Human Rights Governance
The Corporate Responsibility Committee of our Board of Directors (Board) assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the management of risks associated with our Human Rights Policy and practices (respect for human rights). The Corporate Responsibility Committee oversees the Company’s sustainable development programs, including our human rights policy and practices.
Our Sustainable Development Leadership Team provides strategic and operational guidance regarding our sustainability commitments, including our human rights program. The team is sponsored by our Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, and is led by our Vice President of Environmental Services and Sustainable Development. The team includes our Chief Operating Officer and business unit presidents and senior personnel from the safety, supply chain, human resources, sales, security, legal/compliance, and land and water functions.
At higher risk operations, our site-level human rights compliance officers oversee compliance and training activities, and manage grievance mechanisms for the reporting, documentation and addressing of all human rights related allegations that are reported in our areas of influence.
In 2017, we developed the concept for a FCX Human Rights Working Group to further support our implementation of the UN Guiding Principles and integration of human rights considerations across our business. The working group was launched in 2018.
For information on our Corporate Responsibility Committee as well as the Sustainable Development Leadership Team in 2017, refer to our Our Approach.
Communication and Awareness Raising
We are committed to the highest level of ethical and legal conduct. The Freeport-McMoRan Principles of Business Conduct (PBC), our code of conduct, is a commitment to integrity and defines the expected behavior of all employees and our board. We conduct comprehensive training on our PBC. Beginning in 2017, we initiated a plan to conduct PBC training for all employees annually. This process consists of computer-based training for employees with network access and classroom training for employees without network access. It includes a signed certification by employees at the manager level and above that the employee understands the PBC and is not aware of cases of non-compliance. Furthermore, managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring that the employees who report to them understand these principles. With the exception of PTFI, all employees were trained in 2017, including a 100 percent certification rate of management-level employees. PTFI management-level training and certification was launched in fourth quarter and final results will be reported in 2019 (approximately 91 percent were trained in 2017).
We have incorporated standard language on human rights into our corporate contract template. Suppliers receive, and are expected to perform in accordance with, our Supplier Code of Conduct. For the purpose of the Supplier Code of Conduct, “supplier” is defined as a business that provides goods or services to our Company. A supplier may include suppliers, contractors, consultants, vendors, their subcontractors and any other contracted third parties.