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1. Legal Compliance *
Have processes been established to ensure compliance with applicable laws?
2. Code of Conduct *
Is a code of conduct maintained to make clear the standards with which employees, suppliers, and contractors are expected to comply?
Is awareness of the code actively promoted and are systems implemented to monitor and ensure compliance?
3. Combatting Bribery and Corruption *
Have policies, practices and controls been implemented that prohibit and effectively prevent bribery (including facilitation payments) and corruption in all their forms, conflicts of interest and anti-competitive behavior by employees, agents, or other company representatives?
4. Political Contributions *
Are the value and beneficiaries of financial and in-kind political contributions, whether directly or through an intermediary, publicly disclosed?
5. Transparency of Taxes, Ownership and Transfer Pricing *
Are tax, royalty, and other payments to governments published annually by country and project? (Note: ESTMA reports satisfy this requirement for Canadian companies)
Does the company encourage governments to promote greater transparency around revenue flows, mining contracts and the beneficial ownership of license holders?
Are processes implemented to ensure and demonstrate that transfer pricing outcomes are in line with fair business practices and value creation?
Does the company publicly support the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)?
6. Accountabilities *
Is accountability for sustainability performance assigned at Board and/or Executive Committee level?
For RGMP equivalency, is the reporting done as per the RGMP reporting requirements?
7. Engagement with Corporate COI *
Have key corporate-level external stakeholders on sustainable development issues been identified and engaged with in an open and transparent manner?
8. Corporate Sustainable Development Strategy *
Have sustainable development principles been integrated into corporate strategy and decision-making processes relating to investments and in the design, operation, and closure of facilities?
9. Supply Chain Policy *
Has a Supply Chain Policy been adopted and published? Have contractors and suppliers been supported to operate responsibly to meet standards of ethics, safety, health, human rights, and social and environmental performance comparable to those standards within the reporting company?
Are due diligence processes conducted to identify human rights, corruption and conflict risks associated with facility and supply chain activities and practices by joint venture partners with the intention of preventing adverse impacts and supporting the adoption of responsible practices?
Is risk-based due diligence exercised on those entities to which the facilities’ products are sold?
10. Human Rights Due Diligence *
Have policies of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights been adopted and implemented by: a) developing a policy commitment to respect human rights? b) Undertaking human rights due diligence? c) • Providing for or cooperating in processes to enable the remediation of adverse human rights impacts that the facility has caused or contributed to?
11. Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Area Due Diligence *
Has the facility undertaken risk-based due diligence on conflict and human rights that aligns with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance on Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas when operating in – or sourcing from – a conflict-affected or high-risk area? (Note: implementation of the WGC Conflict Free Gold Standard fully addresses this criterion)
12. Resettlement *
Are involuntary physical or economic displacement of families and communities avoided?
13. Security and Human Rights *
Has a human rights and security approach consistent with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights been implement, based on risk? (Note: this requirement is in line with MAC’s membership commitment on the Voluntary Principles and is deemed to have been addressed and externally assured by those members that conduct external assurance on their security systems and processes.)
14. Labour Rights *
Does the facility respect the rights of workers by eliminating harassment and discrimination, respecting freedom of association and collective bargaining, and providing a mechanism to address workers’ grievances?
Is a policy in place prohibiting threats or use of undignified disciplinary practices?
Are procedures developed in collaboration with workers to investigate and address related risks and alleged incidents of undignified practices being used or threatened to be used?
Is there a mechanism in place for workers to voice concerns (without fear of reprisal, intimidation, or harassment) and have those concerns investigated in an impartial and timely manner?
Does the mechanism include communication to complainants about outcomes and does it respect the confidentiality of the complainant?
Are workers aware of the mechanism and how to access it?
15. Compensation for Work-Related Injury, Illness & Fatality *
Are processes in place to support injured or ill workers including their rehabilitation?
Are records kept related to work-related injury, illness, and fatality?
Does the company commit to and have procedures for determining and providing compensation, including for dependents, in the event of fatality? (Note: This only applies in jurisdictions where compensation for work-related injury, illness or fatality is not provided by a government scheme.)
16. Employee Renumeration and Terms of Employment *
Are employees remunerated with fair wages and benefits that are equal to or exceed legal requirements or represent a competitive wage within that job market (whichever is higher)? Is this requirement also applied to employment and recruitment agencies?
Are regular and overtime working hours assigned within legally required limits? Is this requirement also applied to employment and recruitment agencies?
Are employment terms documented in writing and communicated at the beginning of employment and when terms change, as well as when workers are hired through employment and recruitment agencies?
17. Diversity and Women in Mining *
Have policies and practices been implemented to promote diversity at all levels of the company, including the representation and inclusion of historically under-represented groups? Does the company report on progress?
Does the company commit to identifying and resolving barriers to the advancement and fair treatment of women in their workplaces?
Does the facility aim to contribute to the socio-economic empowerment of women in the communities associated with facilities through employment, supply chain, training, and community investment programs?
18. Environmental Risk Management *
Does the facility demonstrate that an environmental management system (EMS) is implemented that is functionally equivalent to an internationally recognized EMS standard (e.g., ISO 14001)?
19. Closure *
Has the facility planned for the social and environmental aspects of mine closure in consultation with authorities, employees, affected communities and other relevant stakeholders?
Are financial and technical provisions in place to ensure planned closure and post-closure commitments are realized, including the rehabilitation of land, beneficial future land use, preservation of water sources and prevention of acid rock drainage and metal leaching? (Note: Security bonding provided under regulatory requirements satisfy this requirement.)
20. Pollution Prevention and Waste Management *
Is the mitigation hierarchy applied to prevent pollution, manage releases and waste (hazardous, non-hazardous, and inert), and address potential impacts on human health and the environment?
Are heap leach and large-scale water infrastructure managed consistently with internationally recognized good practice guidance? (Note: The TSM Tailings Management Guide is considered internationally recognized good practice guidance.)
21. Noise and Vibration *
Is there is a commitment to prevent and continually work to reduce noise and vibration?
Have target or threshold levels been established in collaboration with affected communities based on baseline values?
Is an ongoing monitoring program in place to assess performance?
Where targets or thresholds are not being consistently met, are time-bound action plans in place?
22. Emissions to Air *
Is there a commitment to prevent and continually work to reduce adverse emissions to air?
Have potential sources of these emissions been identified?
Has a monitoring program been implemented?
Have target or threshold levels been established with time-bound actions plans in place where these levels are not being consistently met?
Is the effectiveness of the site’s air emissions performance externally verified on a predetermined frequency at least every three years?
23. Spills and Leakage *
Is a preventative maintenance program implemented aimed at preventing spills and leakages that includes a risk assessment of potential sources of spills and leakages, regular inspections and testing, record keeping, and corrective action processes?
Based on the risk assessment results, are emergency procedures in place to mitigate and remediate the effects of spills or leakages that include procedures to assess impacts of spills and leakage and the effectiveness of mitigation and remediation measures?
Is the effectiveness of the preventative maintenance program and readiness of the emergency procedures internally assessed annually and externally verified on a predetermined frequency at least every three years?
24. Hazardous Substances *
Are the hazards of the products of mining assessed according to UN Globally Harmonized System of Hazard Classification and Labelling or equivalent relevant regulatory systems and is this communicated through safety data sheets and labelling as appropriate?
Are potential risks relating to the transportation, handling, storage, and disposal of all hazardous materials identified and managed?
Where cyanide is used, does the facility ensure that arrangements for the transport, storage, use and disposal of cyanide are in line with the standards of practice set out in the International Cyanide Management Code?
Does the facility commit to not using mercury to extract gold in processing facilities, not accepting gold produced by third parties using mercury, and not opening mines with mercury as a primary product? (Note: this criterion is only applicable to facilities where mercury is a byproduct.)
Does this include a commitment to support for the Minamata Convention’s objective of reducing mercury emissions for the protection of human health and the environment? (Note: this criterion is only applicable to facilities where mercury is a byproduct.)
Have point source mercury emissions to the atmosphere arising from the facility’s activities been identified and minimized? (Note: this criterion is only applicable to facilities where mercury is a factor.)
Is captured mercury used or sold only as deemed acceptable by international conventions? (Note: this criterion is only applicable to facilities where mercury is a byproduct.)
Does the facility also report significant point sources of mercury air emissions from operations consistent with the commitment to report in accordance with the GRI framework?
25. Land Use and Deforestation *
For new projects, is meaningful consideration given to the land access needs of nearby communities and to the preservation of biodiversity in determining the project footprint?
Does the facility aim to minimize deforestation arising from its activities?
26. Circular Economy *
In project design, operation, and de-commissioning, has the facility implemented cost-effective measures for the recovery, re-use, or recycling of energy, natural resources, and materials?
27. Local Procurement *
Does the facility enable access by local enterprises to procurement and contracting opportunities across the project lifecycle, both directly and by encouraging larger contractors and suppliers, and by supporting initiatives to enhance economic opportunities for local communities? (Note: Facilities that can demonstrate inclusion of local procurement into their community benefit work as part of Indicator 4 in the TSM Indigenous and Community Relationships Protocol are deemed to have addressed this requirement.)
28. Cultural Heritage *
Does the facility identify cultural heritage sites and establish a process based on consultation with stakeholders to avoid, minimize, reduce, and compensate for adverse impacts on cultural heritage? (Note: Cultural heritage criteria are also included in the TSM Indigenous and Community Relationships Protocol (Indicator 3 Effective Indigenous Engagement and Dialogue Level A), which need to be addressed by the facility in conjunction with this supplement.)
29. Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) *
Where artisanal and small-scale miners are present, does the facility support access to legitimate markets for ASM that: a) respect applicable legal and regulatory frameworks? b) seek to address the environmental, health, human rights and safety challenges often associated with ASM activity? c) and, in good faith, seek formalization?
Where mercury is in use by artisanal and small-scale miners, does the facility consider supporting government initiatives to reduce and eliminate the use of mercury?
Has the facility collaborated with government, where appropriate, to support improvements in the environmental and social practices of local ASM?