Security and Human Rights
Kinross supports the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
In 2010, Kinross’ Human Rights Adherence and Verification Program (HRA & VP) was implemented at all operating sites. The program aligns directly with Kinross’ Ten Guiding Principles for Corporate Responsibility, the objectives of the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
HRA & VP training helps ensure that all security personnel, as well as key site management, understand and are consistently compliant with the Voluntary Principles. It provides guidance to each location, requiring robust systems for allegation reporting and verification, investigation and resolution, monitoring of investigations conducted by public officials, and other essential elements of security oversight.
Training is conducted on an annual basis. The training is required for all private security personnel, Kinross management teams, and representatives of various public security agencies. Public security forces are invited and encouraged to attend. The training, which is repeated annually, provides guidance in such areas as use of force, reporting incidents, and fostering a well-developed community-security relationship. In 2011, 435 security people were trained, representing almost 60% of Kinross’ security personnel and approximately 1,305 training hours.
Kinross also monitors the human rights records of security providers used by the Company. Monitoring includes information gathered through various international, regional and local agencies. All Kinross agreements with public security forces now include the respect of human rights as a major component.