Commitment to respect indigenous peoples’ rights
- The EDF group is committed to respecting the rights and distinctive features of indigenous populations as defined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and ILO Convention 169. The UNDRIP in particular stipulates that Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation.
- EDF Renouvelables is aware of the unique issues facing indigenous peoples and is committed to following the best international standards in this area and, more specifically, the UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples), ILO Convention 169 and World Bank standards. In particular, EDF Renouvelables recognizes the criteria for characterizing indigenous peoples included in these standards, including historical and geographic “pre-existence,” “cultural distinctiveness,” “self-identification,” and “non-dominance.” EDF Renouvelables upholds the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples and communities, including their right to self-determination, their right to land, territories and resources, and their right to FPIC (Free Prior and Informed Consent) in its projects and activities, as defined by ILO Convention 169.
- EDF Renouvelables projects are subject to a risk analysis within the scope of application of the duty of vigilance, taking into account their nature, size, technical features and location. For this purpose, environmental and social impact assessments of EDF Renouvelables projects are based on the most demanding international standards (IFC Performance Standards and Equator Principles).
- EDF Renouvelables process to determine who is an indigenous people is aligned to IFC PS7 (link) recommendations and requirements. The applicability of this IFC PS7 is established during the environmental and social risks and impacts identification process.
- There is no universally accepted definition of “Indigenous Peoples.” Generally speaking, the term “Indigenous Peoples” is used in a generic sense to refer to a distinct social and cultural group possessing the following characteristics in varying degrees:
- Self-identification as members of a distinct indigenous cultural group and recognition of this identity by others
- Collective attachment to geographically distinct habitats or ancestral territories in the project area and to the natural resources in these habitats and territories
- Customary cultural, economic, social, or political institutions that are separate from those of the mainstream society or culture
- A distinct language or dialect, often different from the official language or languages of the country or region in which they reside.
Responsible sourcing of minerals
- EDF Renouvelables makes it a contractual requirement for their strategic suppliers and contractors to ensure, along with their subcontractors, compliance with the following international standards:
- The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains
- The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- The ILO Fundamental Conventions on Labor
- The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
Prohibition of forced labour
EDF Renouvelables makes it a contractual requirement for their strategic suppliers and contractors to ensure, at least, that :
Forced labour :
- The Contractor shall comply with the ILO Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105) and the ILO Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29), and if applicable the Modern Slavery Act (2015),
- The Contractor shall ensure that all work is voluntary and do not participate to human traffic or use any form of slave, forced, bonded, indentured or prison labor.
- The Contractor shall not withhold Workers’ official identity documents.
- The Contractor shall ensure that Workers’ employment contracts clearly convey the conditions of employment in a language understood by the Workers.
- Workers shall not be required to pay any recruitment fees or other similar fees to obtain their employment.
Freedom of movement :
- The Contractor shall not restrict its Workers from their freedom of movement in the worksites (except from places to which the access is restricted for reasons of confidentiality and/or security).
Wages and Benefits :
- The Contractor shall pay at least the minimum wage and provide any benefits required by the Applicable Laws and Regulations and/or the employment contract.
- The Contractor shall pay accurate wages in a timely manner, and wage deductions shall not be used as a disciplinary measure.
- The Contractor shall compensate Workers for overtime hours at the appropriate overtime rate applied to the appropriate base wage as per the Applicable Laws and Regulations or the employment contract, whichever is higher, for the relevant job classification of the Worker.
Freedom of association and collective bargaining.
- The Contractor shall be committed to an open and constructive dialogue with its employees and workers’ representatives. The Contractor shall freely allow Workers’ lawful rights to associate with others, form, and join organizations of their choice, and bargain collectively, without interference, Discrimination, retaliation, or Harassment.
- Where the local law substantially restricts freedom of association, the Contractor shall allow alternative means for Workers to individually and collectively engage with, including processes for Workers to express their Grievances and protect their rights regarding Working conditions and terms of employment.