Human rights and security forces
Randgold operates in remote regions of Africa where human rights may not be fully recognised or respected. In this context we believe it is critical that our company not only upholds the fundamental human rights of any stakeholder impacted by our operations, but that we also proactively use our influence with local communities, suppliers and others to raise awareness of the importance of universal human rights. This is not only the right thing to do, but a material business concern. Respect for human rights leads to improved livelihoods and security and this reduces the risk of Randgold operations being disrupted or damaged.
To help embed the UN Voluntary Principles on Business and Human Rights into all our operations Randgold has a comprehensive (and publicly available) human rights policy covering, but not limited to, the protection of human rights in employment, community resettlement and engagement of private security forces. Other core policies such as our code of conduct, anticorruption and anti-bribery policy, and conflict free gold policy also include human rights aspects. All staff are trained in these policies both at induction and where relevant through stand-alone training programmes. For example, compulsory training is provided for all security providers in the UN Voluntary Principles on Business and Human Rights.
SECURING HUMAN RIGHTS
Randgold monitors that security forces implement the company’s human rights policy by ensuring that:
- strict due diligence procedures are in place prior to recruitment, including a requirement to be accredited according to relevant UN agencies;
- contractual requirements include human rights clauses;
- compulsory training is provided for all security providers in the UN Voluntary Principles on Business and Human Rights; and
- a formal disciplinary procedure is in place should any personnel be subject to credible allegations of serious human rights abuse.