We are continually improving the way we manage and report information relating to our stakeholder engagement activities and compliance obligations.
We use the feedback we gain from stakeholders to improve our management of key issues and impacts, respond to concerns or issues relating to our business activities, identify opportunities, inform our business strategy and activities, and develop social investment programs collaboratively.
Engagement with the UN High Commission for Human Rights
In February 2019, we received a letter from the Special Procedures branch of the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR). In its letter, the OHCHR requested information from OceanaGold on alleged environmental and human rights issues relating to our Didipio Mine.
We replied by letter in April 2019 setting out information on each of the issues raised by the OHCHR. We reiterated our Didipio Mine is committed to being a good corporate citizen, and that this commitment encompasses our respect for the environment and internationally recognised human rights, including the rights of indigenous peoples. We noted that we are also committed to engagement on an effective and genuine basis with all stakeholders impacted by our operations, including global and local civil society groups.
Following our formal response to the OHCHR our Executive VP and Head of External Affairs and Social Performance met with the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights, the Chief of the Special Procedures branch of the OHCHR and with staff for the UN Special Rapporteurs on hazardous substances and wastes, safe drinking water and sanitation, the rights of indigenous peoples, and the situation of human rights defenders. The meetings were an opportunity for us to discuss our response to the information requests, and to answer any further questions from the UN Special Procedures.
We stand by our commitments to responsible mining and will continue to engage openly.
Philippines Congressional Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples
On Friday 28 February 2020, the Philippines Congressional Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples held a public hearing at the Didipio Mine to explore environmental and human rights allegations made against the operation.
The Secretary of the Congressional Committee requested this public hearing be held at the Didipio Mine, and invited participation from all the concerned parties. Over 1,000 people attended the hearing, representing all groups. This hearing was public, and open to anybody who wanted to attend.
The Congressional Committee heard presentations around the allegations and there was also a questions and answers session where the company was asked to respond to the allegations (those responses available in the section above). Following the Committee hearing, all parties were invited to submit their position papers to be considered by the Committee.
This process, and any further actions, is being managed by the Committee and OceanaGold is a stakeholder to this process only.