Human rights

Respect for human rights is a core commitment of Australia’s minerals industry

This commitment is expressed in Enduring Value – the Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development.   Principle 3 of Enduring Value includes a commitment to ‘uphold fundamental human rights and respect cultures, customs and values in dealings with employees and others who are affected by our activities.’

Australia’s minerals industry also supports the Sustainable Development Goals, 17 interconnected and global goals that together provide a ‘blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030.’  Achievement of the SDGs is directly linked with respect for human rights and actions to address human rights harm.

The MCA recognises the importance of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as a practical framework supporting businesses to meet the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.

Work undertaken by the MCA to support respect for human rights includes The Australian Minerals Industry & Human Rights: Managing Human Rights Risks and Opportunities through the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Mining and local-level development: Examining the gender dimensions of agreements between companies and communities.

Combatting Modern Slavery

The Australian minerals industry is committed to working collaboratively with governments and civil society to combat the global problem of modern slavery.   Accordingly, the minerals industry supports the Modern Slavery Act 2018 - an important part of the government, business and civil society response to eliminate modern slavery in global operations and supply chains.