Our People

We are only as good as our people

Hecla is dedicated to investing in technology, training, systems, and programs to protect and support our people. Our commitment to local recruitment and talent management is essential to company performance and our social license to operate.

Human Capital Management

Hecla’s workforce has been the engine powering its success for over 130 years, which is why our policies and practices related to people have always been integrated into Hecla’s overall business strategy and objectives. The tracking and collecting of human capital management (HCM) data, including new hires, retention, and diversity of our workforce, is an important component of business management and planning. Learn who at our Company is responsible for HCM.

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Hecla 2022 Workforce Data Snapshot


Total Workforce


Direct Workers



* Estimated by converting total contractor hours worked to full-time equivalents (FTEs)

Hecla Employee Graphs for gender, age, and ethnicity

Though the mining industry has traditionally had a predominantly male workforce, Hecla seeks to create more opportunities for women in the company. In 2022, women represented:

Local Hiring and Procurement is a Top Priority


72% of our total workforce is local to our operations


89% of workers at the Casa Berardi mine are local to our operation


At the Lucky Friday mine, 85% of new hires in 2022 were from local communities

Local Procurement

Several of our mining operations prioritize using local vendors, which helps to build service partnerships, supports local businesses, strengthens the local economy, and minimizes lead time. For example, the company Northwest Mine Supply is an established vendor for Hecla’s mines in the Pacific Northwest and its business is growing along with the mines in the region. Hecla understands the importance of capacity building, and is continually looking for opportunities to provide training, employment, and economic benefits through contracts to businesses owned and operated by members of local communities and Indigenous Peoples.

Learn why Hecla is only as good as our people.

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Human Rights and Responsible Supply Chain

Hecla supports fundamental human rights in all our operations, including our supply chain, and in all jurisdictions in which it conducts business. We operate in countries where human rights laws are respected and promoted. Our Human Rights Statement discusses our commitment to conduct business in a manner consistent with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

We seek to work with suppliers who share our values and ethical standards. Our Supplier Code of Conduct describes our expectations for all suppliers, vendors, and third-party contractors to act ethically when conducting business on Hecla’s behalf. Suppliers are also expected to adhere to the Hecla Code of Conduct.

Hecla Mentorship Program

As part of our workforce training program, new hires in various entry-level professional fields including accounting, finance, geology, engineering, and metallurgy, can participate in a mentoring program where they are paired with retired Hecla employees or other professionals in the community.

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Fostering Diversity & Inclusion

Starts at the Top

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion starts at the top with our Board of Directors and the Board’s Governance and Social Responsibility Committee. Our Board recognizes the benefits of having directors who bring diversity of gender, age, race, ethnicity, and cultural background. In 2017, we had no women on our Board. Currently, 33% of our directors are women, including Board Chair Catherine Boggs, who was elected in 2022.

Local Comes First

In general, our workforce reflects the demographics of the communities near our mine sites. Hecla analyzes this trend on a yearly basis in support of our goal to be a responsible employer in the communities where we operate. In 2022, our U.S. workforce was more racially diverse than the communities in which we work, with the exception of our Juneau, Alaska site.

Creating Opportunities

Though the mining industry has traditionally had a predominantly male workforce, Hecla seeks to create more opportunities for women in the Company. We participate in the Women in Mining organization, and in 2023, women made up 10% of our total workforce and 22% of our professional/managerial positions. We have implemented programs to foster the hiring and retention of women including the creation of networking opportunities with senior executives and Board members.

Promoting Diverse Cultures

For our Casa Berardi mine in Quebec, we provide annual cultural awareness training for all department heads. This training was developed specifically for Hecla in 2021.

Diversity & Inclusion Training

Hecla holds companywide DEI training to foster an inclusive, welcoming workplace. Trainings are mandatory and employee participation is monitored and tracked by a third party to ensure actual completion.

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Discrimination & Harassment

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and complying with all applicable employment laws in the countries where we operate, as outlined in the “Employee Relations” section of our Code of Conduct.

Workforce Skills & Capabilities

We seek to hire people with relevant and current skills and qualifications for modern mining operations, and we give them continuous access to training and growth opportunities. Safety and health training requirements for our workforce are specified in Hecla’s Safety and Health Policy, as part of our Safety Health and Management System

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In 2022, our employees and contractors received 45,132 hours of health and safety training.

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In 2022, site employees company-wide received more than 3,568 hours of environmental training.

Hecla places a strong emphasis on making sure that employees are trained to manage and execute emerging technologies that make our workplace safer and more efficient.

  • The advanced worker progression skill training in partnership with North Idaho College  Workforce Training Center in Coeur d’Alene, to equip the Lucky Friday workforce with the tools they need to expand their skill sets.
  • We offer a tuition reimbursement program to assist with educational expenses for employees who are interested in furthering their education.
  • At Lucky Friday, we provide on-line training through Caterpillar and Epiroc to ensure our miners continually expand their skill sets.