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Human rights

Respect for human rights is a key aspect of sustainable development and a baseline expectation of all our members. Companies cannot ‘offset’ human rights abuses by compensating for harm in one area by performing good deeds in another.

Mining companies can potentially impact the human rights of employees, customers, contractors and communities either positively or negatively. ICMM members commit to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and have worked collectively to develop good practice guidance and resources to improve the human rights performance of the industry.

What are human rights?

Every person around the world deserves to be treated with dignity and equality. Basic rights include freedom of speech, privacy, health, life, liberty and security, as well as an adequate standard of living.

Businesses must act with due diligence to avoid infringing the rights of others. This means they must address any negative human rights impacts related to their business. They must also abide by international standards and avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts through their activities and relationships.

Beyond these minimum requirements, companies can make voluntary, positive contributions to support human rights. For example, they can create diverse and inclusive workplaces, invest in communities and public policy advocacy, and engage employees and communities to promote collective action. While these types of actions to support human rights are encouraged, they do not substitute for basic respect for human rights.

Focus areas

Avoid involuntary relocation

ICMM members commit to either avoid or minimise involuntary resettlement, and undertake to manage the process responsibly.

Diversity and inclusion

Valuing diversity and promoting inclusion is an ethical imperative for a sustainable business.

Due diligence in conflict-affected and high-risk areas

ICMM company members conduct due diligence with business partners and mitigate human rights and corruption risks in mineral value-chains.

Manage security while protecting human rights

ICMM members commit to implementing a human rights and security approach that aligns with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

Proactively managing human rights impacts

ICMM members commit to respecting human rights.

Provide fair pay and working hours

Responsible mining companies provide fair pay and working hours and work to implement good practice policies and processes that benefit their workforce.

Respecting human rights defenders and civil society

ICMM members respect the rights of human rights defenders and recognise that space for civil society helps to create long term value and economic growth.

Respect Indigenous Peoples

ICMM company members commit to understand and respect the rights, interests and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples.

Respect the rights of workers

Responsible mining companies respect the rights of workers.

ICMM's Mining Principles

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