Russian edition of guidance on handling and resolving local-level community concerns and grievances
London, UK – Ahead of Human Rights Day, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), is publishing the Russian edition of its guidance Handling and Resolving Local Level Concerns and Grievances: Human Rights in the Mining and Metals Sector.
The guidance includes the eight effectiveness criteria for operational-level grievance mechanisms as set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the international standard for business and human rights. It also shares guidance on how mining and metals companies should design effective mechanisms to systematically handle and resolve community concerns or grievances and provides practical tools to support companies with implementation. ICMM first published the guidance in English in 2009 and it was subsequently updated in 2019, before being translated into Spanish last year and Russian this year.
ICMM company members recognise the importance of undertaking meaningful stakeholder engagement and commit to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights through the Mining Principles. ICMM promotes good practice on social performance by producing tools for the wider industry, one aspect of this being the development of this Guidance.
Accountability, transparency, and open channels for dialogue are all fundamental elements of successful company interactions with local communities. Grievance mechanisms are an effective way of supporting this, helping to diffuse potential issues before they arise and to build trust between communities and companies. Both the English and Spanish editions of this guidance are already being used by our members, and I am pleased to add the Russian edition to this important group of resources.
We were delighted to support the production of the Russian edition of ICMM’s guidance. Respecting human rights and complying with the highest ethical standards are fundamental to Polyus’ business approach. As an ICMM member, we are committed to implementing and sharing best industry practices. Ensuring documents such as the grievance mechanism are available in local languages is crucial to help reach a wider sector audience and raise the ESG standards of the global mining community.
Notes to Editor
- The English and Spanish editions of the Handling and Resolving Local Level Concerns & Grievances: Human rights in the mining and metals sector are available here.
- ICMM’s Marcus Addy will be discussing grievance mechanisms as part of a webinar on Human Rights hosted by ICMM member Polyus and RAEX-Europe on the 8 December at 11:00am UK time/ 14:00pm Moscow time. You can register here.
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry. Bringing together 28 mining and metals companies and 37 national, regional and commodities associations, it strengthens environmental and social performance and serves as a catalyst for change, enhancing mining’s contribution to society. Every ICMM company member adheres to its Mining Principles which incorporate comprehensive environmental, social and governance requirements, robust site-level validation of performance expectations and credible assurance of corporate sustainability reports.
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