The Voluntary Principles establishes a set of principles to help companies ensure the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
For more on the Principles, please visit http://voluntaryprinciples.org/
In light of the country’s difficult history, companies operating in Guatemala face challenges in restoring the respect for human rights and institutional credibility. In 2006, we introduced the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights at the Marlin mine, located in the western highlands of Guatemala.
All security staff now receive training on the Voluntary Principles and Goldcorp's commitment to adhere to them, including the use of force and firearms. All security staff are required to undergo training on the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Security staff must certify that they have received human rights training and will comply with the Company's Human Rights Policy and security requirements.
All security contracts with third-party providers at Marlin have been amended to ensure human rights training and compliance with the Voluntary Principles, both on and off site. Non-compliance with these terms will not be tolerated. As a result, we replaced one company that felt it would be unable to comply with the terms of the new contract.
We take very seriously our commitment to the Voluntary Principles. We ensure compliance with the Voluntary Principles through periodic third-party assessments. The assessors provide several recommendations for improvement, which we continue to implement. For example, security supervisors work closely with our Community Relations/Sustainable Development Department to develop local contacts that allow them to more accurately assess local concerns and take measured actions to avert problems. Much has been achieved since the Voluntary Principles process was initiated, including:
The Voluntary Principles are also being applied at the Los Filos mine in Mexico. Based on the lessons learned at Marlin and Los Filos, we plan to expand their implementation to other operations.