Indigenous People and Cultural Heritage
Indigenous People and Cultural Heritage

Indigenous People and Cultural Heritage

We respect the collective rights, traditions, cultures and the connection with the land of the indigenous peoples, which are tied to their physical, spiritual, cultural and economic wellbeing. We recognise impacts of our activities on Indigenous peoples and are committed to being an enabling partner with indigenous peoples, positively contributing to the realisation of the rights of indigenous peoples.

Free, Prior and Informed Consent(FPIC)

We comply with the host countries’ policies on human rights and indigenous peoples, and follow the requirements of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Governance of Tenure Technical Guide No. 3 - Respecting free, prior and informed consent: Practical guidance for governments, companies, NGOs, indigenous peoples and local communities in relation to land acquisition (FPIC), ILO Convention No. 169, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We recognise the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples, and design development plans that benefit indigenous peoples through active communication in the community. We adopt innovative solutions to realise regional prosperity and effectively narrow regional development gaps.

Protection of the Indigenous Peoples’ rights throughout the Life Cycle of the Project

Project Design/ Investment Due Diligence
Exploration and Construction
Mine Closure and Post-Closure

Immigration and Resettlement

Mine development inevitably involves relocation and resettlement. We will do our utmost to avoid involuntary resettlement and carry out land acquisition in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and international best practices. As required by IFC’s Performance Standard 5, prior to commencing any resettlement activities, we will collaborate with local stakeholders, local law firms, government agencies and migration experts to develop a resettlement plan, in order to ensure that affected indigenous peoples and communities are able to make informed decisions to minimise adverse impacts and restore or improve their livelihoods and living conditions, as well as ensure that affected indigenous peoples are able to get fair treatment, fair compensation and livelihood skills for the future.

In all operations where we have management control, we are committed to:

  • Avoid the acquisition of land that would require physical or economic displacement as possible during project development.
  • If ever physical displacement should be required, disclosing displacement eligibility and entitlements as early as possible in project planning and providing necessary legal assistance to indigenous people to enable them to negotiate with us on the same legal terms
  • Developing appropriate Resettlement Action Plans
  • Establishing efficient grievance mechanisms for affected families
  • Ensuring the fair determination of compensation for land use, occupation and/or acquisition and other assets
  • Developing Livelihood Restoration Plans in cases where family livelihoods are impacted
  • Undertaking periodic assessments of Resettlement and/or Livelihood Restoration Plans to monitor progress and impacts on defined quality of life indicators.

Cultural Heritage Conservation

During land acquisition and relocation, we follow the requirements of IFC’s Performance Standard 8 to, as much as possible, minimise the impact of mine development on or damage to the traditional territories or historically significant cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples around the site. When it is unavoidable, we will work hard to obtain the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of the indigenous peoples and reach an agreement through an open and formal negotiation and consultation process to reach a consensus on conservation or relocation with them to minimise any adverse impacts.