We respect and promote them
Prodeco has made a commitment to working in a way that respects the fundamental rights and freedoms of all our stakeholders. This commitment has particular relevance in our host region, where the national Peace Agreement is being implemented, bringing with it new dynamics in society, with increased feelings of security and reduced violence.
Why this is important to us
Bearing these new regional conditions in mind, we have developed processes to identify and manage the human rights risks that arise from the specific nature of our mining and port operations.
We have incorporated these considerations into our management systems, in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
Our human rights management activity has the following objectives:
- To identify, prevent, mitigate and remedy any negative consequences that our operations may have on the rights of our stakeholders
- To actively promote a culture of peace among local public institutions and communities, and to contribute to building social capital and the consolidation of the peace process
- We ensure that human rights awareness is an integral part of our internal risk assessment
- We respect the dignity, fundamental freedoms and human rights of our employees, contractors, and those living in the communities where we live and work, as well as others affected by our activities
- We respect and promote human rights in accordance with the UN InternaWonal Bill of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions, the Equator Principles and the UNGPs
OUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PEACE PROCESS
To achieve our objectives in human rights management, we focus on our responsibility for promoting respect for human rights. We implement this through processes designed to ensure responsible management and a corporate culture of peace, and contribute to the consolidation of Paz Territorial in the region.
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CESAR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE PROGRAMME
We have had a strategic agreement with the Cesar Development and Peace Programme since 2016. This partnership supports the development of projects to find, establish and maintain ways to consolidate Paz Territorial among those local communities that have suffered violence, conflict, poverty, exclusion and marginalisation.
LEADERSHIP FOR PEACE
Our Leadership for Peace programme is designed to prepare our host communities to take part in the peace process, by training regional leaders and local authority officials in:
- Governance for peace
- Developing the abilities needed to work towards peace
- Peace culture
In 2017, we carried out a pilot project on community communications with the township of La Victoria de San Isidro. We defined a development plan that allowed the community to create two civic organisations to help establish an economic development model that integrates the requirements of the peace process with those of sustainable development.
COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH THE COLOMBIAN INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
In December 2015, Prodeco signed the first drav of a cooperation agreement with the Corporación Colombia Internacional (Colombian International Corporation) a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to support, promote and develop modern agricultural projects with a strong community focus. The aim is to support community development projects that facilitating access to land and local development for our host communities. This work is in line with our human rights commitments and the general challenge to overcome the effects and underlying causes of the conflict in Colombia.
The agreement covers upcoming projects for 122 hectares of land owned by Prodeco. This is distributed across 12 lots in the municipalities of Becerril, Chiriguaná, El Paso and La Jagua de Ibirico, in Cesar.
The project will eventually cover 670 hectares, and leverage resources from a range of our public-private partnerships, with an estimated total value of USD 5 million. It will benefit 160 families living in Becerril, El Paso and La Jagua de Ibirico.
FOREST OFFSETTING IN SERRANÍA DEL PERIJÁ
We carry out a forest offsetting project in the Serranía del Perijá as part of the offsetting programme for mining companies in the region. We have included an objective that takes the needs of those affected by the armed conflict in Cesar into account. The project encourages families affected by violence and displacement to take part in developing the offsetting areas, allowing us to help them return to their original homes as environmental protectors.
This project represents a significant element of our work in consolidating human rights and peace in Cesar. It coordinates with efforts to protect the forest regions in the sub-basins of the Tucuy and Sororia rivers and conserve local ecosystems, as well as giving communities affected by armed conflict the opportunity to return to, and use, their land.
By the end of 2017, this project had taken on 134 families as environmental protectors: 71 in the Tucuy sub-basin and 63 in the Sororia sub-basin.