Respect for human rights is fundamental to our approach. We promote human rights within our areas of influence, respecting our host communities’ cultural heritage, customs and rights, including those of indigenous people.
We act with integrity in our relationships with our stakeholders and fulfil our promises and obligations to them. We comply with the laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate.
We are committed to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and support the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as a framework for the responsibilities of governments and corporations to protect the rights of individuals and groups and ensure redress if these are infringed.
Our expectations of our people
We are committed to the highest standards of personal and professional ethical behaviour at all times. We expect all of our employees to act reasonably to avoid infringing the rights of others and we address any potential or actual adverse impacts of our operations on the rights of others.
Our Group Human Rights Policy
We developed our Group Human Rights Policy in 2013, based on the UN framework. The policy addresses the key risks to human rights we face. These involve labour practices, resettlement activities, the use of security, and engagement with communities, particularly vulnerable groups such as indigenous people. The policy reinforces our commitment to integrating human rights considerations into all aspects of our business, and to protecting our stakeholders’ right to remedy by reviewing and strengthening our complaints and grievance mechanisms.
Private security forces
We operate in regions that require the use of private and state or regional security forces. The risk of human rights abuses and conflict with communities or paramilitary forces is elevated; this could result in Glencore becoming directly or indirectly implicated in allegations of abuse..
While governments have the primary responsibility to promote and protect human rights, we understand that companies can play a supportive role in assisting host governments.
Where recognise the potential for human rights risks associated with private security providers, especially in challenging environments. We have policies outlining their conduct and the local use of force. We provide human rights training to our private security contractors. We record and investigate all allegations of human rights abuses and provide medical aid to anyone injured when force is used.