AngloGold Ashanti's policies and practices related to regional health threats are guided by the group's business principle, AngloGold Ashanti as an employer – our
labour practices, and which indicates that "the company is committed to prompt and supportive action in response to any major health threats in the regions in which we operate".
Information pertaining to HIV/AIDS and malaria – the major public health threats facing the company – is believed to be relevant to the African operations only.
While HIV/AIDS remains a significant challenge in southern Africa, this is less so at AngloGold Ashanti's other African operations as East, West and Central Africa have far lower prevalence levels. Furthermore, the risk posed by HIV/AIDS is of greatest significance in South Africa as the country's mining operations tend to be labour-intensive. Information related to the South African operations has therefore been included in the key indicators as these have been assured by external auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers , while information relating to the other African operations may be found in the discussion that follows.
The risks associated with malaria are more significant at the company's operations in Mali, Tanzania, Ghana and Guinea. Although more data is being generated by these operations in respect of malaria, the programmes are still new and data gathering is in its infancy. The key indicators have therefore not been assured, although it is the company's intention that they will be in the future.
The company has once again reported in accordance with the
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.