AngloGold Ashanti's South America's Volunteer programme - called in
Portuguese 'Holding Hands' - was set up at the end of 2003 following a survey
where employees indicated that they would like to proceed with the development
of such an initiative. A strategy for the programme was developed with
involvement of employees and the assistance of group representing different
economic sectors, known as "Volunt?rios das Gerais" (Volunteers from Minas
Gerais) which was formed by FIEMG, the Minas Gerais State Federation of
A group comprising 18 employee representatives meet on a weekly basis to plan
the activities of the 'Holding Hands' venture. Although most of the work is done
behind the scenes, a 'Volunteer Show' was held on 16 October 2004 to officially
launch the programme. At this event eight employees - who are computer
specialists, equipment operators, miners, technicians, engineers and buyers by
day - entertained other employees and their families and, in so doing, collected
almost 2,000 kilograms of non-perishable foodstuffs in lieu of entrance fees for
those in need in local communities.
AngloGold Ashanti Minera??o currently has 106 registered volunteers. Most of
the volunteers' work is done after working hours. But, in the case of helping at
day care centres, schools and other institutions that do not operate at night or
on weekends, the work may be done during normal working hours.
A further step in the programme is the provision of training for registered
volunteers to better understand the reasons for corporate volunteer work, the
rights and duties of a volunteer, and more details on the 'Holding Hands'
Programme. Some 40 volunteers underwent training in November 2004, while a
further 40 will receive training in March 2005.
The Holding Hands initiative participated in 'V Day' on 5 December 2004, a
day dedicated to volunteerism within the state of Minas Gerais.
AngloGold Ashanti Minera??o supports V Day
On 5 December 2004, the state of Minas Gerais, where AngloGold Ashanti
Minera??o is located, called a Volunteers Day -? or V Day -? in an effort to
mobilise as many people as possible to volunteer time for community initiatives.
Over 150 people ?- employees, family members, friends and members of the
community -? took part in the activities spread over the towns of Raposos, Sabar?,
Nova Lima, and Caet?.
"The Volunteer Day is an example of what we can do for our communities," says
AngloGold Ashanti's president and CEO of the region, Roberto Carvalho Silva, who
visited the hospital Nossa Senhora de Lourdes in Nova Lima.
More than 1,000 people benefited from the initiative. In Raposos alone, a
group of over 60 people got together to clean the river banks of the Ribeir?o da
Prata. Adults and children helped plant
336 plant seedlings and collected over 20 tons of trash. Two groups dedicated
themselves to the aged in the Sabar? and Caet? homes.
At the Environmental Educational Centre, around 20 children from the Maria Magalhães Pinto Educational Centre had fun with the volunteers. "It was an extremely gratifying day that left us with a very important lesson: we can contribute a lot for a better world," says Ely da Conceição Souza, a mining engineer.