We are committed to upholding human rights, wherever in the world we work.
We are committed to upholding human rights. This means working to reduce the impact we have on others, in countries around the world and acting in line with global standards.
We have a Group human rights policy setting out our position and approach. This policy covers:
- Our labour practices
- Our use of security, including external contractors
- How we engage with communities – including indigenous groups
- How we resettle communities if we need to.
We assess our assets around the world for human rights risks. Where we find risks, we seek to act in line with global best practice.
We also follow frameworks such as:
- The , an industry standard for good governance
- The , which helps us report on our impacts
- The International Finance Corporation’s for resettling communities
- The code
We do not tolerate any form of child or forced labour in our business, including across the global supply where we source and procure our commodities.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some cobalt is produced via artisanal mining (ASM), using child labour. We support efforts to address the endemic poverty in this region that is the underlying cause of ASM.
None of the cobalt that we mine, or third-party cobalt that we trade, uses child labour.
We seek to ensure that we do not deal in commodities associated with labour or human rights abuses.
For example, we have developed robust due diligence processes to ensure that material from ASM in the DRC does not enter our supply chain.
If our operations adversely affect local communities or employees, we work with them to find solutions.
We respect our employees’ right to collective bargaining, and maintain dialogue with labour unions at all our operations.
More than 70% of our employees are represented by an independent trade union or collective bargaining agreement.
In 2016, we provided training on human rights to more than 1,500 directly employed security officers and 2,710 contracted security officers.
Where local military or police forces are present at our assets, we engage with host governments to raise awareness of human rights standards.
As a key part of our approach to human rights, we seek to ensure that communities impacted by our operations have access to remedy.
We have mechanisms to receive grievances. These include dedicated phone numbers, free SMS hotlines, complaints registers in public places, and dedicated offices in communities. We examine all complaints, and let complainants know results in a culturally appropriate way.
We also communicate in ways that are tailored to local communities. For example, we may conduct town hall meetings in which we both inform and listen to communities.