“We believe our operations have a predominantly positive impact on the communities in which we operate. We aim to build lasting relationships with our neighbours by identifying and addressing their concerns, and contributing to activities and programmes designed to improve their quality of life”.
OUR SUSTAIBILITY APPROACH
Our sustainability approach is based on the principle of shared value and the connection between economic and societal progress in the regions where we operate. For this reason we strive to measure our decisions and evaluate opportunities by how effectively they create value, by maximising benefits and minimising impact on our operations.
We base our approach on Our Values and Code of Conduct, which establish our expectations for our employees, contractors and business partners.
CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY OBJECTIVES
The safety of our employees and contractors is our number one priority. The Group enforces this commitment through and effective leadership in safety and occupational health at all management levels, defining operational standards and a safety system that ensures that its employees and contractors make adequate decisions to provide a safe workplace.
The welfare and development of our employees, as well as the respect for their freedom of association and non-association are the pillars of our organizational behavior.
The group acts as an ally for the communities that are nearest to its operations, thanks to our approach of maximizing benefits. We have mechanisms to facilitate the economic development through investments in education, health and livelihood.
In environmental matters, the Company develops and implements tools that allow it to establish the actions necessary to prevent, mitigate, control and correct environmental impacts associated to the mining activity, as well as to preserve the use of natural resources.
We work with the governments, the local authorities, the representatives of the communities, the inter - governmental and non - governmental organizations, as well as with other stakeholders to gestate and support the community development projects. These projects and other donations are developed and decided according to our policies and guidelines in all the operations.
We are committed with the prevention, minimization, mitigation and compensation of the environmental impacts typical of the large – scale mining activity. That is why our commitment and effort are aimed to the preservation of the natural resources and to the restoration of the habitats that in one way or another have been intervened by our activities.
Our actions are focused on supporting and respecting the human rights according to the Human rights’ Universal Declaration; likewise, we defend the dignity, the fundamental freedoms and the human rights of our employees, contractors, communities in which we operate and persons affected by our activities; that is why we endure that the awareness regarding human rights’ issues is incorporated into our internal risk assessment processes.
Likewise, we have the goal to adjust our relationship activities in the extractive operations to the principles of free, prior and informed consent for original peoples, as approved by the International Council on Mining and Metals, ICMM. In addition, we promote the respect for and the compliance with our norms and focus on human rights in the relationships with our contractors, suppliers and joint companies