Community & human rights

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We support the sustainable, long-term development of the local communities in which we operate, and are committed to upholding human rights, wherever in the world we work.

Why this matters

We are a major employer in many of the areas where we operate and have a responsibility for the health, prosperity and sustainability of those communities.

We also play a key role in feeding people and animals around the world and ensuring the security of the food supply is vital.

We respect the dignity, liberty and equality of everyone we work with and of all those in the communities where we operate.

Our approach to community

We contribute to the communities where we operate – by employing people, purchasing commodities, goods and services, paying taxes – and through continued investment in our infrastructure. This contributes to the success of local businesses and economies.

Our supply chains are considered essential services to transport food and feed products for communities around the world. We operate reliably and efficiently to provide timely delivery of products and maintain our high standards of quality and food safety to meet the needs of customers.

Our operations also bring social benefits to local communities through donations, sponsorship and fundraising activities and the expertise and support of our staff who volunteer their time. We support many local initiatives and projects that contribute positively to the wellbeing of the local communities surrounding our operations and offices.

We aim to deal openly, transparently and inclusively with our communities and stakeholders, listening to and working with anyone impacted by our operations.

Our approach to human rights

Our approach is aligned to Glencore’s human rights policy, code of conduct and global anti-corruption policy. We also take part in and benefit from Glencore’s Raising Concerns programme and compliance e-learning programme.

We evidence our commitment through our participation in international conventions, including the United Nations Global Compact, a set of principles covering human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and the standards set out by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

We do not tolerate any form of workplace discrimination, harassment or physical assault, or any form of child, forced, or compulsory labour. We seek to reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate in our workforce.

We value and respect people from all backgrounds, and we have a culture of diversity and inclusion. This includes – but is not limited to – nationality, cultural identity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender and age. We respect the rights of our employees and contractors, including the freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Throughout our operations, we seek to avoid complicity in human rights abuses, and to uphold relevant international standards. We have grievance mechanisms in place which can be used by our stakeholders. These include the Raising Concerns programme as well as local systems at our operations.