Our operations and activities may impact a broad range of human rights. As part of our commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen, we recognize the important role and responsibility we have in respecting the human rights of our stakeholders. This commitment is aligned with the ‘Protect, Respect, Remedy’ framework of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
We also recognize the important role we can play in promoting the enjoyment of a broad range of human rights for our stakeholders. For example, by investing in local educational opportunities, we promote the right to education. By investing in the health of our teams and host communities, we support the rights to health and wellbeing. By investing in cultural initiatives, we support the right to participate in cultural life. These are but a few examples of how we can positively impact human rights.
All of our operations are subject to ongoing internal and external human rights reviews. We assess a range of impacts related to human rights as part of environmental and social impact assessments and the development of corresponding management plans. We also assess human rights risks as part of our enterprise risk management reviews.
We are currently conducting a voluntary, standalone human rights assessment to augment our existing management of human rights. We are further assessing impacts across a range of human rights topics, including working conditions, environmental issues, security arrangements, vulnerable groups, Indigenous relations, and supply chain management.
We engaged an independent, external consultant to conduct the assessment. This helps ensure that the assessment is impartial and objective.
Throughout 2019, we will continue to conduct our ongoing human rights assessment for the business. We will also develop an enterprise-level human rights policy. The policy will serve as a company-wide human rights framework for our operating sites.