Human rights policy


SQM is committed to respecting and promoting human rights in accordance with current national and international standards. In order to consolidate this commitment from the highest corporate level and throughout our entire operational chain, we publish our Human Rights Policy, based on the framework of "protection, respect and remedy" of the Guiding Principles on Companies and Human Rights of the United Nations, and inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the International Labor Organization, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights and Cultural Affairs of the United Nations.

This Human Rights Policy has been defined as a series of principles to which SQM and its affiliates and subsidiaries adhere, in order to generate an institutional culture of protection and promotion of the fundamental rights of people who work and are related to the Company or living in your environment. SQM also expects its suppliers, contractors, consultants, business partners and other third parties associated with SQM to uphold and adhere to these principles, and urges them to adopt similar policies within their own businesses. This policy complements and highlights issues already contained in other SQM policies, codes and procedures, such as its: Sustainable Development Policy, Inclusion and Diversity Policy, Code of Ethics, Anti-bribery and Anti-corruption Policy.


This Policy and the commitments that emanate from it, are intended for all areas of our influence, starting with the SQM board of directors, our own workers, our shareholders, our chain of suppliers and supplies, as well as the communities and territories where they are located. our operations.

Human Rights Policy

As a global company that produces essential supplies for key industries in human development, such as health, food, clean energy and technology, among others, SQM guides its actions under the principles of excellence, safety, integrity and sustainability, embodied in our Code of Ethics, and applicable to all of us who are part of SQM. This Code compels us to observe strict rules for the good performance of corporate governance and a robust risk management system, fully complying with current legislation and regulations, and observing commitments and high national and international standards voluntarily acquired.

In search of complementing our ethical commitments with the duties of due diligence in human rights and reinforcing our commitment to the sustainable development objectives of the United Nations Global Compact, and fundamental labor rights, we acquired the following commitments:

Workers and Workers.

In our company we promote respectful labor relations, creating the necessary conditions so that each person can develop their capacities, we value meritocracy, and we favor equal opportunities, the inclusion of diversity, non-discrimination, and respect for human rights , in strict compliance with the labor rights recognized both in current national legislation and in the main instruments of the International Labor Organization. In consecuense,

We are committed to:

  • Reject outright all kinds of child, forced or other labor that means some kind of slavery; and to enforce this principle throughout our entire supply chain.
  • Respect the right to freedom and the right of association of our workers, seeking to generate spaces for informed and transparent dialogue that allow us to reach agreements for mutual benefit.
  • Promote an affirmative corporate culture of diversity, inclusion, non-discrimination, respectful treatment and equal opportunities.
  • Reject violence, sexual harassment and harassment or workplace harassment.
  • Promote merit and enhance the development of our workers and workers in view of the development of their potential.
  • Generate safe and healthy working conditions that protect the dignity of workers, as well as promote a culture of occupational safety through the permanent dissemination of guides and education on safety and risk prevention.
  • Extend our health and safety policy to all our collaborators, consultants, contractors, distributors, independent contractors, subcontractors and wholesalers.

Value chain

At SQM we are responsible for delivering quality products that comply with the committed standards and applicable regulations, as well as providing timely attention and service to our consumers and clients, through a rigorous Quality Management system. Likewise, we are determined to promote that human rights, fair treatment and protection of the environment are respected throughout our production chain. In consecuense,

We are committed to:

  • Promote and tend to a responsible and sustainable supply.
  • Respect and promote respect for the human rights, including labor rights, of workers in our supply chain, including consultants, contractors, distributors, independent contractors, subcontractors, and wholesalers.
  • Deliver to our customers quality products that comply with the committed standards and with the applicable safety regulations.


As a mining company selectively integrated in the processing and commercialization of products, we are committed to strict adherence to current environmental regulations, ensuring rigorous evaluation of the possible impacts of our processes on the environment, the responsible management of natural resources, the establishment of timely prevention, compensation and reparation measures and an effective monitoring policy for these. In consecuense,

We are committed to:

Comply with current environmental regulations.

Evaluate in advance the impacts of our operations on the environment and surrounding human communities.

  • Comply with current environmental regulations.
  • Evaluate in advance the impacts of our operations on the environment and surrounding human communities.
  • Develop and execute prevention, mitigation and repair measures that are appropriate to reduce the environmental footprint.
  • To promote the development and implementation of technical advances that allow sustainable development.
  • Promote, in accordance with current regulations, citizen and community participation in the preparation of environmental studies.


Our projects seek to generate shared social value with the communities present in the areas where they are developed. Based on the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the International Labor Organization, SQM promotes sustainable local development and respect for the autonomy of the communities

through a permanent process of participation and dialogue aimed at achieving mutually beneficial agreements and the generation of plans and programs of community benefit in priority areas such as education, social inclusion, entrepreneurship, rescue of historical heritage and sustainable development. Likewise, in view of the joint generation of informed diagnoses regarding the possible impacts of our projects, we tend to the continuous and transparent delivery of information, and we promote participation and consultation, in all cases required by current legislation, especially regarding indigenous communities, incorporating into our actions the standards of Convention No. 169 of the International Labor Organization and the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples. In consecuense,

We are committed to:

  • Promote, in accordance with current regulations, citizen participation and provide transparent and timely information regarding our projects.
  • Promote citizen participation with indigenous relevance and prior, free, informed and good faith consultation with the communities potentially affected by our projects, in accordance with current legislation.
  • Respect the autonomy and traditional values ​​of the communities where our operations are carried out.
  • Promote and support the sustainable economic development of communities, and the generation of projects of shared value between our operations and neighboring communities.
  • Implement communication channels that allow a permanent dialogue with the community, as well as develop effective due diligence mechanisms on human rights.


In order to contribute to achieving the goals of protection, respect and remedy within the framework of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Business, we are committed to informing about the SQM Human Rights Policy inside and outside the organization, and generate the necessary conditions for the implementation of effective human rights due diligence mechanisms in all our operations.

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