“In developing a sustainability framework for the business, a central theme was the consideration of mining and its role in society. It is increasingly important to engage with industry leaders that were not previously considered, such as meeting with the Vatican. Engagement in real dialogue will strengthen our relationships with communities. Also if we have an engaged workforce who believes that we are doing the right things, then we have the best ambassadors for the business, as employees are those most credible in society.”
Mark Cutifani, AngloGold Ashanti, Chief Executive Officer
AngloGold Ashanti, Chief Executive Officer
Mark Cutifani was appointed to the board of AngloGold Ashanti on 17 September 2007 and as Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2007. Mark has considerable experience in mining, having been associated with the industry since 1976 and has had responsibilities across six continents, mining and marketing more than 25 commodities.
On 7 January 2013, Mark resigned from AngloGold Ashanti to assume the post of Chief Executive Officer at Anglo American Plc commencing in April 2013. Until a new CEO is appointed, the executive leadership of the company will pass to Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, Chief Financial Officer, and to Tony O’Neill, Executive Vice President of Business and Technical Development.
“There are two key areas with respect to sustainability at AngloGold Ashanti. As an organisation, we have a responsibility to engage with society; engagement means that society must see us as a co-existing partner. And society must also feel that our presence makes their lives better in the jurisdictions where we operate – that is a promise that we make when we enter a jurisdiction. Sustainability is a continuously evolving discipline and to that end it requires that there is a common understanding in the organisation about the subject matter of sustainability.”
David Noko, AngloGold Ashanti, Executive Vice President: Sustainable Development
AngloGold Ashanti, Executive Vice President: Sustainable Development
David Noko joined AngloGold Ashanti on 15 June 2012 and assumed responsibility for social and sustainable development, global security, Infrastructure and development strategies, human rights and public affairs.
Prior to joining AngloGold Ashanti, David served as the Managing Director of CelaCorp (Pty) Ltd and as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. He was previously Vice President of the Chamber of Mines, South Africa, and is a member of the Institute of Directors, among a host of other directorships.
His most recent position was Deputy Chairman of the Board at Harmony Gold Mining. David has strong experience in business leadership and in the sustainable development function in other mining organisations and has developed his skills across a broad platform of environmental and sustainability issues.
David is a mechanical engineer, and has an MBA from the Harriot-Watt University. He also completed a Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School.
“The scarce skills issue presents us with an enormous challenge – however it’s a challenge that we accept, as we are committed to being proactive and to designing our own destiny: failure to do so will only mean that someone else will.”
Italia Boninelli, AngloGold Ashanti, Executive Vice President: People and Organisational Development
AngloGold Ashanti, Executive Vice President: People and Organisational Development
Italia Boninelli joined AngloGold Ashanti on 15 October 2010. Italia has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources, marketing communications, customer relationship management and business transformation, in a variety of industries including mining, manufacturing, healthcare and banking. She is a registered industrial psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
“Our strategic goals in managing the strike activity were primarily to guarantee the safety of our people and the people around our mines. Secondly during the whole process we strove to treat people with dignity and respect and we tried to ensure that we resolved the situation in such a way that we were assured of a good future relationship with our employees and communities. Following the strike action and as a consequence of signing a “Peace Accord” with all concerned parties, we now have a base to work on in order to develop a normal labour relations environment. ”
Mike O’Hare, AngloGold Ashanti, Executive Vice President: South Africa Region
AngloGold Ashanti, Executive Vice President: South Africa Region
Mike O’Hare joined Anglo American in 1977, and has held a number of positions at various gold mining operations within the group. His roles have included General Manager of Kopanang Mine (1998), Great Noligwa Mine (2003) Head of Mining and Mineral Resource Management for Underground African Mines (2006), Vice President: Technical Support for African Mines (2008), Senior Vice President: Operations and Business Planning for South Africa Region (2010). In 2011, was appointed as Executive Vice President – South Africa Region.
“Is safety really our first value? Absolutely. From the executive level to the front line, this value is embraced. We have stopped mining in certain areas in South Africa because we believe the risk is just too high. We have shut down portions of our operations when they are not fully compliant. We have shut down contractors for not operating in accordance with our values and standards. Obviously we can and will do more but, yes, the business is living up to this value.”
Michael Parker, AngloGold Ashanti, Senior Vice President: Safety and Environment
AngloGold Ashanti, AngloGold Ashanti Senior Vice President: Safety and Environment
Michael Parker joined AngloGold Ashanti on 1 July 2010. Michael has more than 20 years progressive Environmental, Health and Safety experience including domestic and international (developed and emerging) markets, on- and off-shore, heavy manufacturing, field services, and EPC construction projects. His responsibilities include compliance assurance, programme development and implementation, project management, remediation, due diligence, integration, off-shore safety, product stewardship, security and crisis management, sustainability and social responsibility.
“Moving to a global supply chain methodology ensures that AngloGold Ashanti manages the entire value chain and partners with responsible suppliers that support global environmental, safety and human rights’ standards, and enhances sustainability within the communities where we operate.”
Parker Kapp, AngloGold Ashanti, Senior Vice President - Global Supply Chain, Group Procurement
AngloGold Ashanti, Senior Vice President - Global Supply Chain, Group Procurement
Parker Kapp joined AngloGold Ashanti in September 2012. He has comprehensive experience within various roles managing the supply chain and his industry experience includes exposure to the following sectors: Financial Services, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Industrial Manufacturing (Metals), Mining & Minerals, Services (Aviation). Prior to this he was Head of Supply Chain for Philip Morris International in Australia, New Zealand and The Pacific Islands, with the following reporting areas: distribution, logistics, operations, supply chain planning, procurement and value chain innovation.
“AngloGold Ashanti’s Approach to Water Management: Access to secure water supply 24/7 is critical for mining operations. AngloGold Ashanti though, sees effective water management in a more holistic fashion, as critical to its role as a good corporate citizen, working collaboratively with governments and communities to deliver fair outcomes for all, by responsible stewardship of our precious global water resources. ”
Lyn Staib, AngloGold Ashanti, Vice President: Energy, Water and Community Infrastructure
AngloGold Ashanti, Vice President: Energy, Water and Community Infrastructure
Lyn Staib joined AngloGold Ashanti in 2009 where she assumed responsibility for the development and implementation of global energy and water strategies and assurance and policy development pertaining to global and national policy carbon mitigation and price in operational jurisdictions. Having been involved in systems planning and design development since 1976, Lyn has a wealth of experience across several continents and industries, including the regulatory environment.
“With regard to the strike activities in South Africa in 2012, it is concerning that a precedent was set where violence and intimidation led to unintended industrial action. To remedy this, the rule of law needs to be restored to ensure the long term sustainability of the mining industry.”
Gideon du Plessis, Solidarity, General Secretary
Gideon du Plessis
Solidarity, General Secretary
Gideon du Plessis joined the trade union Solidarity on 1 November 2008 as the Head of Collective Bargaining. Solidarity is part of the Solidarity Movement with a total membership of 198,000 movement members with 19 offices countrywide. He was recently promoted to the position of General Secretary reporting to the Executive Chairperson of the Solidarity Movement. Gideon’s responsibilities include the setting of strategic labour relations strategies, drafting of policies and procedures and to lead a team of 96 labour relations and labour law specialists. External responsibilities include the representation of Solidarity as the union’s principal and chief negotiator at various external collective bargaining and executive fora, as well as focusing on networking with other worker organisations locally and abroad. He recently returned from Europe where he was invited by different international labour organisations to present on the current state of the South African mining industry and reasons and consequences of the labour unrest. Previously Gideon was employed as Group Employee Relations Manager: Africa by Compass Group PLC, the biggest facility management group in the world, where he managed employee relations’ matters in South Africa and 15 other African countries. Gideon started his working career as a Constitutional Planner at the Department of Constitutional Development in March 1994. He is currently a Board Member and Trustee of the Mine Employees’ Pension Fund (MEPF)
“Mining and exploration take place in remote areas with unique and fragile biodiversity. Companies have a responsibility to manage the risks to biodiversity that their presence introduces, both directly and indirectly. But companies also have tremendous opportunities to contribute to biodiversity in a way that leaves things better off than if mining had not taken place; by conserving areas that might otherwise be under threat from other activities, by improving understanding of local species and ecosystems and by working with communities and governments on regional strategies to enhance biodiversity.”
Anne-Marie Fleury, International Council on Mining and Metals, Director, Environment
International Council on Mining and Metals, Director, Environment
Anne-Marie Fleury joined the ICMM in February 2004 and is the Director responsible for the ICMM’s environmental programme and for a number of environmental and community and social development projects. She has been with ICMM since February 2004. Previously, she was Technical Manager for the International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP) for over three years. She also worked for BHP Billiton at the Tintaya Mine in Peru as well as within the Health, Safety, Environment and Community department in Santiago, Chile. Anne-Marie was also a research fellow for the landmark Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) project. Earlier experience involved an artisanal mining study in Potosi, Bolivia.
“From an investor’s point of view AngloGold Ashanti’s sustainability and integrated reports are convincing because they provide a very meaningful and credible picture of how comprehensively the company integrates values, principles and measures in the business and also have material support processes to deal with sustainability risks and opportunities.”
Thomas Streiff, Fondation Guilé, Head of Engagement
Fondation Guilé, Head of Engagement
Thomas Streiff is partner and member of the executive board of BHP – Brugger and Partners Ltd and has a vast expertise in natural resource management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, water management and sustainable food production. He and his team are consulting and coaching private companies and public institutions at a national and international level in strategic, organisational and process-oriented matter including the design and implementation of sustainable business strategies and practices. Thomas is also CEO of The Sustainability Forum Zurich, an international, multi-stakeholder oriented think-tank for the financial sector. Earlier, he was sustainability and risk manager at Swiss Re, agricultural advisor for development and cooperation projects in East Africa and India and research assistant at the ETH Zurich, where he was promoted as Ph.D.
“The AngloGold Ashanti Technology Innovation Consortium is a ground breaking approach to developing alternative mining methods. The company’s strategy has resulted in a paradigm shift in narrow tabular mining, termed the “drill and fill” mining method. It aims to deliver improvements in safety, socio economic development, environmental sustainability and value generation. Drill and fill has required innovations in drilling and the development of a new backfill product called Ultra High Strength Backfill which will change civil construction in the mining industry.”
Nils Steward, Golder Associates, Principal Consultant, Member of the Technology Innovation Consortium
Golder Associates, Principal Consultant, Member of the Technology Innovation Consortium
Nils Steward operated as an independent consultant in South Africa involved in the transport of high solids concentration slurries as well as the development of underground structural products from metallurgical tailings such as shotcrete and concrete before joining Golder Associates. He has been involved in materials handling solutions since 1987. His mine backfilling experience began in 1990 with The Anglo American Gold and Uranium Company. His clients have included, and continue to include, many of the international mining houses and he has been active in North and South America, Africa, Europe and Australia. Most of his design life has been spent on systems operating to 3 500 m below surface. Nils has been involved with the Technology Innovation Consortium project since 2011 working specifically on the development of the Ultra High Strength backfill (UHSB), its manufacture as well as its delivery underground to ultimately below 5 000 m.
“Being a winner of AngloGold Ashanti’s AuDITION’s design competition has opened international horizons for me - on a creative and business level. The opportunity for any creative thinker to work with the top experts in the jewellery industry, with 500 grams of gold to create their vision, is a gift.”
Kristen Malan, BeJewelled, Professional Jewellery Designer/
Second place winner AuDITIONS South Africa 2011/2012
BeJewelled, Professional Jewellery Designer/
Second place winner AuDITIONS South Africa 2011/2012
Fuelled by a provocative passion for beauty and an uncanny eye for the exceptional, Kristen Malan, a professional jewellery designer, lovingly designs fine jewellery beyond all comparison. With a flair for the dramatic, the exceptional, the dazzling, she creates bespoke jewellery imbued with both the character of her clients and her own unrivalled sense of style, sophistication and elegance. Working on a strictly by-appointment basis, Kristen is more akin to a portrait painter than a designer. With a palette of precious metals, fine jewels, pearls, fossils and exquisite natural materials at her disposal, Kristen meticulously picks and arranges her jewellery design elements to achieve one-of-a-kind masterpieces; artfully conceived to exalt the forms of their intended wearers. With a highly acclaimed career in advertising, as an art director, and an illustrious string of international jewellery design awards behind her name, Kristen’s aesthetic sensibilities can only be described as classically informed and courageously innovative. Drawing inspiration from iconic eras of jewellery, Kristen’s designs bedazzle the eye and command attention wherever they are worn. With insatiable sense for adventure, Kristen scours the globe to find the perfect ingredients for her creations. A self-confessed magpie, Kristen delights in applying her discerning eyes to gem markets from Jaipur to Hong Kong, from the Americas to the Orient, from Africa to Newport, Rhode Island. Kristen, like the jewellery she designs, is unique. Her charisma and unerring desire for perfect beauty define her as the gem that she is.