Our annual Working Toward Sustainable Development report is organized around the Sustainability Focus Areas identified through our Sustainable Development Risk Register process at the global level. We manage these Sustainability Focus Areas daily, including the associated potential impacts to rights holders.
We also are working with third-party Verisk Maplecroft to implement human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) on a risk-basis using a framework aligned with the UN Guiding Principles. To date we have completed both our Corporate HRIA in 2014 and our first site-level HRIA at our former Tenke Fungurume Mine in the DRC in 2015 (TFM HRIA). Preliminary work on our second site-level HRIA for our Cerro Verde operation in Peru (Cerro Verde HRIA) was initiated in 2016. Planning for the Cerro Verde HRIA is therefore also a focus of our 2016 Human Rights reporting.
As a first step in our UN Guiding Principles implementation, we developed a ‘dashboard’ of human rights issues relevant to our mining related activities. The issues were mapped against recognized international human rights to ensure a comprehensive, rights-driven approach while being organized in a way that is accessible to our internal and external stakeholders. The dashboard reflects the scope of our HRIA methodology and was enhanced in 2016 to include additional emphasis on the local/domestic value chain. Certain dashboard topics (like artisanal mining and indigenous peoples) may not be relevant at every operating location. Salient human rights issues identified via site-level HRIAs will vary by site. For example, key issues identified in our first site-level HRIA (the TFM HRIA) can be found on page 18 of our 2016 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report.
Human Rights Impact Assessment Scope or “Dashboard”
Topics reflected in the dashboard have been mapped against recognized international human rights
We manage our Sustainability Focus Areas daily, including the associated potential impacts to rights holders. They include, for example, workforce safety and fatality prevention, interactions with host government security, and management of community grievances. Refer to our 2016 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for our current Sustainability Focus Areas and how we manage them.
Determination of Salient Human Rights Issues
Globally and on an ongoing basis, our Sustainable Development framework is implemented based on operation-specific factors and influences, including regional context, type of operation and social setting. Essential to this framework is the Sustainable Development Risk Register process, which prioritizes risks that could have the potential for negative consequences to our business and our stakeholders as it relates to areas including health and safety, respect for human rights, the environment and community stability and economic impacts. Sustainability focus areas identified through this process at the global level are reviewed annually by our Sustainable Development Leadership Team and communicated to members of the board. They are described throughout our Annual Working Toward Sustainable Development Reports.
In addition, salient human rights issues are being identified on a site-by-site basis as we continue the roll out of the site-level HRIA methodology. This is being done on a risk-basis (as determined by the Corporate HRIA) – as well as other practical considerations. The dashboard above outlines the scope of this methodology, which is described further in the Assessing Impacts section below. The results of (and methodology behind) both the Corporate HRIA and the TFM HRIA were subject to feedback from international-level stakeholders via meetings in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Choice of Focal Geographies
The 2014 Corporate HRIA focused on all of our operating mining and metals sites. Our former TFM operation was prioritized for our first site-level HRIA on the basis that it was identified as our highest-ranking site for both potential and actual impacts in the Corporate HRIA. We completed the TFM HRIA in the DRC in 2015 and in 2016 we conducted preliminary work on our second site-level HRIA at Cerro Verde in Peru. The assessment is scheduled for completion in 2017. Peru is therefore our current focal geography.
PHOTO DESCRIPTION: The wastewater treatment plant for the City of Arequipa supplements existing water supplies to support Cerro Verde’s expansion. As a result, regional water quality is improving.