Our participation in industry initiatives, in which we often take a leadership role, enables us to inform and influence global standards and practices, as well as gain insight into emerging expectations, issues and risks. Some of the more notable ones of which we are a part include:
AngloGold Ashanti is a member of the ICMM and is committed to the 10 principles, eight position statements and performance expectations that guide member companies on continuously improving their sustainability performance. ICMM member companies commit to reporting on their sustainability performance publicly every year in line with the standards set by the GRI.
The International Cyanide Management Code (ICMI) for the manufacture, transport, and use of cyanide in the production of gold was developed by a multi-stakeholder steering committee under the guidance of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the then International Council on Metals and the Environment (ICME).
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global initiative which promotes transparent and accountable disclosure and use of revenues from natural resources. AngloGold Ashanti discloses all information in line with country-specific EITI processes and within annual country-level reports.
AngloGold Ashanti uses the WGC Conflict-Free Gold Standard as an important tool to ensure the gold we produce is conflict-free. As a member of the WGC, we support the Responsible Gold Mining Principles and commit to full compliance, assured by an independent third party, by 2022.
On 1 January 2016, the 17 SDGs of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force. These goals aim to focus efforts to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. We have mapped each of our material issues according to these goals to test their relevance to our external landscape and to societal expectations. See <SDR> 2018: Setting our 2030 aspirational goals and prioritising the SDGs.
The UNGC is an example of unprecedented partnerships among businesses, governments, civil society and the United Nations. This voluntary international corporate citizenship network was initiated to support the participation of the private sector and other social actors. Its aim is to advance responsible corporate citizenship and universal social and environmental principles to meet the challenges of globalisation. The UNGC is the world's largest corporate citizenship initiative with 4,000 stakeholders in over 100 countries.
These are a set of principles designed to guide companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within an operating framework that encourages respect for human rights. AngloGold Ashanti annually reports on its efforts to implement and promote the VPSHR.
We aspire to contribute to Agenda 2063, which is aimed at transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future by delivering on a set of seven aspirations, each with its own set of goals. Agenda 2063 encapsulates Africa’s aspirations for the future, and identifies key flagship programmes that can boost Africa’s economic growth and development and lead to the rapid transformation of the continent.
The World Economic Forum’s Mining and Metals Industry community is a high-level group of peers dedicated to ensuring thought leadership on the long-term sustainability of the industry and its value to society. AngloGold Ashanti continues to be active in the collaborative dialogue of this forum as it seeks to play its role in, among others, mitigating the impacts of climate change and integrating ESG considerations in how the industry operates and interacts with its stakeholders.
Participation in sustainability indices
We engage openly with various indices such as the FTSE Russell, the Responsible Mining Index (RMI), the RobecoSAM Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, which have rated our sustainability performance. Details of these results and the company’s performance can be found in our <IR> Integrated Report.