Merdeka respect and uphold human rights and firmly believes in the inherent dignity of every individual. We recognize the potential impact of our mining business on Human Rights. Therefore, we are committed to upholding internationally recognized Human Rights standards as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as well as the Indonesia regulations of the Human Rights Act No. 39/1999.
This commitment is demonstrated by conducting our business in alignment with The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact.
Our commitment to human rights is embodied in our Human Rights Policy, which safeguards the freedom of expression, assembly, and association, while prohibiting all forms of discrimination and harassment. We also unequivocally denounce workplace violence.
Our dedication to Human Rights is further entrenched in our Code of Conduct, shared with every employee. Through our Sustainability Supplier Code of Conduct, we mandate that all our business partners respect human rights. Human rights aspects are also integrated into our Sustainability Policy, including the implementation of a Whistleblowing System, overseen by an independent body, adhering to principles of anonymity, confidentiality, and safeguarding the identity, content, and identity of the reporter.
We are actively engaged in the global Human Rights community. Since 2022, we have also joined the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, an organization that advocates for sustainable corporate policies and practices, supporting broader UN objectives, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals. Merdeka’s participation in the UN Global Compact enhances our sustainability performance through membership access to networks, guidelines, training, and industry collaboration at both national and global levels, particularly concerning Human Rights-related matters.
In 2022, Merdeka took part in the Business and Human Rights Academy: Human Rights Due Diligence Training, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the government of Japan. This training offered a comprehensive understanding and practical steps to conduct human rights due diligence in accordance with The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.