We seek to establish long-term community relationships based on meaningful engagement, care, respect, transparency, trust, honesty, humility, and good faith.
- We respect and seek to promote the culture, heritage, life systems, customs, beliefs, rites and socio-cultural practices of neighboring communities.
- We value the traditional rights of indigenous communities over their habitat; recognize the unique relationships of indigenous communities with the environments, and respect community sites which are culturally or religiously significant.
- We value the participation of indigenous peoples in our workforce.
- We assess and consider the social, cultural, environmental and economic impact of our operations on others.
- We maintain the safety and security of our operations, while respecting the human rights of those in our host communities.
- We contribute to the development and quality of life of our host communities.
- We do not offer or provide anything of value with the intent to improperly influence a community representative to gain business or an improper advantage.
- We seek opportunities to procure locally where possible, to support the economic and social development of our host communities.
- We value the culture, heritage and diversity of views of our host communities, and respect community sites which are culturally or religiously significant.
- We respond to community complaints in a timely manner and undertake action to address their concerns when appropriate.
- We will not retaliate against any Albemarle employee or member of our host communities for making a community-related complaint.
Our Code Principles in Action
- Consult with the employee responsible for local community engagement and any relevant country manager in advance of all meetings with community representatives.
- Ensure a summary is prepared of all meetings with community representatives, and provide a copy to Government Affairs.
- Follow this Code (Offering or Accepting Gifts & Hospitality) if you are considering offering anything of value, including gifts or hospitality, to a community representative, or receiving the same from a community representative.
- Follow this Code (Making a Charitable Donation) and the Anti-Corruption Policy if you would like the Albemarle Foundation to make a charitable donation in the US, or if you wish the Foundation to match your own donation in the US.
- Ensure planned donations to a community project are included in the appropriate Annual Operating Plan.
- Obtain pre-approval in accordance with the Charitable Donations & Community Projects Procedure before offering or giving (outside of the Albemarle Foundation) financial or in-kind support to a community project.
- Ensure that community project donations are paid to the authorized recipient; used for the approved purpose; supported by a receipt; in accordance with any applicable local tax requirements; and booked to an appropriate GL account.
- In accordance with the Code (Hiring New Employees) obtain pre-approval from Global Ethics & Compliance before offering employment, a temporary contract or an internship to:
- a community representative in a position of influence or authority over Albemarle’s business;
- a relative of such a community representative; or
- an individual who was such a community representative in the past two years.
- Consult with Global Ethics & Compliance if you, your spouse, your partner or a relative becomes a community representative who has influence over Albemarle’s affairs, and notify your supervisor in accordance with this Code (Managing a Conflict of Interest).
- Immediately contact Global Ethics & Compliance or the Legal Department if a community representative makes a request for a bribe, including a facilitation payment.
- Report any complaints or inquiries received from host communities to the employee responsible for local community engagement and any relevant country manager, and in accordance with any applicable grievance mechanism.
- Obtain pre-approval in accordance with this Code (Selecting and Managing Vendors) and the Global Procurement Policy before using such a Compliance Sensitive Vendor (which includes vendors who we know or suspect are directly or indirectly owned by a community representative or a close relative of a community representative; who engage with our host communities on our behalf; or who are recommended by a community representative).
- Vendors who provide site security services may engage with local police, military or other government officials on our behalf. They are Compliance Sensitive Vendors. Obtain pre-approval in accordance with this Code (Selecting and Managing Vendors) and the Global Procurement Policy before using such a vendor.