Preliminary work on a site-level HRIA for our Cerro Verde operation in Peru (Cerro Verde HRIA) was initiated in 2016. The “dashboard” of human rights topics to be addressed will build on that used for the Corporate and TFM HRIAs - but with additional emphasis on the local/domestic value chain. This is in response to one of the lessons learned from the TFM HRIA, namely the need for further transparency around conditions in the local/domestic value chain.
Human Rights Impact Assessment Scope or “Dashboard”
Topics reflected in the dashboard have been mapped against recognized international human rights.
Topics reflected in the dashboard have been mapped against recognized international human rights to ensure a comprehensive, rights-driven approach while being organized in a way that is relevant to our mining-related activities. Certain dashboard topics (like artisanal mining and indigenous peoples) are not applicable at every operating location.
Preliminary work on the Cerro Verde HRIA included an initial desk-based assessment of human rights risks based on Verisk Maplecroft’s proprietary Human Rights Risk Indices and Cerro Verde’s operational sustainable development risk register, media and NGO reports, as well as public input into a recent ESIA process. A HRIA Self-Assessment Questionnaire was also completed at both a corporate and site level.
We plan to complete the Cerro Verde HRIA in 2017. Like the TFM HRIA, the Cerro Verde HRIA will include extensive on-the-ground engagement with the workforce, the community and third parties both in and around Cerro Verde as well as in the broader Arequipa region. This will help us:
- Verify the initial desk-based assessment of potential human rights risks and impacts
- Ensure less “visible” risks and impacts are captured (e.g. where rights holders are unable or unwilling to utilize Cerro Verde’s established grievance mechanisms or to raise issues with third parties)
- Gain insight into broader human rights dynamics that may collectively affect local rights holders but not to a degree that any one individual or group has been compelled to raise a specific complaint
- Understand the specific impacts associated with identifiable vulnerable groups, such as women, children, minority groups and the very poor
Examples of stakeholders to be engaged as part of the Cerro Verde HRIA
Interviewees will be offered anonymity before engagement. Interviews will be conducted by a third party to encourage frank, transparent and constructive discussions. The Cerro Verde HRIA will apply the “but for” test in relation to the identification and assessment of human rights impacts caused by, contributed to or linked to Cerro Verde. Alleged impacts will be included in the assessment even if there is uncertainty around the supporting facts behind them and/or the causative relationship to Cerro Verde. They will only be excluded if Cerro Verde (or other interested parties) can categorically demonstrate that an impact did not take place – or was unrelated to Cerro Verde.
Action plans to address any risks and impacts will be embedded within Cerro Verde’s sustainable development risk register process. These plans will support continuous improvement of existing systems and processes, and (where necessary) will establish new measures to investigate, avoid, mitigate and/or remedy identified human rights risks and impacts.
Like the TFM HRIA, the Cerro Verde HRIA will include a parallel exercise to identify the degree to which Cerro Verde positively maintains and/or advances human rights within its area of influence. While understanding that positive human rights impacts cannot offset negative impacts, this exercise will provide a more comprehensive view of our overall human rights performance. Lessons learned from the Cerro Verde HRIA will further shape our global human rights strategy as well as site-level HRIA work at other higher risk operations over time.
PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Utilizing its formal grievance system, Cerro Verde has successfully worked with community members, including within the Uchumayo District (background), to address 146 complaints regarding noise and vibrations from pumping stations (center).