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Scope and purpose of this report

The group-level Sustainability Report is a summary document which aims to cover the most significant sustainability issues for the business and its stakeholders during the financial year ended 31 December 2011. It is designed to be read together with our other public reports, our online sustainability data and other sustainability information presented on our website at www.anglogoldashanti.com/sustainability.

The content of this report has been selected on the basis of a process, described below, that includes input from various internal and external sources and takes into account issues raised in stakeholder interactions during the year and an assessment of business priorities and key business risks.

Sustainability data presented in this report and on our website covers all operations, exploration projects, joint ventures and subsidiary companies managed by AngloGold Ashanti. It therefore excludes data on the Morila mine in Mali and the Kibali project in the DRC, both of which are managed by Randgold Resources. It also excludes data on First Uranium, a gold and uranium producer in South Africa in which AngloGold Ashanti acquired a non-controlling shareholding in 2011.

In this report, we have presented a picture of how the key sustainability issues interlink in our various regional and operating contexts. We believe that focusing on these linkages will enable us to develop systemic and holistic solutions and strategies to underpin improved sustainability performance. Country-focused case studies give a more detailed presentation of the issues, the linkages between them and the strategies that have been developed in response.

Our process for developing report content

Our process for developing report content [chart]
  1. Obtain inputs from stakeholder engagement processes.
    We gather information on the issues covered in the various engagement processes that have taken place throughout the year, focusing on aspects raised frequently by core groups – employees, both directly and through organised labour representatives, shareholders, communities, governments (including regulatory bodies), investors, organised labour and media. In addition to these groups, others have indirectly influenced the content of this report. For example, the concerns of consumers in relation to responsible gold have been a factor in raising the profile of this issue in our business and reporting. This information is available at www.anglogoldashanti.com/sustainability.
  2. Compare to business priorities and risks. We cross reference the issues raised by stakeholders with the areas of business performance that have been identified as significant by the business: the six delivery targets of the business , the key themes of our sustainable development framework and the most significant risks that are identified in our group-wide risk register, see Integrated Report 2011Risk review.
  3. Review media, peer reports and commentary on previous reports made by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), together with other assessments of our reporting. Through this review we capture any additional or emerging issues that have not arisen in steps one and two of this process. For example, our 2011 media review highlighted that stakeholder engagement was the issue most frequently raised in the media as an area requiring improvement by the mining industry.
  4. Panel consultation. Prior to and during our reporting cycle we consult with our sustainability review panel, an independent advisory group, to provide input on our reporting. Their commentary is published in this report as well as a description of their mandate. See Review processes.
  5. Define report content and structure. We develop the structure and content of our report on the basis of the issues identified through this process. Feedback on our reporting is welcomed as it assists us in better defining the content of future reports. This can be submitted to sustainabilityreview@anglogoldashanti.com.