Adastra Minerals Inc. and its controlled affiliates (the “Company” or “Adastra”) recognises its responsibilities as regards employment of its workforce. The Company is committed to equitable and transparent recruitment and personnel management at all levels of project development and operation. This policy also links with the Company’s Health & Safety Policy, Community Development Policy and Environmental Policy.
The Company will seek to develop an Employment Programme (including management procedures) for its operations, in accordance with local legislation and internationally recognised industry best practice. Adastra will implement training and development programmes as part of its objective of aiming continually to improve performance in the workplace and community.
The implementation of the Employment Programme will be a key requirement at all phases of project development. Adastra will also give preference to consultants, contractors, suppliers and subsidiaries who uphold the principles of this Employment Policy.
The Company is committed to securing sustainable benefits for local communities through the use of local goods, services and labour, where equal quality, standards and competitive terms can be demonstrated.
The Company recognises the presence of HIV/AIDS in local populations and is committed to developing an HIV/AIDS policy, and where appropriate a programme of information, including training on universal precautions, for the workforce.
The Company is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and safety of its employees and to adopting employment practices that are fair, non-discriminatory and transparent.
Thorough employment and personnel management procedures will be developed and put in place at the earliest stages of project development.
To implement this, Adastra is committed to the following:
- The Company will adhere to all employment laws, regulations and guidelines that are applicable to its projects. Where no such national framework exists, it will seek to apply the World Bank Group policies, guidelines and procedures as at 28th April 2004;
- The Company will respect diversity and cultural differences;
- The Company will work with employees, government, stakeholders and local communities to maintain open and constructive communication and to address priorities and concerns;
- Clear procedures will be put in place for the recruitment of unskilled and skilled temporary and contract positions. These procedures will be widely publicised;
- The Company will give preference in recruiting new skilled staff at its project sites to former employees of mining companies operating locally and residents of the region in which the project is located, over expatriates or nationals from other regions, where permitted by applicable laws. Such recruitment will be conditional upon equivalent qualifications and experience being established;
- At project sites where there may be no suitably qualified staff living locally, recruitment will be carefully managed, in a manner appropriate to the area, to obviate the need for inward migration as far as possible;
- A programme will be put in place at each project site to train employees to carry out their tasks effectively and safely. Safety procedures and protocols for employee activities will be developed and detailed training given, covering methods of working, use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), first aid and action in emergencies;
- The Company will provide a health screening programme as appropriate for employees and a medical facility to deal with general health and to treat minor emergencies at each of its project sites;
- Training programmes will be implemented at project sites to enable employees to improve their skills in inter alia literacy, numeracy, foreign languages and technical subjects relevant to the project ;
- The results of the employment initiatives will be monitored in terms of both success and compliance with the Employment Policy.
- This Policy will be reviewed on a periodic basis and updated as necessary.
Approved by the Board of Directors on 28th April, 2004
Chairman of the Board: