MMG is committed to respecting and supporting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
As a company, MMG’s approach is guided by the International Council of Mining and Metals’ (ICMM) Sustainable Development Framework: "Uphold fundamental human rights and respect cultures, customs and values in our dealings with employees and others who are affected by our activities."
MMG also takes particular care at each of its operations and sites to respond to local human rights issues and challenges.
At Kinevere, this involves focusing on practical actions that will make a real difference to lives of people associated with the operation. Some of these practical actions include:
- Providing safe and fair working conditions for employees and contractors;
- Providing meaningful skills development and career advancement opportunities for employees;
- Respecting individual security and liberty and educating contractors to do the same;
- Working in partnership with government to educate women and children about human rights; and
- Investing in scholarships and school upgrades to enable children to attend and succeed at school.
MMG also participates in advocacy efforts to help other businesses respect human rights. For example, MMG is working with UNICEF to develop a reference guide to assist businesses to respect and support the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
MMG distributed 125 wheelchairs to local children in 2013.
Case study: Raising awareness of the Rights of the Child
Five villages around MMG's Kinsevere mine marked International Day of the African Child with plays, presentations and discussions about the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) own child protection laws.
The activities aimed to raise awareness about the four main themes of the laws: child health, survival, protection and participation.
More than 120 community members, religious leaders, teachers, local media and administrative and traditional authorities attended the events.
Children's Parliaments were also established in each village to encourage further discussion about the rights of children, particularly in regards to education.
MMG partnered with the Centre de liberation par les cooperatives pour le developpment (CL-CPD), a local non-government organisation, to coordinate the activities.
Case study: Supporting women and girls
Local government and non-government organisations (NGOs) continued to lead educations sessions for women in villages surrounding Kinsevere in 2013. Coordinated by MMG, 721 local women have now participated in these sessions.
Participants at a human rights awareness session for women. 721 women in villages surrounding Kinsevere have now participated in the sessions, which are facilitated by local government and non-government agencies.
The sessions aimed to raise awareness of human rights and encourage discussion about issues such as marriage, education and leadership. Women also received coaching in how to communicate issues to their spouses and others during the sessions.
Key women’s health issues in the DRC, such as breast and uterine cancer, were another discussion point during the sessions.
MMG is working with local government and NGOs to develop a series of human rights awareness workshops aimed at men in villages surrounding Kinsevere – a request of the women who participated in these sessions.