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Communities and local development

Indigenous peoples

We believe it is crucial to respect the internationally recognized rights of indigenous peoples.

We recognize and respect the uniqueness of indigenous peoples, their cultural diversity, and their different aspirations and needs.

We undertake to recognize and respect the internationally recognized rights of indigenous, tribal, aboriginal, and native peoples (Indigenous Peoples), in accordance with current laws and following the requirements of the International Labor Organization’s Convention (ILO) No. 169, regardless of whether or not it is included in the legislation of the country in question. 

With the cooperation of the corresponding state government, as well as local, regional, and national organizations that represent indigenous peoples, we make sure to identify the indigenous communities, n their different stages of contact with the dominant culture, which may be affected by our activities. 

We establish working principles in terms of differential treatment and respect in order to form strong, trusting, and long-lasting relationships and with the aim of getting and maintaining the support of indigenous communities that are affected by our activity and linked to our projects. These principles are based on respect, cultural awareness, integrity, responsibility, transparency, good faith, non-discrimination, and mutual benefit. 

To meet this commitment, we will set up continuous, proactive, participatory dialogue with indigenous communities. This dialogue will vary depending on the cultural characteristics of each ethnic group or community and will involve the representative bodies of the indigenous communities, helping them become aware of and understand their rights and the dialogue process itself. 

Depending on the social and cultural structure of each ethnic group or community, dialogue will likewise guarantee and encourage the representation of men and women, different age groups, and leaders, who traditionally exercise some form of authority or influence. 

We also recognize and respect the right to free prior informed consent (FPIC) granted to indigenous peoples through appropriate procedures and particularly through the institutions that represent them, whenever consideration is being given to legislative or administrative measures which may affect them directly. This shall be done in good faith and in a way that is appropriate to the circumstances in order to reach an agreement or obtain consent concerning the proposed measures.