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 2021 Workforce Data Snapshot

2,165

Total Workforce

1,650

Direct Workers

515*

Contractors

* Contractor headcount was estimated by converting the total contractor hours worked to full-time equivalents (FTEs)

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Local Hiring and Procurement is a Top Priority

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80% of our total workforce is local to our operations

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79% of Casa Beradi’s workers are natives of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in Quebec

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Hecla has 620 suppliers, including 350 from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in Quebec

Learn why Hecla is only as good as our people.

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Hecla Mentorship Program

In 2021, we launched a mentoring program for new hires in various entry-level professional fields including accounting, finance, geology, engineering, and metallurgy. The new hires are paired with retired Hecla employees, or other professionals in the community, who serve as mentors to answer questions and counsel the new professionals on ways to grow professionally to be considered for leadership roles.

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 and currently 25% of our directors are women, including Ms. Alice Wong, who joined in 2021.

Local Comes First

In general, our workforce reflects the demographics of the communities near our mine sites. Our Greens Creek Mine in Alaska has been an outlier because we cannot fill all the open positions through the local population. While we target local Alaska residents, we also post job openings in the lower 48 states with the primary goal of attracting talented employees who are dedicated to our values of excellence and safety.

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 women made up 10% of our total workforce in 2021 and 22% at the managerial level. 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

Hecla Quebec promotes inclusion and acceptance of diverse cultures. We developed a Cultural Awareness Training Program, working with a consultant, which was provided to all department heads in 2021.

Diversity Training

We also hold company-wide diversity and anti-discrimination training.

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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 2021, our employees and contractors received 48,981 hours of health and safety training.

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In 2021, site employees company-wide received more than 1,500 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.