GENDER POLICY

SCOPE 

This policy applies to the Bisunzu Mining Company (“SMB”) and its subsidiaries. SMB communicates this policy to its suppliers.

GOAL

At SMB we are focused on diversity. We know that consulting with, and employing, diverse people gives us access to a range of perspectives to make the best decisions about how to operate and grow our business. Our aim to build an environment where all differences are valued extends to how we work with our external stakeholders. Gaining representative viewpoints from both men and women in local communities maximises the likelihood of us having a positive sustainable impact and helps us to minimise our risk and exposure as an investor.

SMB is committed to inclusiveness and equality across all societal groups including ethnic minorities, migrants, landless people, HIV infected and all other vulnerable or marginalized groups. The practical management implications concerning inclusiveness and gender integration raised in this guide will be applicable to all these groups. Responding to the diversity of our stakeholders and integrating gender considerations into our communities work is critical. We need to ensure that the benefits of our investments in the different countries in which we operate are accessible to the full spectrum of community. This means women and men, girls and boys must benefit, in particular, the most vulnerable. We must also ensure that decisions regarding the manner and nature of our contribution to economic, social and infrastructure developments consider the desires of all groups in the local community – recognizing that there may be a large diversity of views and concerns among women and men. With its practical orientation, we hope that this guide will be a useful reference for SMB’s communities practitioners, and for educating our businesses more broadly. It is relevant for employees at various levels – from operations through to specialist areas, such as Human Resources and Procurement, to better incorporate gender considerations into their planning and programming.

DEFINITIONS 

ARTICLE 5 alinéa 2 Any natural person of Congolese nationality, except the pregnant woman, who wishes to engage in the artisanal mining of mineral substances throughout the national territory, can not do within the framework of an approved mining cooperative, according to The Provisions of the present Code and whose subordination to the holding of an operator’s card is artisanal.

POLICY

In accordance with Chapter 4 paragraph 40 of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (3rd Edition): “[…] companies must respect the human rights that have marked categories or populations that deserve special attention, since they have had a negative impact on these rights. In this context, United Nations instruments have clarified the rights of indigenous peoples; persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities; women; children; disabled people; migrant workers and their families. In line with our responsibility for due diligence on the supply chain, SMB Sarl is vigilant and estimates the severity of the risk of pregnant women, as recommended by the OECD.

Consider the work between SMB Sarl and other mining partners and the National and International Civil Society (Children Voice, ASSODIP, ETN and Pact / iTSCI) since 2016 gender policy on its mineral supply chain,

Specifically:

  • Appointing a “gender champion” – a company representative charged with addressing women’s concerns
  • Ensuring that women are able to discuss their ideas, issues and needs without interference, and that these issues are addressed.
  • Training community personnel/facilitators in participatory and gender sensitive methodologies, and rights and advocacy based approaches.
  • Employing personnel of both genders at similar levels of responsibility and authority
  • Holding meetings in convenient locations at suitable times for community women (Providing transport to meetings/activities)
  • Ensuring easy, convenient access to water and sanitation in the site
  • Support the community creating its own structures and organisations, such as permanent committees, to
  • facilitate project sustainability and to institutionalize the role of women as well as men in local public life

Updated: February 2019

Management