Our Approach

Corporate responsibility is integral to our business strategy at each stage of the mine life cycle, and across all functions. We operate according to the highest standards of corporate governance, ethics and honesty, and are committed to the protection and promotion of human rights wherever we work.

Managing Corporate Responsibility

Our Guiding Principles for Corporate Responsibility are at the core of our CR strategy. The principles provide a set of clear, non-negotiable standards that define our relationships with employees, partners and the communities in our area of influence.

These principles are implemented through management standards and on-going programs such as training, audits, emergency response drills, and risk assessments.

CR performance is measured and managed on equal footing with operations, financial, and other core functions, and reviewed on a quarterly basis by the Corporate Responsibility and Technical Committee of the Board of Directors.

Human Rights

Kinross’ commitment to human rights is integrated into everything we do through the following policies, standards, and practices:

  • Our commitment to the UN Global Compact;
  • Our commitment to support and respect the protection of human rights in the workplace and the community, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  • Our commitment to the Voluntary Principles for Security and Human Rights;
  • Kinross Code of Business Conduct and Ethics;
  • Our internal policies for Environment, Health & Safety and labour, and our procedures and practices in community relations, and our approach to project permitting/consultation
All of Kinross’ security workforce is trained annually under our Human Rights Adherence and Verification Program.


The Kinross Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the Code) establishes policies for Kinross directors, employees and contractors, and applies to all Kinross operations and to Kinross-operated joint ventures. The Code is available in all of the applicable official languages and is supported by compliance training and education programs. The Code and the associated training establish strict prohibitions on corrupt activity and robust controls to mitigate the risks of noncompliance.

Our Whistleblower Policy provides employees with rules and procedures to confidentially and, at their option, anonymously report, without fear of retaliation, any concerns of actual or suspected improper activities regarding of the Company’s accounting, internal controls or auditing matters, and any other violations of the Code including, but not limited to, violations of applicable laws and other Kinross policies. The Company has also established separate procedures for external parties to similarly report any such concerns.

In addition, the Company has a Vice-President, Compliance whose mandate is to provide dedicated leadership and oversight of the Company’s global compliance program.

We maintain the highest standards of corporate governance, ethics, and honesty in all of our dealings, and operate in compliance with the law wherever we work.

Supply Chain

Kinross takes steps to ensure that our suppliers share our commitment to corporate responsibility and ethical conduct. All vendors sign Kinross’ Supplier Standards of Conduct (SSoC), signifying that they commit to conduct their operations safely and comply with the Kinross Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, including applicable anti-corruption laws, as well as the fundamental principles of the UN Global Compact respecting human rights, labour standards, environmental protection, and anti-corruption. To monitor compliance with the SSoC, we conduct periodic visits and audits of suppliers, which include interviews with management and employees on site.

Kinross participated in the World Gold Council’s Responsible Gold Steering Committee, which developed the Conflict-Free Gold Standard in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. Our Conflict Free Gold Reports are available here.

Our supply chain consists of providers of energy, equipment, reagents, and other consumables, as well as transportation, catering, and other services necessary to support our operations.

Sustainable Development Goals

We recognize the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as important global goals to address some of the most pressing challenges facing our society. While all of the SDGs are vital to well-being around the world, Kinross’ focus is on the eight SDGs that are of highest relevance to our business and where we believe that Kinross can make the greatest difference.

To learn more about how our approach to responsible mining is contributing positively to the SDGs, see our 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report.

We have prioritized these eight SDGs based on issues of greatest importance to Kinross, our Guiding Principles, measures to mitigate potential negative impacts, and direct positive contributions from our core business activities. Leading examples of the SDGs in action are documented throughout our most recent Corporate Responsibility Report.