Letter: Re: Nornickel’s responsibility to respect human rights in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
...We are reaching out to leading Russian mining companies with inquiries regarding the implementation of their commitment to respect human rights in accordance with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework (the “UN Guiding Principles”).
Nornickel has committed to comply with the UN Guiding Principles pursuant to the Company’s Human Rights Policy. However, frequent allegations of adverse human rights impacts, including severe ones, from activities of Nornickel and Nornickel Group give rise to serious concerns about the potential lack of implementation by the Company of its commitment to respect human rights. In fact, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark’s assessment of Nornickel based on the UN Guiding Principles indicators gained the total score of 7.0 out of 26 including 4.5 out of 8.0 for Governance and policy commitments; 0 out of 12.0 for Embedding respect and human rights due diligence and 2.5 out of 6.0 for Remedies and grievance mechanisms. The information available on the Company’s website appears to be insufficient to conclude that the Company has established policies and processes necessary to meet its responsibility to respect human rights in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles.
The purpose of this letter is to give the Company an opportunity to provide feedback and information that would demonstrate that Nornickel respects human rights in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles in practice...