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Polyus joins UN event on human rights

In July 2019, Polyus joined a UN discussion panel on “Business and Human Rights”. The panel took place during the National Forum on Sustainable Development in Moscow as part of wider collaboration within the UN Global Compact Network. Its goal was to understand how businesses can get involved in the UN global human rights agenda.

Polyus was represented at the event by Daria Grigoreva, Polyus’ Head of Sustainability, who joined other major Russian and international companies, public figures and education bodies at the event.

The UN Global Compact is the largest UN Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development initiative within the global business sphere. In partnership with other organisations, the UN Global Compact network runs events aimed at defining the areas and extent to which corporations can get involved in promoting human rights within the business community.

The panel focused on a discussion around human rights, and immediate opportunities for partnership projects in 2019-2020. Panellists discussed the main human rights issues and the potential solutions businesses could develop, as well as the issues and opportunities connected with education and training on the topic of human rights.

Speaking at the event, Daria Grigoreva commented that “human rights” can sometimes be perceived as too broad a term, difficult to connect tangibly to everyday business activities. However, drilling down the issue more deeply can see that companies do have various procedural actions, departments, as well as responsibility at Board level, for every topic encompassed within the broader term of human rights.

Polyus’ approach to human rights issues is regulated by our company’s Human Rights Policy approved in 2015.

Polyus supports the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights approved by the UN Council in 2011 and the rights contained in international documents such as:

  • Universal Declaration on Human Rights
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.