Fortescue is committed to upholding and respecting the human rights of all people including our employees, the communities in whcih we operate, those who may be impacted by our activities and those within our supply chains.
We conduct business in a manner consistent with the human rights principles encompassed in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the United Nations Global Compact, the Forced Labor Convention and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Fortescue also works to ensure it is not complicit in human rights abuses committed by others.
The foundation documents for human rights protection are our Code of Conduct and Integrity and Human Rights Policy.
Fortescue recognises the significant role we have in ensuring that the rights of Indigenous people are protected in the communities in which we operate. We acknowledge the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the human rights principles it embodies including the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).
Consistent with FPIC, Fortescue’s engagement processes seek to secure the consent of Traditional Custodians to conduct mineral exploration and development on their traditional lands.
Fortescue welcomed the passing of Australia's Modern Slavery Act 2018 as an important step in harnessing the power of Australian business to eradicate modern slavery in global supply chains.
One of the major human rights risks facing Fortescue is the existence of modern slavery practices in our supply chain.
Fortescue has a global supply chain procuring a range of goods and services from different countries around the world. The Company acknowledges that modern slavery has the potential to exist in its supply chain through a variety of circumstances including forced labour, child labour, debt bondage and human trafficking.
Fortescue is working in collaboration with its suppliers, industry, government and NGOs to identify and address the risk of modern slavery in its own operations and its supply chain. The Company also recognises that it has a role to influence its customers.
This year, Fortescue published its second Modern Slavery Voluntary Statement. The statement outlines the actions Fortescue is undertaking to ensure modern slavery does not occur in its operations and supply chains.