The Way We Work makes it clear that we do not offer, pay or accept bribes , no matter where we operate, no matter what the situation, and no matter who is involved. This position is further supported by our business integrity standard and procedure, which require employees, core contractors and associated persons acting for, or on behalf, of the company to not commit, authorise or be involved in bribery, corruption, fraud or other economic crimes.
We also provide clear rules regarding third-party benefits, managing conflicts of interest, facilitation payments; sponsorships, donations and community support, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and engaging third parties.
Our business integrity compliance programme, which is managed independent of our business’s operations, is designed to manage our compliance risks and regulatory requirements in the jurisdictions where we conduct our business.
We continuously evolve our monitoring and prevention programme so that it mirrors the risk profile of key assets and business activities and enables targeted intervention and awareness to prevent issues from occurring.
Compliance by Design
A major component of our strategy and focus is embedding “compliance by design”, whereby ethics and integrity measures and critical controls are built into existing business processes. As an example, our privacy impact assessments (PIAs) are a key preventative process, working alongside our existing security risk assessments to support transparent, fair and compliant personal data processing across our company.
PIAs are used on all new personal data processing technology, or when new personal data processing or changes to existing processing are likely to result in a risk to the rights of data subjects.
Fostering a Culture of Integrity
We know that our integrity – and our reputation for strong governance – hangs on the actions and decisions we make each day across our business. We are committed to a culture of transparency and encourage our employees, contractors and other partners, including community members, to speak up about their issues and concerns, either through management, our Human Resources or Ethics & Compliance, through our whistleblower programme or community complaints and grievance mechanisms.
We empower and equip our people to seek guidance when faced with a business integrity dilemma – both to prevent incidents from occurring, and to protect them and others from harm. This includes providing training to help build employees' awareness of possible issues, like bribery and corruption, and to help promote consistent instincts – and decisions – across the business.
myVoice, Whistleblower Programme
myVoice is our confidential whistleblower programme.
It is available to anyone who has concerns or information relating to misconduct or improper circumstances or behaviours connected to Rio Tinto.
These can include concerns about the business, or behaviours of individuals, including suspicion of violations of our standards, policies and standards, human rights, safety, environmental, financial reporting, fraud or business integrity issues in general.
myVoice lets you choose to submit a report confidentially or anonymously. It is important to know that the content discussed and the right to anonymity may be subject to local laws.
If you have a concern, let us know.