Security and Human rights

We nurture positive human relationships

Respecting human rights means we endeavour, in every way, to conduct our business without causing harm to people. 

We view security as a significant contributor to business value.

Our primary security concern is the safety of people, which includes employees as well as host communities. We also take precautions to protect our assets and secure the long-term operational stability of our mines. Our most significant security challenges are where there is endemic poverty, high levels of unemployment and few opportunities for alternative livelihoods.


The AngloGold Ashanti Global Security Framework was designed to meet security needs while maintaining respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. We achieve this by removing people from risk, defining roles and establishing partnerships with communities, engaging more effectively with public and private security providers, improving the application of technology and using highly skilled and trained security personnell. We are also a signatory to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, which is recognised as international best-practice for the professional and transparent utilisation and conduct of security forces for the extraction industry.


Aspects of human rights cut across our entire business. We recognise that upholding human rights is an essential part of how we conduct our business. Our responsibility includes:


  • Respect for the resources, values, traditions and culture of local and indigenous communities;
  • Consideration for issues of land access and environmental impacts;
  • Respect for the right to livelihood;
  • Respect for human rights in post-conflict zones; and
  • Respect for people with the deployment of security forces.


We played an active role in the development of the United Nations Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights, and understand our responsibility to not only uphold the rights of individuals where our company has an impact, but also to encourage state actors to protect human rights and seek remedy for potentially affected parties.