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.
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
|• Consult with and listen to Indigenous peoples who may be or have been affected by the company’s operations;
• Use the input collected to develop policies and procedures for dealing with issues related to the indigenous people, and to incorporate indigenous people’s concerns into project design.
|Exploration and Construction
|• Establish community communication teams and mechanisms to regularly engage and consult with relevant indigenous groups;
• Respect the community’s right to know and strive to engage in prior and informed consultations with indigenous peoples regarding significant adverse impacts that have occurred, in the areas including resettlement, land and territorial intrusion, and destruction of important cultural heritage.
|• Respect the rights, interests, aspirations, cultures, and natural resource-based lifestyles of the indigenous peoples;
• Formulate a community development plan based on the appeals of the indigenous peoples, and work according to the plan and the agreement with the indigenous peoples;
• Train all staff working with or related to the culture of the indigenous people.
|Mine Closure and Post-Closure
|• For existing mines which require a closure plan and those that have been closed, we consult with local authorities, employees, affected communities, and other stakeholders to ensure that social and environmental considerations are incorporated into the mine closure plan.
Mine development may involve relocation and resettlement. When encountering issues related to immigration and resettlement, we follow applicable laws, regulations, and international best practices, as defined in IFC Performance Standard 5, when it comes to all acquisitions of land. Prior to any resettlement activities, we work with local stakeholders, local law firms, government agencies, and resettlement experts to develop resettlement action plans and ensure that affected indigenous people and communities are well informed and with consent. We will minimize adverse impacts and improve their living conditions, so as to offer fair treatment and fair compensation and livelihood skills to them.
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.