Human rights

Polyus acknowledges the need to comply with human rights.

The Company supports the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights endorsed by the UN Council in 2011 and complies with the requirements set out in the documents listed below in its business activities:

  • Constitution of the Russian Federation;
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;
  • International Labor Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work;
  • Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights;
  • Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
  • UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People;
  • UN Global Compact.

Polyus formally acknowledges the rights of its employees to safe work conditions, freedom from discrimination and freedom of association and takes into account the cultural makeup and customs of local communities in the regions of the Company’s operations

All Company employees, managers and executives undertake to comply with the principles of the Policy.

Corporate Human Rights Policy

The Company undertakes to comply with Russian law and support internationally recognized human rights. In particular, Polyus is committed to the following principles:

  1. Treat every employee of the Company and its contractors fairly and without discrimination in a manner that respects their dignity;
  2. Respect the freedom of assembly and association, freedom of opinion and expression, including the right of all employees to form trade unions and take part in collective bargaining;
  3. Prohibit forced and child labor, and ensure that all contractors and vendors comply with these requirements;
  4. Provide decent working conditions and fair labor compensation adequate to meet the basic needs of all employees;
  5. Ensure a safe, healthy and comfortable work environment in workplaces for all Company employees;
  6. Comply with the applicable environmental, labor and occupational safety laws and regulations;
  7. Comply with the applicable laws and regulations on working hours and commensurate compensation for overtime;
  8. Respect the rights, culture and customs of local communities, including those of indigenous peoples, in the regions of the Company’s operations;
  9. Engage in open dialogue with stakeholders;
  10. Operate a policy of zero tolerance to any violation of applicable Russian laws and regulations;
  11. Ensure that every Company employee complies with all requirements of the applicable laws and regulations and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, in particular with regard to the use of force;
  12. Ensure non-discrimination in employment on any possible grounds, including sex, age, race or ethnicity, religion, etc.

The Company guarantees that all of its corporate policies and procedures comply with the principles of this Policy.

All Polyus employees, including those newly hired, shall undergo induction training on the Human Rights Policy.

The Company undertakes to comply with the requirements of the Policy when dealing with stakeholders, including state bodies.

The Company shall ensure the availability of a confidential grievance mechanism through which complaints and appeals, including those related to human rights violations, can be reported and addressed.

If human rights violations are identified, Polyus undertakes to take measures to eliminate and prevent them.

Monitoring and reporting

The Company undertakes to conduct a regular assessment (at least once a year) of compliance with the principles of this Policy.

Polyus reserves the right to assess the compliance of its employees with this Policy. If non-compliance is identified, the Company reserves the right to take remedial measures.

Compliance with this Policy shall be monitored as part of the assessment of the sustainability targets. Information about the implementation of this Policy is included in the Company’s Annual Report.