This report and its supplements form part of our stakeholder communications. We understand that communication that is balanced and accurate generates trust, and we aim to develop an approach to stakeholder engagement that supports relationships with governments and communities, as well as other stakeholders, social and business partners.
We have identified the company’s main stakeholder groups as:
- employees, their representatives and families;
- communities or individuals affected by the company’s operations;
- governments, including at national, state, provincial and district level or other relevant local and traditional authorities;
- politicians, religious leaders, civic organisations, academics and other groups with special interests;
- businesses supplying, purchasing from or otherwise dealing with the company;
- joint venture partners;
- advocacy non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and
- industry associations.
These diverse groups require different communications and engagement approaches. Refining our understanding of who our stakeholders are and how we should communicate with them is therefore challenging, but it is an area of work that we are progressing, and are approaching in a more consistent way through the development and implementation of a global engagement standard.
AngloGold Ashanti’s sustainability review panel
In 2011, we will strengthen external engagement, including on our sustainability report, through input from our independent Sustainability Review Panel. The panel will act in an advisory capacity to provide an objective and expert perspective on AngloGold Ashanti's sustainability performance and reporting and its engagement processes. The panel was convened for the first time in November 2010. It is facilitated by Simon Zadek, an independent advisor, and has five members.
Dr Muzong Kodi
Dr Ruth Mompati
Mrs Anita Roper
Ms Nisia Werneck
- Dr Muzong Kodi, who has more than 30 years’ experience in training, research and consultancy in governance, anticorruption and human rights. He is based in London as an independent consultant and is also an Associate Fellow of the Africa Programme of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, where he co-ordinates the Congo Forum.
- Mr Stephan Malherbe, chairman of Genesis Economic Consulting, the first specialist competition and regulatory economics advisory firm to be based in India, and the founder and chairman of Genesis Analytics in South Africa. Mr Malherbe has provided economic policy advice to a number of African countries at presidential level and is an internationally acknowledged expert on capital markets development.
- Dr Ruth Mompati, a South African citizen with a long involvement in issues of social justice and gender equality. Dr Mompati is currently Mayor of Naledi in the North West Province of South Africa. She has previously served as South African ambassador to Switzerland, was a member of the South African Parliament and was a member of the National Executive Council of the African National Congress (ANC).
- Mrs Anita Roper, chief executive officer of Sustainability Victoria in Australia. Previously Mrs Roper worked outside Australia for 10 years, including as director of sustainability for Alcoa in New York, where she was responsible for coordinating and integrating sustainability concepts throughout the company.
- Ms Nisia Werneck, a consultant at the Dom Cabral Foundation in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, a non-profit institution which aims to develop executives, businessmen and companies. Ms Werneck has contributed to the social and community development programmes of a range of companies and organisations, and has published extensively on the themes of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.