Working Conditions

Working conditions indicators assess the extent to which companies are ensuring a safe and healthy workplace, respect for workers’ rights, and the elimination of unfair or abusive labour practices. Many of the issues assessed are embedded in international labour standards, as set out in ILO Conventions, and have been long recognised as essential elements of responsible mining.

Average of the best scores achieved collectively by all companies for each one of the indicators under the thematic area

Average of the scores achieved by each one of the companies under this thematic area

Commitment (1 indicator)
Action (7 indicators)
Effectiveness (2 indicators)

Summary of results

The assessment results show that while the overall average performance is only 30%, the companies could already achieve a score of 74% by adopting the good practices demonstrated by their peers (as shown by the Collective Best Score on the chart – the sum of all best scores seen across all Working Conditions indicators). The strongest performance relates to the formal commitments, made by the vast majority of companies, to provide safe and healthy working conditions. On other issues, such as the prevention of discriminatory practices or the use of child labour and forced labour, company performances are very mixed with one or two companies providing good practice models for their peers.

Leading practices in Working Conditions include, for example, the establishment of a working group of employees to promote discussions and propose practical actions on ethnic and racial diversity within the workforce.