Glencore has today (14 June 2019) published its first standalone human rights report.
CEO Ivan Glasenberg said Glencore is committed to respecting human rights across all of its business activities. “We deliver this commitment by training our workforce, engaging with stakeholders in our communities, communicating our expectations to our business partners and operating complaints and grievance mechanisms,” he said.
“We recognise that our assets are part of our host communities and that we have a role in upholding respect for human rights. We take this seriously and actively engage with all our stakeholders as we seek to support the long-term sustainable development of our local and national hosts.”
Anna Krutikov, the company’s group head of sustainability, commented: “Our report details our approach to human rights and the key activities we undertook in this area during 2018. It provides an overview of the human rights risks that are salient to Glencore and the actions we are taking to manage and mitigate those risks.
“We are committed to upholding respect for human rights for all those potentially affected by our business activities, including vulnerable groups such as women, children, indigenous people and victims of conflict. We also expect our business partners to share our commitment to respect human rights and conduct risk-based due diligence of suppliers during pre-qualification, the tendering process, or at the renewal of an existing term.
“We recognise that our operations may affect, directly or indirectly, the rights of our workforce and the communities living close to our operations. We are also aware of the need to ensure unencumbered, fair and transparent access to remedy for any stakeholder affected by our operations. We are continuing to look for ways to strengthen the mechanisms we have in place to address this.
“Where we may adversely impact our stakeholders, we refer to the relevant international standards to assess, control and mitigate the impact. In particular, we seek to apply the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 5 on land acquisition and involuntary resettlement, and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) position statement on free and prior informed consent (FPIC).”
The report is available on Glencore’s website and can be accessed here.