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.
We provide training sessions to directly employed and contracted security officers. We are also working to raise awareness among public security forces present at our operations.
In Chad, our oil exploration and production team undertakes annual reviews of security. The review involves the Ministries Department.
During 2017, the review focused on: the prevention of vandalism acts on facilities and equipment, theft, avoidance of unnecessary night walks around facilities after the 6pm curfew and engagement with the night patrol military team.
In Colombia, eight critical contractors received training specifically on the rights of children and all of Prodeco’s security employees attended a human rights workshop organised by the Universidad del Norte. Prodeco also completed an action plan to reduce and eliminate the gaps identified by a human rights risk assessment undertaken in 2016. This included further engagement with stakeholders.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, our Katanga and Mutanda operations provided training for 1,530 contractors and 148 employees, a further 30 mine police participated in an information session. Mutanda also provides regular training to the regional police force.
In Peru, our Antapaccay copper operation held two training programmes that involved three sessions in May and three sessions in December. These programmes trained the 150 private security contractors.
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.