Base Titanium’s Employment Policy together with its workplace systems sets out the culture, framework and guidelines that govern its employment practices.
Central to it is the Labour Recruitment and Influx Management Plan (“LRIMP”). By implementing the LRIMP, we have created a fair, transparent and equitable employment system across all facets of the Kwale Project and our contractors. It was prepared to ensure that labour and employment issues are addressed and deliver on commitments made in relation to maximising employment opportunities and project benefits to local communities.
The employment system also comprises a significant component aimed towards providing training and knowledge transfer to upgrade skills of Kenyans to man our operation and for the expanding mining industry in the Kenya in general.
Compliance with Legislation and International Standards
The system complies with Kenyan employment legislation and Base Titanium has also committed to the following international standards and guidelines:
- The Equator Principles.
- International Finance Corporation Performance Standards.
- The World Bank Group Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines.
- International Labour Organisation standards as ratified by the Government of Kenya.
Labour Recruitment and Influx Management Plan
The basis of the LRIMP is the Labour and Business Management Information System (“LBMIS”). It comprises a database that holds information relating to people who have registered for work on the Project. This includes identity details, contact details, education and work experience. The system provides a link to contractors requiring labour drawn from local communities. Contractors have access to all registered labour from the LBMIS through a computerised best-fit exercise against agreed criteria based on skills and geographical location as established in consultation with local communities and stakeholders.
In recognition of our commitment to maximising benefits to local communities, the system gives preference to project affected registrants and those residing in the immediate environs of the mine; progressively lower priorities are assigned to those living further away.
When a contractor submits its list of manpower requirements, the computer randomly selects suitable candidates from the database in accordance with the agreed criteria. This takes place at the purpose built office established near the mine site, the Kinondo Registration Information Centre, dedicated to administering registration, selection, medical screening and skills assessment.
The recruitment procedure is designed to be consistent and transparent to provide equity and build trust with the community. The purpose is to guide the recruitment process and provide a benchmark against which compliance can be measured.
The steps making up the registration process are illustrated below.
Since September 2011, 11,743 applicants have registered in the mine site and Likoni databases. Of these, 1,103 including 155 local skilled and semi-skilled artisans across a range of trades, have to date been employed by contractors engaged in building the Project.
Over 1,200 people are employed during the construction phase of the project.