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Sustainability is embedded in our business activities both as a driver for long-term value creation and as a pillar of our social licence to operate.

We are investing in a future that is carbon neutral

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In 2021 we updated our Climate Change Strategy and Climate Change Vision to improve the climate resilience of our business, value chain partners and host communities, and reinforce our commitment to net zero.

We recognise decarbonisation of our energy is an essential tool in managing our climate transition risks and leveraging the opportunities presented by climate change



E Environment Read more

Energy consumption

(Efficiency: 0.52GJ/tonne treated)

GHG (CO2e) emissions

(Efficiency: 33kg/tonnes treated)

Water reused

(Efficiency: 0.79kL/tonne treated)

Land under management

3,861ha rehabilitated with total rehabilitation liabilities of $578m

Reportable environmental incidents


Society Read more

People employed on average

32,594 (includes contractors)

Salaries, wages and other benefits


Training and development


Local procurement

96% of total procurement spend with local suppliers

Community investment1


  1. Includes equity-accounted joint ventures and projects of a capital nature
  2. Includes normal taxation and withholding taxation on dividends paid per jurisdiction in which the Group operates
  3. Employee, production, property and other taxes and royalties are reported on a cash basis and exclude equity-accounted joint ventures and projects of a capital nature

G Governance Read more

Total current taxes paid2


Royalties paid3


Taxes paid on behalf of employees3



ISO 14001:2015 certification




Security and human rights
  • The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) applied
  • 99.9% of security personal trained in the organisation’s human rights policies and procedures

For further details refer to the 2022 <SR>

We are focused on climate change


    Innovative methods used to reduce emissions intensity


    Disclosure in line with TCFD Recommendations set for 2021


    Hydropower used in Kibali, Brazil; to feature strongly in Colombia


    Setting new targets; committed to charting a pathway to net zero

For further details refer to the Climate Change Report 2020/21

Environmental compliance

  • Our Group Environmental Policy, Standards and Guidelines guide our environmental activities while allowing flexibility to adapt to the varying operational, geographical, climate and regulatory contexts. Each operation’s unique set of controls is maintained through its Environmental Management System (EMS), which is ISO 14001: 2015 certified.
  • We are in material compliance with all relevant environmental legislation.

All our gold processing plants are certified to the Cyanide code with the exception of Obuasi mine. Obuasi will initiate processes for recertification once construction and ramp up to full production are achieved.

Safety & health compliance

All our operating mines are ISO 45001:2018 certified.

Human Rights

AngloGold Ashanti has a responsibility to respect human rights and, where practically possible, to leverage its position and influence to ensure that state actors, as well as our suppliers and other partners, protect human rights.

Our second annual Human Rights Report is another important step in demonstrating the ways in which we integrate a fundamental respect for human rights in how we do business.

Read our Human Rights Report 2021.

AngloGold Ashanti has released its second Modern Slavery Statement. The statement has been produced in line with the Australian government’s Modern Slavery Act 2018 and the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. AngloGold Ashanti reports against the latter on a voluntary basis.

Read our Modern Slavery Statement 2021.

Sustainability indices

We voluntarily engage with several entities that rank our sustainability/ESG performance, according to their own methodologies. These rankings are based on our ESG-related disclosures and also ESG risks and performance and provide useful external feedback on our performance and benchmarks against our peers. We are proud where we do well but are more focused and work hard on those areas highlighted for improvement. We participate and are ranked by various Sustainability Indices and ratings agencies for our ESG performance, which include the MSCI; Vigeo; and Sustainalytics, amongst others. Some of the ESG rankings are reflected below.

S&P Global

S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) (formerly SAM CSA)

S&P Global CSA enables directing reporting of key sustainability metrics and benchmarking of performance on a wide range of industry-specific ESG criteria. CSA results are not only an important resource to the financial community but also to employees, customers and critical NGOs.

In the 2021 assessment, AngloGold Ashanti was ranked number 8 out of 148 metals and mining companies that were assessed in the industry, and achieved an overall ESG rating score of 70 versus an industry average of 36.

S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment  2022
Responsible Mining Index

Responsible Mining Index

The Responsible Mining Index (RMI) assesses the extent to which large-scale mining companies address a range of economic and ESG issues across their mining activities. AngloGold Ashanti ranks 10th out of the 40 companies on its mine-site-level results, with an average score of 12% in the mine-site assessment. AngloGold Ashanti showed one of the five stronger results in Lifecycle Management and Environmental Responsibility. For the other two thematic areas, Business Conduct and Working Conditions, AngloGold Ashanti’s results are above the average achieved by the 40 companies.

AngloGold Ashanti’s relatively stronger results in the company-wide assessment reflect our establishment of formalised commitments and company-wide systems on a range of issues. The company showed evidence of continuous improvement in several areas since the RMI Report 2020, notably its new Global Supply Chain Local Procurement Update which includes supporting local suppliers through business and capacity building.

Responsible Mining Index Rating 2022


The FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series (FTSE4Good) is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong ESG practices. AngloGold Ashanti achieved an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 in 2022. This compares favourably with the average score of 2.3 for the mining industry.

Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

This index tracks the financial performance of public companies committed to disclosing their efforts to support gender equality through policy development, representation and transparency. AngloGold Ashanti has been included in the 2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equity Index (GEI) in recognition of the work being done to improve diversity and inclusion across the group. Our overall score was 60.7% compared with an average score of 67% for the mining sector.

Our highest scores were for disclosure and our pro-women branding. Opportunities exist to better our performance in others – such as our data excellence and equal pay parity scores. With the support of the board and executive committee, we are well positioned to achieve this.