Contributing to resilient, self-sustaining communities
We understand the influential role that mining companies can play in the development of local communities and their supporting economies and strive as far as possible to nurture harmonious relationships with host communities.
This is especially important in the context of the complex and diverse environments where we operate. The socio-economic issues most prevalent in our host communities include unemployment, low economic growth, inadequate infrastructure and lack of access to services including healthcare and education. Communities also have concerns about food and water security.
In framing our approach to social contribution, we are guided by a set of management standards that outline the philosophy, scope and application of our community development initiatives. Focus areas include:
- Enterprise and supplier development
- Localisation of employment and procurement opportunities
- Infrastructure development
- Public health initiatives
- Education and skills development
Policies and standards
- Community Relations Policy English, pdf Español, pdf Português, pdf Français, pdf
- Local Procurement Policy English, pdf
- Local Procurement Update 2021 English, pdf
- Management Standard: Artisanal and Small Scale Mining English, pdf
- Management Standard: Community Complaints and Grievances English, pdf
- Management Standard: Community Incident English, pdf
- Management Standard: Cultural Heritage and Sacred Sites English, pdf
- Management Standard: Indigenous People English, pdf
- Management Standard: Land Access and Resettlement English, pdf
- Management Standard: Land Use English, pdf
- Management Standard: Socioeconomic Contribution English, pdf
Local procurement spend
Security and human rights
2 incidents or allegations
(2020: 0 allegations)
* Excludes joint ventures and includes capitalised expenditure
Respecting human rights means we endeavour, in every way, to conduct our business without causing harm to people. Aspects of human rights cut across our entire business and are applicable to every stage of the mine lifecycle.
AngloGold Ashanti played an active role in the development of the United Nations Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights, and we 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.
Security and human rights
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 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.
Policies and standards
- Global security policy English, pdf Español, pdf Português, pdf Français, pdf
- Human rights policy statement English, pdf
- Human Rights Report 2020 English, pdf
- Management Standard: Group Security Risk Management English, pdf
- Management Standard: Human Rights Due Diligence English, pdf
- Management Standard: Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights English, pdf
- Modern Slavery Statement 2020 English, pdf
- Voluntary Principles Plenary Report 2020 English, pdf
The rights of indigenous peoples
We engage and align with communities, including indigenous peoples.
Embedded in our values is understanding and respect for the values, traditions, and cultures of the local and Indigenous Communities in which we operate. Although only our operations in Australia are close to indigenous communities, AngloGold Ashanti seeks to ensure that our interactions with Indigenous Peoples are in keeping with the basic human rights and their social, economic and environmental interests. We are guided by our human rights framework and the Indigenous Peoples Management Standard which aligns with international standards and conventions including the ICMM Position Statement on Indigenous Peoples and the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 7 on Indigenous Peoples.
The principles of free, prior, informed consent are therefore largely applied in all our interactions with host communities and indigenous peoples, focusing on good faith negotiation. In addition, our Cultural Heritage and Sacred Sites Management Standard supports our focus on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. We contribute through various programmes aimed at providing opportunities for participation in employment, education, gender equality, inclusive procurement, among others.
Geita builds essential high schools in Tanzania
In the second half of 2021, Bugando and Kamena Secondary Schools, the first government high schools in Tanzania’s Geita District, admitted their first cohort of form five students for the 2021/2022 academic year.
Transformation fund supports businesses in Colombia
At AngloGold Ashanti’s Quebradona project in Colombia, Comfenalco Antioquia and the Pro Jericó Foundation came together at the end of 2020 to offer soft loans to entrepreneurs and small business owners. The project is called the Productive Transformation Fund and is designed to support the launch and growth of small businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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.