Extractive Industries

Extractive Industries

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Tri-State CRI engages corporations in the mining sector on behalf of clients to encourage them to assess and address risks related to mining operations, as well as to demonstrate leadership in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals linked to the mining sector.  Our engagement includes issues related to Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), rights of indigenous peoples, employee health and safety, land rights, water use, water contamination, and appropriate consultation with impacted communities.

Investors urge companies to adopt and implement human rights policies, to undertake risk assessments to understand where their operations may have negative consequences on the human rights of communities, to take a rights-based approach to their engagement with communities, and to be transparent.

Mining is water intensive, posing challenges related to competition for water and significant risks of water pollution that last long after a mine site has closed. We urge companies to take steps to prevent negative impacts on communities located near or around mining operations, conduct ongoing monitoring, and ensure their business operations do no harm. Investors use data compiled in the 2017 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark to assess policies and performance on human rights.

Focus Companies

Freeport-McMoRan

On behalf of a client, we engage with Freeport-McMoRan around human rights in their business operations, focusing on issues related to indigenous populations. We commend the company for undertaking site-level Human Rights Impact Assessments and engage them about the stakeholder engagement process and how the findings from these assessments will be used to prevent future negative impacts and to improve systems throughout their operations. We also encourage responsible water stewardship, including on water use and competition with local users.

Newmont Mining

On behalf of a client, we participate in engagements with Newmont mining about their human rights policies and how they are working to mitigate negative impacts.  In particular, we address their operations in Peru, where the expansion of the Minas Conga mine was anticipated to have detrimental impacts on the right to clean water and communities raised concerns that there was not adequate Free Prior and Informed Consent related to their operations.  We encourage the company to develop appropriate systems to assess and monitor risks and to take steps to address community concerns as they arise.

 

Resources:

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
Human Rights Clinic Supports Peruvian Organizations’ Efforts to Prevent Mining Abuses
ICMM Position Statement on Water Stewardship
Sustainable Development in Mining Activities
What is the Social License to Operate?
Amnesty International Report: PROFITS AND LOSS Mining and Human Rights In Katanga, Democratic Republic Of The Congo
First Peoples Worldwide