Gran Tierra’s Corporate Human Rights Policy is based on the principles enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is consistent with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the Conventions of the International Labour Organization.
We conduct our operations with integrity, respecting human dignity and the rights of individuals. Although primary responsibility for the protection of human rights lies with government, the company promotes and respects these rights through joint actions between society, business and institutions. Through a Human Rights Risk Assessment process, we evaluate how our activities may impact communities. We engage with local communities to understand their human rights concerns and address incidents through dialogue and remedial action, if appropriate. We have established a culturally appropriate, accessible, responsive and transparent grievance mechanism that enables us to identify and address human rights incidents. GTE has an open-door policy for dialogue with communities near its operations and a well-developed process for resolving any complaints.
In 2016 Gran Tierra updated its Human Rights Risk Assessment in the Putumayo Department. There are three main stakeholders when it comes to implementing Gran Tierra’s Corporate Human Rights Policy:
- Employees and Contractors: All employees and contractors receive human rights training with managers being trained by an outside expert and a respected NGO, International Alert. Employees are supported by a full-time human rights attorney whose job is to ensure that everything we do complies with the Voluntary Principles on Human Rights. We also encourage our suppliers to treat their employees and communities in ways that respect human rights and are aligned to the spirit of our Human Rights Policy.
- Private Security Contractors: GTE’s human rights principles are built into every contract with our private security forces. They receive intensive training which we audit on a regular basis.
- Public Forces: GTE maintains a clear understanding with the police and military forces in Colombia that they are expected to respect the company’s human rights policy. In many cases, GTE provides training and resources to improve their human rights performance.
Gran Tierra is participating in several human rights initiatives, including an alliance with the Colombia Reintegration Agency to prevent child abuse in Puerto Asís and an alliance with the Antipersonnel Mines office of the Colombian government to support risk prevention training.