Our operations aim to record zero accidents causing harm to any individual through the following standards:
- We provide extensive control of health and safety risks and regular monitoring to assess the appropriateness of the risk control measures implemented over time.
- We provide the appropriate training, equipment and maintenance to prevent accidents.
- We consult with employees at all levels to ensure that their instruction, supervision and levels of competency are appropriate to their positions and tasks they perform.
- We review and report on health and safety at our operations as part of internal management practice and external communications.
- We will meet all regulated environmental obligations.
- We will report on progress towards achieving the goals of our Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP).
- We will engage with the variety of environmental organisations who review our operations and seek to address issues raised by them.
- We encourage contractors and suppliers to adopt environmental management practices consistent with Sierra Rutile’s policies.
As a business and as individuals we aim to reflect a number of ethical standards in our business activities:
- We endorse the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Our practices respect the personal dignity of employees together with their rights to opportunities for development, fair pay and collective representation.
- Our reporting on economic, environmental, social and sustainable development is consistent with Global Reporting Initiative’s Mining and Metals Sector Supplement.
- We do not offer, solicit or accept any form of bribe and we support free enterprise. We comply with the laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate.
- We ensure that all rents, royalties, charges and taxes due are paid to the relevant authority in a transparent and auditable way.
- We are committed to transparent and open engagement at all levels to safeguard the interests of the community.
- We deliver social programmes and contribute to the country’s transition to sustainable development through the establishment of the Sierra Rutile Foundation as a separate non-profit entity.
- We manage any involuntary resettlement of local communities to World Bank/IFC/ OPIC standards and will make fair and full compensation for lost assets and implement livelihood restoration and other development initiatives implemented by us or our stakeholders' improvement programs.
- Where possible Sierra Rutile will employ Sierra Leonean nationals and will implement training programmes to help train Sierra Leoneans for management positions.