardship practices at each phase of mine operation and closure.


A Refreshing Approach to Water Treatment

Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, an area known for heavy precipitation, our Wharf mine collects approximately 127 million gallons of storm water that falls on lined facilities each year. To protect the surrounding ground water, this storm water and the process water used in mine production must be denitrified. Wharf has installed cutting-edge biological treatment systems that use bacteria in large tanks to breakdown contaminants. Our denitrification systems handle and recirculate approximately 800 gallons of water a minute and close to one million gallons a day. Our development of these systems was recognized with an award by the South Dakota Department of Environmental Natural Resources.

We also treat the drinking water at our mine. Wharf is considered a non-community public water system, so we drilled a new well on the property several years ago to improve water quality for our employees. In recognition of our efforts, the Wharf mine received a Drinking Water Achievement Award from SDDENR every year since 2010.


Monitoring what Matters

Our San Bartolomé mine has developed a Prevention and Mitigation Plan, Environmental Applications and Management Plan and an Environmental Impact Assessment Study – all of which have been approved by the local Environmental Authority – to clearly identify environmental impacts and track preventative measures. These guidelines cover evaluation of numerous environmental management aspects including water and air quality, noise monitoring, waste management and soil management, among others. The results of our monitoring are reported every six months to the Environmental Authority.


Better Logistics Speeds Cleanup

Historically, the Wharf mine has stored spill kits only at its fuel station and warehouse. If a fuel or hydraulic fluid leak occurred during vehicle operation on the mine site, personnel would have to retrieve the kit from one of these two locations, delaying cleanup. Mine personnel recognized an opportunity for improvement and implemented a program to stock mining equipment and vehicles with the appropriate spill cleanup materials, minimizing response time and keeping processes on track.

Taking the initiative a step further, employees improved the original spill kit by moving its contents from an outdated, inefficient metal tote to an open sided, multi-level container, improving its visibility and accessibility.


Recycling Metrics

Average decrease in non-hazardous and hazardous waste disposal per ton of ore processed

Volume of scrap metal recycled (metric tons)

Average annual volume of scrap metal recycled (metric tons)

Volume of used oil and antifreeze recycled (cubic meters)

Average annual volume of used oil and antifreeze recycled (cubic meters)

*All stats since 2012