Respecting human rights is a fundamental part of Savannah’s commitment to protecting all of our stakeholders across the business. We have a stringent set of policies, regulations and work practices to ensure this commitment is upheld. We adhere to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (“VPoSHR”) as laid out by the Voluntary Principles Initiative and, as such, are committed to maintaining the safety and security of our operations, activities and projects in a way that ensures respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
We respect and promote the internationally recognised human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation’s declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. In addition, Savannah operates our own internally developed human rights policy and procedures, which themselves are in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
A key aspect of Savannah’s approach to, and implementation of, our human rights policy in the workplace is the requirement that all suppliers, service providers, partners and contractors shall understand, acknowledge and follow the same standards that are enshrined in the Company’s Code of Ethics. Any person or organisation which does not follow and implement these stated principles shall be excluded from the Company’s approved vendor list.
Savannah operates and applies a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of modern slavery and ensures that the rights of all workers operating within the Company’s supply chains are protected throughout.
We work and co-operate with host governments to ensure any action taken by them is consistent with the protection and promotion of human rights. To underpin this operational management practice, Savannah organises and implements regular structured meetings involving governments and their assigned agencies, to discuss security and human rights in Savannah’s areas of operations, activities and projects.
To reinforce the above measures Savannah also conducts regular security risk and threat assessments to examine patterns of violence in our areas of operations for educational, predictive and preventive purposes.
At the core of Savannah’s management philosophy is “diversity in the workspace”. We strongly believe that diversity throughout the organisation helps build a stronger workforce and improves business performance. Therefore, Savannah is committed to being an equal opportunity employer, with policies in place to ensure that the best person, irrespective of gender, race, disability, ethnicity, religious belief or sexual orientation, is appointed to a particular role or position within the organisation.
Savannah strives to act in accordance with the International Labour Organization Core Conventions and continuously seeks out areas for improving the working environment for our employees and stakeholders. Furthermore, all Savannah employees and stakeholders are treated without discrimination, and a working environment and workspace is maintained whereby all employee rights and individual dignity is respected.