Respecting the rights of our people, developing and promoting our talent and creating an inclusive work environment that recognizes the diversity and the unique experiences of our employees is fundamental to our People First mandate.
Centerra is committed to meeting all regulatory labour requirements in the jurisdictions where we operate, as well as the fundamental labour rights set out by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
We respect our employees’ right to earn fair wages, work decent hours, collectively bargain (freedom of association) and work in an environment where all forms of forced or compulsory labour is prohibited, equal opportunities are promoted and safe working conditions are a top priority.
We continuously strive to exceed our legal requirements. We understand the importance of paying a fair wage to our employees so that they can meet their family’s needs while also saving for the future.
We are committed to maximizing our local hiring. Öksüt is on track to hire most of its workforce from its neighbouring communities, which, in turn, provides meaningful economic opportunities in the local town of Develi and the surrounding villages. More information on our local hiring practices can be found in our Local Content section.
In British Columbia, 18% of our workforce identified as a member of an Indigenous group.
Our global workforce comprised 188 female employees, which represents 17% of our total workforce in comparison to 15% in 2020.
Centerra provides its employees with many financial, health and wellbeing benefits. Employees are eligible for discretionary and performance-based annual incentives, are entitled to receive dental and health benefits, are paid vacation time, and can participate in the Employee Share Purchase Plan (ESPP). Regional benefits include:
- Fitness reimbursements/gym memberships
- Allowances for the celebration of professional and personal employee milestones
- Allowances for funeral-related costs
- Contribution toward a retirement savings plan with company match
Creating a People First Culture and Fostering Internal Talent
Centerra considers talent management to be of critical importance in engaging its employees and consistent with our goal of putting People First. To that end, we have established a number of ongoing initiatives in this area.
To facilitate and encourage employee engagement, retention and on-the-job success, Centerra places a significant focus on the growth and development of its employees. Throughout the year, managers work to provide meaningful feedback that helps guide successful job performance and behaviour modelling aligned with Centerra’s goals and values. Currently, employees receive formal performance reviews from their immediate manager. These reviews serve as an opportunity for employees and managers to collaboratively discuss employee strengths and areas for improvement, and to craft forward-looking development plans that include stretch assignments or supplementary education and training opportunities that can benefit the employee.
Centerra supports employee development through an integrated talent management program based on organizational needs, employee development goals and performance management objectives. This program uses blended learning opportunities wherever possible, including classroom, virtual and self-directed learning opportunities delivered by internal facilitators and external subject matter experts as appropriate.
Competency Toolkits were launched in 2021 to help employees identify core competencies required at the Individual Contributor, Management and Executive Management levels within the organization. Centerra has also established a Learning & Development Working Group dedicated to creating and delivering training content to support the ongoing and future needs of employees and the organization.
Centerra’s support for employee development includes providing financial assistance and job-protected leave for employees who wish to obtain higher education. We also provide mentorship programs and overseas secondment opportunities.