Our social conduct is critical for us to maintain our social licence to operate.
The health and safety of our employees and host communities is central to our ability to operate sustainably. In helping to build livelihoods in host communities, we work with a range of stakeholders at local and national level, on projects and initiatives in the areas of health, education, infrastructure and business development, among others.
While community demands and the complexity of social challenges faced may at times be felt more acutely at mining operations in emerging economies, where the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality are most visible, the concept of shared value is relevant across all of our operating jurisdictions.
People are central to our business and we work to ensure employees feel valued and engaged. Effective talent management is key to our competitiveness and remains a critical focus.
Safety and health
The health and safety of our employees is our first priority and our primary objective is to operate the business free of injury and harm.
We want the communities and societies in which we operate to be better off for AngloGold Ashanti having been there.
Successful trial farm at Old Tailings Storage Facility at Iduapriem
The development and execution of a closure plan is intrinsic in the planning and during the operation of any AngloGold Ashanti project. Planning for closure is part of a wider development plan and until approval has been given by the relevant authorities, progress on any new operation cannot begin.
Siguiri cashew project: creating sustainable livelihoods
After extensive consultation with the community of Siguiri to address high levels of unemployment and looking at what was available as a source of income for the community, a decision was made to construct a semi-mechanised cashew processing plant.
Obuasi Mine’s Closure Consultative Committee
The key purpose of the Closure Consultative Committee (CCC) is to track the implementation of the mine’s reclamation plan, ensuring that the completion criteria contained in RSA are met.
Aqua culture project in Iduapriem to boost local fish farming industry
At AngloGold Ashanti, it is our aim to contribute to resilient, self-sustaining communities. One of the ways in which we do so at our Iduapriem mine is by developing the local fish farming industry as an alternative and sustainable source of livelihood for communities.
Autonomous drill improves safety at Tropicana
In 2020, AngloGold Ashanti rolled out a $6 million autonomous drill fleet at Tropicana mine. It’s an industry first for hard rock mining and is making working practices safer and increasing operating efficiencies.
Brazil’s sustainable partnership programme
AngloGold Ashanti has a number of partnerships in place that help us to live up to our commitment to make the communities in which we operate better off because of our presence.
COVID-19 education campaign
Throughout 2020, AngloGold Ashanti rolled out COVID-19 awareness campaigns across its operations. In partnership with a communications agency, we developed a collection of social-media friendly material in an easily accessible format that was distributed at our operations and in communities and schools.
Covid-19 response: Supporting employees and communities in Brazil
Making sure work environments were safe for employees in the face of COVID-19, was just one aspect of AngloGold Ashanti’s response to the pandemic. This video outlines the humanitarian support provided to hospitals and social partners in an effort to fight COVID-19.
CuiabÁ Safe Production Programme
Ensuring the safety and health of our employees is AngloGold Ashanti’s first value. In order to achieve this, we have a series of frameworks and guidelines that our employees adhere to every day.
Diversity and inclusion at Quebradona
An interview with Carolina Sánchez, geological engineer on the role of women in mining.
First AngloGold Ashanti global women’s forum conference
We are working to build a company where all our employees feel comfortable and valued. One of the initiatives to foster this has been the formation of the AngloGold Ashanti Global Women’s Forum.
Geita mine builds a community policing team
The establishment of the community policing team at our Geita gold mine in Tanzania fulfils a number or our sustainability objectives.
Gramalote partners with ASM
The Gramalote project in Colombia, now an equal joint venture between AngloGold Ashanti and B2Gold, is supporting a number of ASM formalisation projects. As in many areas in which AngloGold Ashanti operates, ASM has a long tradition in the area surrounding the proposed mine.
Health work goes beyond the mine fence
We know that health risk is broader than the workplace and a significant proportion of determinants of health lie beyond the mine fence. Vice President: Group Health, Dr Bafedile Chauke-Moagi outlines AngloGold Ashanti’s responsibility to protecting public health.
Helping to improve diversity and inclusion across the company
In 2019, the Global Diversity and Inclusion Framework was drafted and implemented to guide managers to achieve a truly diverse workforce.
Integrated malaria control programme
AGA-Mal sprays over a million structures annually, protecting approximately a million people from malaria, and creates ±1,300 local temporary jobs annually
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology opens an Obuasi campus
AngloGold Ashanti has helped to facilitate the development of a satellite Obuasi campus for Ghana’s renowned Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), which is headquartered in the city of Kumasi.
Our enduring legacy in South Africa
In October 2020, our South African operations transitioned to a new future with Harmony Gold. Founded in 1998, with roots reaching back to the development of South Africa’s goldfields, AngloGold Ashanti’s operations have contributed significantly to South Africa’s socio-economic development and its people over the past two decades.
Responsible sourcing programme
An interview with Lindi Maqubela, VP: Group Compliance
Silicosis and TB class action settlement
In 2019, AngloGold Ashanti was part of a historic settlement. This settlement not only brought to a close a silicosis class suit by a number of attorneys acting on behalf of former mineworkers, it also sought to address certain shortcomings in the state-run compensation system.
Strong Minds, Strong Mines
AngloGold Ashanti Australia rolled out the award-winning Strong Minds, Strong Mines (SMSM) programme across its sites in the second half of 2020 as part of its new Wellbeing@AGAA Strategy.
Tailings storage facility management in Brazil
We have engaged with concerned communities to demonstrate the effectiveness of our TSF management systems. In 2019, more the 850 people from our nearby communities participated in visits to TSFs.
The Market Garden Project in Siguiri empowers local women
In 2013, Siguiri mine conducted a socio-economic baseline study on Block 1 of its concession. Findings revealed that the host communities have large tracts of wetland conducive for agriculture. However, these agricultural lands were used only in a marginal way by a tiny proportion of the population due to the high prevalence of artisanal mining.
Tropicana implements programme to address sleep disorders
AngloGold Ashanti’s Tropicana gold mine in Australia rolled out a programme based on improving health, safety and productivity outcomes by identifying and supporting people with sleep disorders.