Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Dec 3, 2020)
Here are some of the reasons why Kinross Gold Corporation was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):
- Kinross Gold Corporation launched a new appreciation initiative called COVID-19 Champions to recognize employees who go above and beyond to help their colleagues, the company and their communities during the pandemic -- recipients were featured on the company's global website and were awarded with a small gift and a letter of recognition from the CEO
- Kinross Gold Corporation provides generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 95 per cent of salary for up to 27 weeks), as well as parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 95 per cent of salary for up to 10 weeks)
- Along with tuition subsidies for job-related courses, Kinross Gold Corporation supports ongoing professional development through a number of in-house training initiatives, including Generation Gold for high-potential employees with less than two years of experience and a professional development program to provide international experience for more seasoned individuals
Kinross Gold staff help communities – and each other
For Alyssa Chin, a legal department executive assistant at the Toronto headquarters of Kinross Gold Corporation, baking has long been a personal passion. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s one that she’s shared with co-workers to increase employee morale and keep people connected.
Beginning in April, Chin volunteered to host weekly virtual baking lessons for employees and their families. She provides participants with her recipes and the ingredients they will need and then walks them through the baking process in a one-hour video call. They can ask questions, share their creations and get to know each other in a new way.
“It’s bringing together people who might not normally meet,” she says. “You see their kids, meet their significant others and get a glimpse into what their life is like outside of the office.”
Chin is one of 14 global Kinross Gold employees who have been recognized by the company as “COVID-19 Champions” for going above and beyond to support their colleagues during the pandemic in the areas of health and safety, innovation, community support and team morale.
Kinross Gold is a senior gold mining company with a diverse portfolio of mines and projects in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, Mauritania and Russia. It employs about 9,000 people worldwide.
Since the pandemic struck, the company’s mines have continued to operate, while adhering to strict practices and protocols to ensure employees can do so safely and avoid exposure to COVID-19.
The Toronto headquarters and regional offices shut down in early March, with everyone working remotely from home. Starting in July, employees were given the option of returning to the office or not, again with strict health and safety protocols in place.
Across its operations, Kinross has been supporting employees through a variety of measures, including 24/7 emergency medical assistance, flexible work hours and access to human resources specialists to ensure their needs are being met.
Kinross has also undertaken an ambitious global COVID-19 response plan, committing a total of US$5.8 million to support host governments and meet the needs of the communities where it operates.
Working with community, regional and national health authorities, the company identified four key areas of support – healthcare institutions and hospitals; vulnerable populations; small businesses; and medical research.
In Brazil, for example, Kinross helped provide ventilators and test kits for local hospitals. In Mauritania, it donated 38 fully equipped ambulances to the Mauritanian government and provided food supplies to rural families during Ramadan. In Alaska, the company supported groups that provide food security for the elderly and homeless as well as a hotline for families in crisis.
In Toronto, Kinross donated $100,000 to the Sunnybrook Foundation as part of a community of donors that raised $1 million to support a Canadian clinical trial investigating the use of plasma antibodies to treat COVID-19 patients.
Individual employees have also stepped up, whether it’s sourcing masks, assisting food banks or volunteering to help vulnerable groups.
“At Kinross, we’ve always believed that our values and culture are the foundation of everything we do,” says Tara Wiseman, vice-president, global human resources. “It’s been wonderful to see our employees and company living out our values at such a unique time.”
Wiseman adds that it has also been heartening to see Chin and the other COVID-19 Champions reaching out to support their colleagues.
“This pandemic is challenging and a bit of a rollercoaster; you have good days and bad days,” says Wiseman. “It’s a huge credit to our people that we’ve found ways to keep the company operating safely and help each other along the way.”