Greens Creek Wins Major Award for Its Leadership, Ethics, and Organization
The Alaska Chamber named Hecla Greens Creek recipient of its prestigious Rita Sholton Large Business of the Year award, which pays tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics, and organization.
“Hecla Greens Creek exemplifies special involvement in Alaska’s communities through an excellent business reputation, long- term commitment to the community, emphasis on safety and environmental responsibility, and their effective efforts to protect their workers and the community during the pandemic,” wrote Deantha Skibinski, Executive Director of the Alaska Miners Association, who nominated Greens Creek.
“It is a real honor be recognized by the Alaska Chamber as the Large Business of the Year” said Brian Erickson, Hecla Greens Creek Vice President and General Manager. “This is truly a credit to every one of our employees who, in spite of unprecedented challenges, helped make this past year such a success.”
The Greens Creek nomination was supported by the University of Alaska Southeast, Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce, and Alaska Electric Light & Power.
“Since 2011 Greens Creek has provided scholarship funding to over 350 Alaska residents to help gain the skills necessary to be successful in the mining industry,” wrote UAS Chancellor Karen Carey. “With over $500,000 going directly to student aid, Hecla Greens Creek is UAS’ largest sponsor of students.”
Constance Hulbert, AEL&P’s President and General Manager, noted that the power sales agreement with Greens Creek has “benefitted Juneau residents to the tune of over $70 million since 2009. The purchase of renewable energy from AEL&P reduces the carbon emissions that the mine would otherwise produce while helping to pay for hydroelectric infrastructure that will benefit Juneau residents for generations to come.”
“As a ‘corporate citizen’ Hecla has consistently ensured that they participate in and contribute to local organizations through a very generous program of direct donations and thorough their Foundation,” wrote Craig Dahl, Executive Director of the Juneau Chamber. “This past year, many businesses and organizations were being crushed by the complete shutdown of the economy. Even though Hecla was experiencing huge additional costs to maintain their 24/7 operations, they continued to contribute to the organizations they had to supported in years past to help them through their own challenging time. They could have said ‘no… others did.’”
The award was presented July 20 during a reception in Anchorage.