The Indiba-Africa Group has sucessfully completed the Corporate Human Rights Impact Assessment for BHP Billiton's Mozal plant in Mozambique.
The objectives of the Assessment were to:
- Conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment of Mozal's human rights performance and risks, in relation to BHP Billiton's human rights commitments documented in the Code of Business Conduct and Mozambican legislation
- The Assessment should be conducted considering the stipulations of the Articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Principles and Mozambican legislation governing human rights issues
- The Assessment should systematically identify, predict and respond to the potential human rights impacts of MOZAL having regard to the following:
- its people - those whose rights may be impacted, as well as other interested stakeholders and communities
- the country and locality
- the company's policy and practices
- business relationships
- the business's time frame and lifecycle
The methodology was based on the objective of conducting a full, participatory Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA). More specifically, we intended to review the potential impact of the presence and operation of Mozal on human rights, relying on a review of best practice frameworks, national and international law, company policies, practices, and procedures, secondary data analysis and expert sources, and as much stakeholder participation as possible. In addition the brief, an internal human rights survey at Mozal was conducted which positively not only positively impacted on the Assessment, but also provided Mozal with a an understanding of staff perception of human rights.
The success of the Assessment is indicated by the inclusion of the Indiba-Africa Group onto BHP Billiton’s panel of consultant’s for Africa and an expansion of our focus to include all aspects of business and human rights, including the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.