Community Engagement

Battery Minerals Limited believes the building of relationships with local communities and stakeholders based on trust and mutual advantage is essential to business success and sustainability. BAT expects and promotes the highest professional and ethical standards of its staff and affiliated parties, having regard to the well-being of the community and the natural environment.

Battery Minerals Limited is committed to:

  • Open and transparent communication.
  • Understanding and respecting the needs and aspirations of local people.
  • Acting in a responsible manner at all times.
  • Conducting heritage surveys with the appropriate indigenous people.
  • Protecting indigenous sites of cultural or spiritual significance.
  • Identifying commercial opportunities for local businesses.
  • Complying with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements as a minimum standard.

In Mozambique, BAT is also committed to upholding the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM’s) Mining Principles, which supports progress towards the global targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. ICMM’s Mining Principles seek to maximise the industry’s benefits to host communities, while minimising negative impacts to effectively manage issues of concern to communities and stakeholders.

In all of its projects, Battery Minerals respects human rights. Our activities seek to avoid infringing on the rights of others and to addressing the impacts of our business activities.  We are guided by the principles of the internationally recognised human rights norms:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
  • ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and;
  • The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; Implementing the UN “Protect, Respect, and Remedy” Framework
  • The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986

Battery Minerals is committed to ensuring that its activities are always compatible with the economic growth, social wellbeing, cultural wellbeing and environmental health of all stakeholders. In order to do this, we have adopted due diligence processes that identify potential impacts on communities within and close to the operational areas.  The scope of due diligence applies to all of our activities, including our business relationships with others. The process involves identifying all stakeholders in the outcomes of our work and ensures that these stakeholders concerns are mapped. Through engaging with stakeholders, we seek to understand the social, cultural, environmental and economic impacts of our activities in the local, regional and national contexts. Through such engagement, we identify and respond to stakeholder concerns, and work to optimize benefits and reduce negative impacts. We believe that our contribution to economic development, together with our community engagement and development programs (which may include procurement, training, employment community-based health, education and cultural heritage initiatives) contributes to the realization of social, cultural and environmental well-being within the target areas. Where indigenous communities are present, we use reasonable efforts to respect their standing as distinct, self-determining peoples with collective rights.

We seek to ensure that stakeholders who are or could be affected by our activities have access to community feedback mechanisms that are legitimate, accessible, predictable, timely, equitable and transparent. Our approach to resolving disputes and grievances is based on respect, engagement and dialogue with the stakeholders and communities that are affected by us or affect what we do. Awareness of this policy among our employees, subsidiaries and contractors and communities is essential to ensuring that we meet the goals of this policy. We communicate our approach to discharge our duty to respect human rights internally and externally, provide training to employees and contractors on their responsibilities, and incorporate feedback from stakeholders to ensure continuous improvement in our implementation of this policy. We commit to open and transparent reporting on stakeholder issues and incidents in our reports to Government and through continuous engagement with those affected.

Labour Standards

We treat our employees fairly and with respect. We promote diversity in the workplace and strive to provide an environment that is free from harassment, violence and intimidation. Our employment policies adhere to all applicable domestic laws and are, to the extent reasonable, consistent with internationally accepted labour standards. This includes the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, non-discrimination, and the banning of forced labour and under-age workers. We pay wages and benefits, including overtime (when applicable), which satisfy, at a minimum, national legal standards or local industry benchmarks. Employees receive full details regarding their pay and deductions for taxes, benefits, etc., as well as written contracts or work documents. The use of misleading or fraudulent practices to recruit employees (such as failing to disclose key terms and conditions of employment) is prohibited, as is any attempt to retain or deny employees access to their identity or immigration documents. We use transparent, clearly defined and clearly communicated measures to calculate performance-based pay. Working hours never exceed the national legal standards or industry benchmarks.

Health and Safety

We provide safe and healthy workplaces. Our employees and contractors are required to know and follow all applicable health and safety laws and regulations as well as the Company's policies and standards and must report any health and safety concerns and respond to them in a diligent manner. We seek to ensure that employees and contractors are properly trained in applicable health and safety laws and regulations and our health and safety policies and standards. All business activities are conducted having due regard to the health and safety of our employees, visitors, and communities. We work with our suppliers and business partners so that their operations support these same objectives. These efforts together help define, protect, and ensure the long-term success of our Company.

Security

We strive to protect our people and assets, and to provide a secure environment in which our businesses can operate. Our security policies, systems, guidelines and practices, to the extent reasonable, are consistent with international standards, including the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and the laws of the jurisdictions where we operate. When operating in Developing Countries with limited regulation on Security, we commit to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.