Respecting and upholding human rights is fundamental to leaving a positive legacy in the communities and regions where we operate. Our commitment is at the very core of our “responsible miner” value and extends to project-impacted communities, Indigenous groups, local employees and suppliers.
We recognize that our local communities have universal human rights and consider these rights in our business decisions. We also make sure that our employees and contractors understand their obligations to respect human rights.
To ensure the VPSHRs are followed, security and community relations personnel receive regular training on the Principles, which involves a mixture of classroom training along with ongoing knowledge checks and examinations. Specific training topics may include:
Communities of interest, project-impacted stakeholders and Indigenous groups are made aware of how to access our community-based grievance mechanism in order to raise a grievance about any security-related behaviour not aligned with the VPSHRs. The mechanisms are developed in alignment with nine criteria to ensure the legitimacy and accessibility of the mechanism and to help provide an appropriate remedy. Find more information on our Feedback and Grievance Mechanism here.
As members of the World Gold Council, we comply with the Conflict-Free Gold Standard. Our 2021 Conflict-Free Gold Report confirms that all gold and gold-bearing materials produced at our operating site have been extracted in a manner that does not cause, support or benefit unlawful armed conflict or contribute to serious human rights abuses or breaches of international humanitarian law.
We aim to develop a human rights due diligence program for all of our operating sites.