- 2014 Performance
- Future Focus
Newmont believes that upholding fundamental human rights and respecting customs, cultures and values are critical aspects of sustainable development. Effectively identifying and managing human rights risks also is good business – it helps build relationships based on trust with host communities and governments; protects and enhances our reputation; improves our ability to access capital; complies with local, national and international laws; and is essential in attracting and retaining talent.
Our Code of Conduct commits us to respect and promote human rights, and our Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement Policy includes an explicit statement that we will undertake human rights due diligence processes consistent with the United Nations’ (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the Guiding Principles) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
We also voluntarily commit to the UN Global Compact and participate in its Human Rights Working Group Task Force on Business Engagement with Indigenous Peoples. As a member of the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM), we work toward advancing the industry’s approach to human rights.
Newmont has entered into one significant investment agreement that includes human rights clauses. This agreement is with the government of Suriname related to our Merian development project. We define “significant investment agreements” as those with governments that enable the development of a mine or advance exploration activities within their country.
We employ two primary mechanisms to monitor and track our human rights performance – our complaints and grievances (C&G) registers and the Ethics Solutions Tool. C&G registers – which are required at all sites – aim to address stakeholder concerns in a timely and effective manner to avoid conflict and build trust. The Ethics Solutions Tool provides our workforce and external stakeholders a confidential channel to report any concern about compliance with our Code of Conduct, including potential human rights issues.
Newmont recognizes that all communities have a fundamental right to preserve their culture and heritage. We strive to engage early and often with communities to identify, protect and manage sites having cultural or heritage significance to local stakeholders.
Our approach also includes standards and processes to avoid infringement of human rights related to environment, social and/or land use considerations and indigenous peoples. At the site level, our operations offer a range of human rights training programs tailored to local needs. These programs may include cross-cultural awareness; anti-bullying, security and human rights risks; and general information on human rights.
Security Forces and Human Rights
Newmont is committed to respecting and promoting human rights while ensuring the safety and security of employees, contractors, visitors, facilities, equipment and materials. In addition to our Code of Conduct, our security program is governed by our obligations under the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) and the UN Global Compact.
Along with our duty to protect our employees, contractors and visitors, these obligations include providing human rights training for public and private security personnel who protect our people and facilities from crime, physical damage and business disruption.
Newmont is a formal participant in the VPSHR, and we commit to implement and promote the voluntary principles (VPs) and annually report on our efforts. The VPs are a set of principles that are designed to help companies in the extractive industries maintain safe and secure operations within a framework that respects human rights. Newmont has identified Peru, Indonesia, Ghana and Suriname as the primary focus areas for Newmont’s VPSHR efforts.