Respect for human rights is critical to the sustainability of our business. We take our human rights obligations seriously and demonstrate this by committing to operate in a manner consistent with the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the 10 UN Global Compact principles.
Our commitment to operating to the highest standards of business integrity in relation to human rights and our strategy of focusing on the development of large, long-life operations bestows on us both an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the realisation of a wide range of human rights and a responsibility to respect human rights and mitigate human rights related risks.
Within our operations, we contribute to the realisation of human rights through our rigorous approach to workplace health, safety and labour conditions, ensuring security activities are consistent with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, while also respecting the land tenure rights of landowners and the rights of communities that live near our operations.
Human rights in our company
The human rights commitments in our Code of Business Conduct apply to our contractors and suppliers (where under relevant contractual obligation). These include minimum requirements in relation to the following:
- Child labour
- Children must not be hired to work before completing their compulsory education (as determined by applicable local laws). Notwithstanding local requirements, the minimum age for entry into employment must not be younger than 15 years of age.
- Forced or compulsory labour
- We affirm that we do not allow forced, bonded or involuntary labour.
- Human Trafficking
- We affirm that we do not use labour acquired through human trafficking
- Freedom of association
- In our policy we:
- adopt an open attitude towards the legitimate activities of trade unions;
- allow our workers and representatives to carry out their legitimate representative functions in the workplace and not be discriminated against.
- In our policy we:
- Non-discrimination and diversity
- We promise to:
- provide a work environment in which everyone is treated fairly and gender, cultural, ethnic, religious or other diversity factors such as disability are respected;
- offer employment on the basis of merit;
- not base decisions regarding employment on attributes unrelated to job performance (including but not limited to, race, colour, gender, religion, personal associations, national origin, age, disability, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation and family responsibilities).
- Decisions relating to clients, customers, contractors and other must also be based on merit.
- We promise to:
- Community interaction
- We, and in turn its employees, must treat members of the community with dignity and respect. They must not adversely impact on the health, or safety of members of the community, nor on their wellbeing by engaging in activities such as threatening behaviour, violence, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse, or verbal or psychological harassment or abuse.
- Treatment of employees
- We create and maintain an environment that treats all employees with dignity and respect and must not use or threaten violence, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse, or verbal or psychological harassment or abuse.
UK Modern Slavery Act Statement
The United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires companies carrying on a business in the UK which supply goods or services and have a total annual turnover of £36 million or more, to publish an annual statement describing the steps it has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not occurring in its supply chains or in any parts of its own business.
We publicly report in relation to our human rights annual performance and areas of focus in the Realising and respecting human rights, Operating with ethics and integrity, Actively supporting communities and Engaging with Indigenous peoples chapters of our Sustainability Report.