Alumina Limited

Policies & standards

Human Rights Policy

1. Overview

This policy outlines Alumina Limited's policy on Human Rights. This policy applies to all Alumina employees, including contractors and consultants acting on the company's behalf. 
This policy is aligned with that of Alcoa, our partner in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC). Alcoa as manager/operator of the AWAC enterprise is directly engaged in managing AWAC operations in various locations around the World. 
If an Employee is uncertain whether an activity or practice breaches the Company policy on Human Rights, the matter shall be referred to the General Counsel/Company Secretary.

2. Guidelines

We are committed to the respect of internationally proclaimed human rights and make every effort to operate our business in a manner consistent with the principles pronounced in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the core conventions of the International Labour Organisation and other national laws and international human rights treaties, laws and norms. While the primary responsibility for human rights lies with the various governments, we share with them the commitment to avoid human rights violations and advance human rights within our internal and external business environment. 
Policy standards:

  • We do not engage in or condone the unlawful employment or exploitation of children in the workplace and act in accordance with all applicable local, state and national laws regarding the employment of minors. We support the education and development of children by encouraging the creation of educational, training or apprenticeship programs tied to formal education for young people.
  • We believe that people should work because they want or need to, not because they are forced to do so. We prohibit the use of prison labour, forcibly indentured labour, bonded labor, slavery, or servitude.
  • We recognize, respect, and embrace the cultural differences found in the worldwide marketplace. Our workplace embraces equal opportunity where our goal is to attract, develop, promote, and retain the best people from all cultures and segments of the population, based on ability. We have zero tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any kind.
  • We respect the right of our employees to associate freely, which includes their right to bargain collectively.
  • We ensure that compensation meets or exceeds the legal minimums and is competitive with industry standards. Our compensation philosophy is clearly communicated to employees and is in full compliance with all applicable laws. We are committed to providing our employees with a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Within the framework of our Values, we respect the cultural diversity, customs and values of the people in communities where we operate and take into account their needs, concerns, and aspirations. In particular, we recognise our responsibility to respect the economic, social and cultural rights of indigenous peoples in all communities where we operate.
  • At a minimum, we will comply with all relevant local, state, and national laws regarding human rights where we conduct our operations. We endeavour, however, wherever appropriate and practicable, to set the highest attainable standards, even if they exceed that which is required under local law.
  • We encourage and expect our partners, suppliers, contractors, and vendors to support these policies.

3.   Responsibilities of Employees

Employees are responsible to ensure that they:

  • adhere to the guidelines of this policy
  • report any questionable business practices that may breach this policy to the General Counsel/Company Secretary, or in his absence the Chief Executive Officer so that an investigation can be conducted as soon as possible.