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Americas region

Americas region

 
Argentina1
Gold produced (000oz)* 196
% contribution to global production 4.5
No of employees 1,644
Productivity per employee (oz/TEC) 17.64
Brazil2
Gold produced (000oz)* 428
% contribution to global production 9.9
No of employees 5,164
Productivity per employee (oz/TEC) 16.52
USA3
Gold produced (000oz) 267
% contribution to global production 6.2
No of employees 581
Productivity per employee (oz/TEC) 44.31

* Attributable

The Americas region accounts for some 21% of AngloGold Ashanti’s current production from operations in Brazil, Argentina and the USA. It represents a significant area of business growth, as it includes exploration projects at the stage of advanced economic evaluation in Colombia, located at La Colosa and Gramalote. The location of these projects is shown in the map included in our country focus on Colombia.

Areas of focus in 2011 therefore included priorities relating to these operations and exploration projects:

  • Improving safety performance. Within the context of our long-term target of operating without injury, a key challenge in the region was addressing incidents with contractors.
  • Common approaches to stakeholder mapping and social risk assessment. Bringing greater consistency to these processes will allow for more effective risk assessments and engagement across the region.
  • Ensuring that sustainability aspects of prefeasibility work progressed to schedule at La Colosa. This major exploration project has the potential to contribute significantly to AngloGold Ashanti’s annual production. This work included a keen focus on environmental issues, communications, community engagement and local economic development.
  • Improving processes to ensure timely submissions of environmental permit applications. This enabled projects and expansions to advance smoothly.
  • Demonstrating AngloGold Ashanti’s commitment to being the leading mining company. For example, our Brazilian operations maintained their NBR16001 Brazilian Social Responsibility Certification, subsequent to monitoring undertaken by that organisation.

In October 2011, CC&V mine in the USA was recognised by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Voluntary Environmental Leadership Programme. CC&V received a renewed three-year certification at the “gold” or highest level within this programme, which recognises companies that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvement, together with a demonstrated track record of successful environmental management with no significant contraventions.

AngloGold Ashanti’s involvement in social responsibility demonstrates transparency, dignity and respect for their stakeholders, and makes clear that it’s not just about mining.

Fernanda Ferreira Caetano, of the Sabará Social and Economic Development Agency, at an AngloGold Ashanti stakeholder forum. Sabará is a municipality in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, which hosts AngloGold Ashanti’s Cuiabá mine.