AngloGold Ashanti is an organisational stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and has prepared this Report to Society 2007 in accordance with the GRI 2006 G3 Sustainability Guidelines.
As a founding member of the ICMM we are committed to good business practices in sustainable development and to implementing the ICMM Sustainable Development Framework and compliance with policy statements of the ICMM Council. Further, AngloGold Ashanti is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and, as such, is committed to providing a progress assessment on how the principles of the Global Compact have been progressed throughout policies and actions during the year. We report on our progress in complying with the principles to the Global Compact on a quarterly basis.
In the schedule below, we have reported in accordance with the GRI indicators (including the Mining and Metals Supplement), providing an indication of where this information may be found, as well as the corresponding ICMM principles and Global Compact principles.
The GRI is a large multi-stakeholder network of experts worldwide, who participate in GRIs working groups and governance bodies, use the GRI Guidelines to report, access information in GRI-based reports, or contribute to develop the Reporting Framework in other ways, both formally and informally.
The GRIs vision is that reporting on economic, environmental, and social performance by all organisations is as routine and comparable as financial reporting. The GRI network accomplishes this vision by developing, continuously improving, and building capacity around the use of a Sustainability Reporting Framework, the core of which are the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Other components in the Reporting Framework are Sector Supplements and Protocols.
AngloGold Ashanti is an Organisational Stakeholder of GRI and is thus committed to reporting in accordance with GRI. The GRI principles have been developed to define a compact between the reporting organisation and the report user, ensuring that both parties share a common understanding of a GRI-based report.
By adhering to the 11 principles, users can ensure that reports:
For further information see www.globalreporting.org
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) was formed in October 2001 to represent leading international mining and metals companies. Its vision is a viable mining, minerals and metals industry that is widely recognised as essential for modern living and a key contributor to sustainable development. ICMM members believe that by demonstrating superior business practices they will gain preferential access to land, capital and markets.
Members are required to practice their commitment to environmental, economic and social responsibility. Significant progress has been made in helping the members raise their contribution towards achieving sustainable development by creating tools to improve performance, including sharing examples of good practice.
Member companies are committed to the ICMM Sustainable Development Framework, including a set of 10 principles, supported by public reporting and independent assurance. AngloGold Ashanti is a founding member of ICMM.
For further information see www.icmm.com
In an address to the World Economic Forum on 31 January 1999, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, challenged business leaders to join an international initiative the Global Compact that would bring companies together with UN agencies, labour and civil society to support universal environmental and social principles. The Global Compacts operational phase was launched at UN Headquarters in New York on 26 July 2000. Today, thousands of companies from all regions of the world, international labour and civil society organisations are engaged in the Global Compact, working to advance ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption . Through the power of collective action, the Global Compact seeks to promote responsible corporate citizenship so that business can be part of the solution to the challenges of globalisation. In this way, the private sector in partnership with other social actors can help realise the Secretary-Generals vision: a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.
The Global Compact is a purely voluntary initiative with two objectives:
To achieve these objectives, the Global Compact offers facilitation and engagement through several mechanisms: Policy Dialogues, Learning, Country/Regional Networks, and Partnership Projects. The Global Compact is not a regulatory instrument it does not police, enforce or measure the behaviour or actions of companies. Rather, the Global Compact relies on public accountability, transparency and the enlightened self-interest of companies, labour and civil society to initiate and share substantive action in pursuing the principles upon which the Global Compact is based. AngloGold Ashanti is a signatory to the Global Compact.
The Global Compacts 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption enjoy universal consensus and are derived from:
The Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption:
Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
the effective abolition of child labour.
the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.
For more information see www.unglobalcompact.org.
AngloGold Ashanti also reported payments to government in line with the Extractive Industries Transporting Initiative (EITI).
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|Fully reported||Annual Financial Statements (AFS)|
|Partially reported||Country reports|
|Not applicable||Social and Labour Plan Reports|
|AngloGold Ashanti website||Not reported|
|GRI Guidelines||ICMM sustainable development framework||UN Global compact||Location in the report||Status|
|GRI Number||Content||ICMM principle||Content||Global compact principle||Content|
|1. Strategy and analysis|
|1.1||Statement by the CEO about the relevance of sustainability to the organisation and its strategy||2||Integrate sustainable development considerations within the corporate decision-making process|
|1.2||Description of key impacts, risks and opportunities|
|2. Organisational profile|
|2.1||Name||10||Implement effective and transparent engagement, communication and independently verified reporting arrangements with our stakeholders|
|2.2||Primary brands, products and services|
|2.3||Operational structure and major divisions||,|
|2.4||Location of headquarters|
|2.5||Countries of operations|
|2.6||Nature of ownership and legal form||,|
|2.8||Scale of reporting organisation||,|
|2.9||Significant changes during the year||,|
|3. Report parameters|
|3.1||Reporting period||10||Implement effective and transparent engagement, communication and independently verified reporting arrangements with our stakeholders|
|3.2||Date of previous report|
|Report scope and boundary|
|3.5||Process for defining report content||10||Implement effective and transparent engagement, communication and independently verified reporting arrangements with our stakeholders|
|3.6||Boundary of the report|
|3.8||Basis for reporting on joint ventures or subsidiaries|
|3.9||Data measurement techniques|
|3.10||Explanation of the effects of any restatements|
|3.11||Significant changes from previous reporting period|
|GRI content index|
|3.12||Table identifying location of disclosure||10|
|3.13||Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance of the report||10|
|4.Governance, commitments and engagement|
|4.1||Governance structure including committees||1||Implement effective and maintain ethical business, practices and sound systems of corporate governance||,|
|4.2||Independence of the chair|
|4.3||Independence of Board|
|4.4||Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the board|
|4.5||Linkage between compensation and performance||,|
|4.6||Process to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided||, ,|
|4.7||Process for determining qualifications of the board|
|4.8||Internally developed relevant statements of mission or principles|
|4.9||Procedure for risk identification and compliance||,|
|4.10||Process for evaluating board’s own performance||,|
|Commitments to external initiatives|
|4.11||Explanation of use precautionary approach||4||Implement risk management strategies based on valid data and sound science||7||Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges||,|
|4.12||Externally developed charters, principles and other initiatives endorsed|
|4.13||Memberships of associations and advocacy bodies||10||Implement effective and transparent engagement, communication and independently verified reporting arrangements with out stakeholders|
|4.14||List of stakeholders||10||Implement effective and transparent engagement, communication and independently verified reporting arrangements with out stakeholders||,|
|4.15||Basis of identification of stakeholders|
|4.16||Approaches to stakeholder engagement|
|4.17||Key topics and concerns of stakeholders|
|Economic performance indicators|
|Aspect: Economic performance|
|Management approach||9||Contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of the community in which we operate||,|
|Aspect: Economic performance|
|EC1||Direct economic value generated and distributed||9||Contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of the community in which we operate|
|EC2||Financial implications and risks due to climate change||4||Implement risk management strategies based on validation and sound science|
|EC3||Coverage of the organisation's defined benefit plan obligations||10|
|EC4||Significant financial assistance from government|
|EC5||Ratio of standard entry level wage compared to local minimum wage at significant areas of operation|
|MM1||Identify those sites where the local economic contribution and development impact is of particular significance and interest to stakeholders and outline policies with respect to assessing this contribution||9||Contribute to the social, economic and insitutional development of the community in which we operate||,|
|MM2||Value added disaggregated by country||,|
|Aspect: Market presence|
|EC6||Policy, practices and proportions of spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation||9||Contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of the community in which we operate|
|EC7||Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation|
|Aspect: Indirect economic impacts|
|EC8||Development and Impact of infrastructure investments and services provided for public benefit||9|
|Environmental performance indicators|
|Management approach||8||Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility|
|EN1||Weight of materials used||6||Seek continual improvement of our environmental performance||8||Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility||,|
|EN2||Percentage of materials used that are recycled||,|
|EN3||Direct energy consumption by primary source||6||Seek continual improvement of our environmental performance||8||Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility||,|
|EN4||Indirect energy consumption by primary source||,|
|EN8||Total water withdrawal||6||Seek continual improvement of our environmental performance||,|
|EN11||Location and size of land owned, leased or managed in, or adjacent to protected areas||7||Contribute to conservation of biodiversity and integrated approaches to land use planning||Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility||,|
|EN12||Description of significant impacts of activities, products and services on biodiversity and protected areas of high biodiversity value outside of protected areas||,|
|Aspect: Emissions, effluents and waste|
|EN16||Total direct and indirect GHG emissions by weight||6||Seek continual improvement of our environmental performance||8||Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility||,|
|EN17||Other relevant indirect GHG emissions by weight||,|
|EN19||Emissions of ozone depleting substances by weight||,|
|EN20||NOx, Sox and other significant air emissions by weight||,|
|EN21||Total water discharge by quality and destination||,|
|EN22||Total weight of waste by type and disposal method||,|
|EN23||Total number and volume of significant spills|
|Aspect: Products and services|
|EN26||Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products||8||Facilitate and encourage responsible product design, use, re-use, recycling and disposal||8||Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility|
|EN27||Percentage of products sold that is reclaimed at the end of the products’ useful life by product category||,|
|EN28||Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations||6||Seek continual improvement of our environmental performance||8||Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility||,|
|EN23 GRI 2002, MM supplement||Total amount of land owned, leased, and managed for production activities or extractive use. Total land disturbed and unrehabilitated, newly mined and rehabilitated land||7||Contribute to conservation of biodiversity and integrated approaches to land use planning||8||Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility|
|MM3||The number/percentage of sites identified as requiring biodiversity management plans, and the number/percentage of sites with plans in place||,|
|MM4||Percentage of product(s) derived from secondary materials. This includes both post-consumer recycled material and waste from industrial sources (e.g. new scrap from fabricators and old scrap from end of life equipment), but excludes internal recycling within the facility||8||Facilitate and encourage responsible product design, use, re-use, recycling and disposal of our products||,|
|MM5||Describe policies for assessing the eco-efficiency and sustainability attributes of products (e.g. recyclability, material use, energy use, toxicity, etc.)||,|
|MM6||Describe approach to management of overburden, rock, tailings, and sludges/ residues including assessment of risks; structural stability of storage facilities; metal leaching potential; and hazardous properties||6||Seek continual improvement of our environmental performance||,|
|Social performance indicators|
|Labour practices and decent work|
|Aspect: Employment||9||Contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of the communities in which we operate|
|LA1||Total workforce by employment type, contract and region|
|LA2||Total number and rate of employee turnover by age group, gender|
|LA3||Benefits provided to full time employees|
|Aspect: Labour/management relations|
|LA4||Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements||3||Uphold fundamental human rights and respect cultures and values in dealings with employees and others who are affected by our activities|
|LA5||Minimum notice period and consultation and negotiation practices with employees and/or their representatives regarding operational changes|
|Aspect: Occupational health and safety|
|5||Seek continual improvement of our health and safety performance|
|LA6||Percentage of workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational safety programmes|
|LA7||Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days and absenteeism, and total number of work related fatalities by region|
|LA8||Education, training, counselling, prevention and risk control programmes in place to assist workforce members, their families or community members regarding serious disease||5||Seek continual improvement of our health and safety performance|
|LA9||Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions|
|MM12||Describe approach to identifying, preparing for, and responding to emergency situations affecting employees, communities, or the environment. Include a description of the nature of existing skills, teams who respond to emergency situations, training, drills, review processes and community involvement.|
|MM13||Number of new cases of occupational disease by type. Describe programmes to prevent occupational disease.|
|Aspect: Training and education|
|LA10||Average hours of training per year per employee per category||9||Contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of the communities in which we operate|
|LA11||Programmes for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings||,|
|LA12||Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews|
|Aspect: Diversity and equal opportunity|
|LA13||Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity||1||Implement and maintain ethical business practices and sound systems of corporate governance||,|
|LA14||Ratio of basic salary of men to women by employee category||,|
|Aspect: Investment and procurement practices|
|HR1||Percentage and total number of significant investments and agreements that include human rights screening||3||Uphold fundamental human rights and respect cultures and values in dealings with employees and others who are affected by our activities||6||Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation|
|HR2||Percentage of significant suppliers that have undergone screening on human rights and actions taken|
|HR3||Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained|
|Aspect: Non discrimination|
|HR4||Total number of incidents of discrimination and actions taken||3||Uphold fundamental human rights and respect cultures and values in dealings with employees and others who are affected by our activities||6||Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation|
|Aspect: Freedom of association and collective bargaining|
|HR5||Operations identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at significant risk, and actions taken to support these rights||3||3||Uphold freedom of association and recognition of right to collective bargaining|
|Aspect: Child labour|
|HR6||Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labour||3||5||Uphold abolition of child labour|
|Aspect: Forced and compulsory labour|
|HR7||Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labour, and measures taken to contribute to the elimination of forced or compulsory labour.||3||4||Eliminate all forms of forced and compulsory labour|
|Aspect: Security practices|
|HR8||Percentage of security personnel trained in the organisation’s policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations||3|
|Aspect: Indigenous rights|
|HR9||Total number of incidents or violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken||3|
|SO1||Nature, scope and effectiveness of any programmes and practices that assess and manage the impacts of operations on communities including entering, operating and exiting||2||Integrate sustainable development considerations within the corporate decision-making process|
|SO2||Percentage and total number of business units analysed for risks related to corruption||1||Implement and maintain ethical business practices and sound systems of corporate governance|
|SO3||Percentage of employees trained in organisation’s anti-corruption policies and procedures|
|SO4||Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption|
|Aspect: Public policy|
|SO5||Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying||10|
|SO6||Total value of financial and in-kind contributions to political parties, politicians and related institutions.|
|Aspect: Anti-competitive behaviour|
|SO7||Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behaviour, anti-trust and monopoly practices and their outcomes||10|
|SO8||Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary compliance with laws and regulations||10|
|MM11||Describe process for identifying local communities’ land and customary rights, including those of indigenous peoples, and grievance mechanisms used to resolve any disputes||3||1 and 2||Support and respect protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and ensure they are not complicit in human rights abuses|
|MM7||Describe significant incidents affecting communities during the reporting period, and grievance mechanisms used to resolve the incidents and their outcomes|
|MM8||Describe programmes in which the reporting organisation has been involved that addressed artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) within company areas of operation||3||1 and 2||Support and respect protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and ensure they are not complicity in human rights abuses|
|MM9||Describe resettlement policies and activities: identify sites where resettlements took place and the number of households resettled in each; and include practices regarding resettlement and compensation, and the degree of alignment with the World Bank Operational Directive on Involuntary Resettlement|
|MM10||Number of percentage of operations with closure plans, covering social – including labour transition – environmental and economic aspects. Describe company policy, stakeholder engagement processes, frequency of plan review, and amount and type of financial provisions for closure||2||Integrate sustainable development considerations within the corporate decision-making process||,|
|Aspect: Customer health and safety|
|PR1||Life cycle stages in which health and safety impacts of products and services are assessed for improvement, and percentage of significant products and services categories subject to such procedures||9||Encourage development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technology|
|Aspect: Product and service labelling|
|PR3||Procedures for product and service information and labelling|
|Aspect: Marketing and communications|
|PR6||Programmes of adherence to laws, standards and voluntary codes related to marketing communications, including advertising, promotion and sponsorship|
|PR9||Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services|
Additional indicators are shaded
AngloGold Ashanti Annual Report 2007 – Report to Society