Our annual Working Toward Sustainable Development report is organized around the Sustainability Focus Areas identified through our Sustainable Development (SD) Risk Register process at the global level. We manage these Sustainability Focus Areas daily, including the associated potential impacts to rights holders. To learn more about the SD Risk Register Process, refer to: Sustainable Development Risk Register.
For more information on our current Sustainability Focus Areas, refer to: Sustainability Focus Areas .
We continue to work with Verisk Maplecroft, a global risk analytics and advisory firm, to implement human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) on a risk-basis using a framework aligned with the UN Guiding Principles. To this end, we completed a Corporate-level HRIA in 2014. The Corporate HRIA focused on all of our operating mining and metals sites. In 2016, we initiated a site-level HRIA for our Cerro Verde operation in Peru. The Cerro Verde HRIA was completed in 2017. The Cerro Verde HRIA is therefore also a focus of our 2017 Human Rights reporting.
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, labor relations, water, and management of community grievances. Refer to our 2017 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for our current Sustainability Focus Areas and how we manage them.
In addition, 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 Cerro Verde HRIA can be found at: Cerro Verde HRIA.
Human Rights Impact Assessment Scope or “Dashboard”
Topics reflected in the dashboard have been mapped against recognized international human rights
Determination of Salient Human Rights Issues
Globally and on an ongoing basis, our Sustainable Development (SD) 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 SD 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. Our SD Risk Register process has been updated in 2018 and human rights considerations are integrated throughout the SD risk register category definitions to reflect the broader scope of potential impacts relevant to our business activities such as outlined in our dashboard. The updated SD risk register categories and definitions will assist sites in identifying, preventing and/or mitigating potential impacts to rights holders. When evaluating each of the SD risk categories, operations consider where they may be at risk of causing or contributing to adverse impacts to individuals rights. This reflects our efforts to further integrate respect for human rights into our existing sustainable development management systems.
Sustainability Focus Areas identified through this process at the global level are reviewed annually by our SD 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 to implement our site-level HRIA methodology. This is being done on a risk-basis (as determined by the Corporate HRIA) – as well as other practical considerations. Our Dashboard outlines the scope of this methodology, which is described further in the Assessing Impacts section. The results of (and methodology behind) our Corporate and site-level HRIAs continue to be subject to feedback from international-level stakeholders. Most recently, we organized one set of international stakeholders calls in 2017 focused on planning for the Cerro Verde HRIA and another set of calls in early 2018 on the results of the Cerro Verde HRIA and next steps.
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.