Security and Human Rights
Kinross supports the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and has established a Human Rights Adherence and Verification Program (HRA & VP) program to implement this commitment.
The HRA & VP program establishes procedures and training at all Kinross operating mines on an annual basis to help ensure that all security personnel, as well as key site management, understand and are consistently compliant with human rights best practices and standards as related to security.
This includes specific training on the use of force in line with Kinross’ weapons policy, and provides guidance in such areas as reporting incidents and fostering a well-developed community-security relationship. The training is required for all private security personnel and Kinross management teams. Public security forces are invited and encouraged to attend. In both 2012 and 2013, 603 security people were trained, representing almost 81% of Kinross’ security personnel and a total of approximately 1,800 training hours.
Kinross also monitors the human rights records of security providers used by the Company. Monitoring includes information gathered through various international, regional and local agencies. All Kinross agreements with public security forces now include respect for human rights as a major component.
Each location has robust systems for allegation reporting and verification, investigation and resolution, monitoring of investigations conducted by public officials, and other essential elements of security oversight.