In the workplace


Human Rights

Kinross’ commitment to respecting human rights is implemented in numerous ways. Our framework for human rights consists of:

  • Our commitment to the UN Global Compact;
  • Our commitment to support and respect the protection of human rights in the workplace and the community, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  • Our commitment to implement the Voluntary Principles for Security and Human Rights;
  • Kinross Code of Business Conduct and Ethics; and
  • Our internal practices and procedures, such as our EHS and labour policies, community relations practices, and our project permitting/consultation practices.

In 2012, we are strengthening our policies relative to human rights in the following ways:

  • Implementing the Supplier Standards of Conduct in our supply chain;
  • Providing refresher training to reinforce anti-corruption policies in all regions;
  • Adding appropriate language in the update of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics;
  • Developing group-wide labour standards in areas that our operations must meet regardless of jurisdiction, such as consistency with international labour standards;
  • Incorporating human rights assessments into written guidance that outlines the Kinross approach for permitting; and
  • Developing environmental strategies that recognize the human rights implications of our management systems.


In 2011, the United Nations adopted the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (GPBHR), based on the “Protect-Respect-Remedy” framework articulated by John Ruggie. The GPBHR help clarify the expectations for companies to identify and, where necessary, take steps to prevent or mitigate potential human rights abuses that may be linked to their operations. Kinross is using these principles to help identify priorities based upon the nature of our operations, the context of the host countries where we operate, and the list of human rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Labour Organization Core Conventions, Convention on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, and Convention on Civil and Political Rights. The key topics and the corresponding Kinross policies that govern our conduct in these areas are shown in the matrix below.

Rights TopicsPotential Areas of Risk*Applicable Kinross Policies/Standards
Workplace rights As with any multinational company, respect for workers’ rights is an important focus in all jurisdictions. This includes workplace standards for our contractors. Through our participation in the UN Global Compact, Kinross is committed to promoting the core International Labour Standards (ILO). Code of Business Conduct and Ethics; Supplier Standards of Conduct; Health and Safety Policy and Standards
Non-discrimination Working in multiple cultures requires a strict commitment to building a Kinross culture of non-discrimination. Code of Business Conduct and Ethics; Supplier Standards of Conduct
Human trafficking, coerced labour, and child labour According to the UPR*, these practices exist in some of our host countries. Company policies ensure this does not occur at our operations, and our Supplier Standards of Conduct are designed to address the potential for these practices in our supply chain. Supplier Standards of Conduct; Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
Clean water, clean environment, health Kinross implements world-class practices for environmental management in order to minimize our impact on host community natural resources. Community engagement plays an important role in keeping the public well-informed regarding the Company’s management of environmental impacts, addressing any real or perceived areas of concern, and supporting community health initiatives. Supplier Standards of Conduct; Environmental Policy and Standards; Site Responsibility Plans
Arbitrary arrest, torture According to the UPR framework, the actions of public security forces in some host countries sometimes deviate from accepted norms. Diligence is required to ensure security programs at our operations, whether public or private, are conducted in a way that respects human rights, consistent with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR). Human Rights Adherence and Verification Program
Corruption Corruption may compromise the proper control functions of government officials or regulators, or prevent host communities from receiving value generated by mining. The UPR* cites corruption in areas such as judiciary, police, and general bureaucracy in some host countries. Kinross has a zero-tolerance policy for bribery and is part of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Code of Business Conduct and Ethics; Supplier Standards of Conduct; Foreign Officials Payment Protocol
Indigenous peoples In some areas, indigenous peoples have been historically disadvantaged and often still experience discrimination and other forms of political and social disadvantage that hinder their self-determination. When undertaken responsibly and in consultation, in accordance with the Company’s guidelines for indigenous relations, mining can be a strong source of positive benefits for indigenous communities. Environmental Policy and Standards; Site Responsibility Plans
Life, Liberty, Security of Person Host communities often have strong negative perceptions and fears that mining will impact their lives, and those of their children. Kinross strives for transparency and strong community engagement during project permitting and throughout the mine life. Environmental Policy and Standards; Site Responsibility Plans

* UPR – Universal Periodic Review conducted by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights

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