Who we are, what we do

A global gold mining company

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, AngloGold Ashanti is the third largest gold mining company in the world with a geographically diverse, world-class portfolio.

Corporate profile

From the desk
of the CEO

We have improved our sustainability compliance, grown production, reduced cost over every metric, improved our portfolio quality, and at the same time shown free cash flow. We have done all of that despite a significant fall in the gold price and without giving up long-term optionality.

Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, CEO, AngloGold Ashanti

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From the Chairperson
of the Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee

Sustainability is no longer merely a fashionable word in business. On the contrary, it is a strategic, competitive and essential core ingredient of success in all industries and the mining industry in particular. Our challenge throughout AngloGold Ashanti and the SES Committee is to be an effective custodian of our values, our people, our corporate citizenship, our ethical behaviour, stakeholder management and the maintenance of our social, political, commercial and environmental licence. We strive to embed and standardise sustainability in all our business practices, throughout its value chain from pre exploration to post closure, and in all the jurisdictions in which the company operates.

Nozipho January-Bardill, Chairperson of the Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee

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The view of our
Sustainable Development Executive Vice President

External stakeholders are requesting more engagement, more transparency and more communication. They are expecting alignment between their expectations from the company and what we prioritise.

David Noko, Executive Vice President: Sustainable Development

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Achieving sustainable returns


Supporting our strategy
for sustainable cash flow
improvements and returns.

People are the foundation of our business.
Our business must operate according to our values
if it is to remain sustainable in the long term.

icon Focus on people, safety and sustainability

We must ensure our balance sheet always
remains able to meet our core funding needs.

icon Ensure financial flexibility

All spending decisions must be thoroughly scrutinised
to ensure they are optimally structured and necessary to
fulfil our core business objective.

icon Optimise overhead, costs and
capital expenditure

We have a portfolio of assets that must be actively
managed to improve the overall mix of our production base
as we strive for a competitive valuation as a business.

Improve portfolio quality icon

While we are focused on ensuring the most efficient
day-to-day operation of our business we must keep an eye
on creating a competitive pipeline of long-term opportunities.

icon Maintain long-term optionality


At AngloGold Ashanti we seek to create sustained value for shareholders, employees and business and stakeholders by exploring, mining and marketing our products safely and responsibly. The foundation of our business strategy focuses on people, safety and sustainability.

Sustainability strategy
About this report

Presenting our performance

The AngloGold Ashanti 2014 Sustainable Development Report describes our performance and activities from 1 January to 31 December 2014.

This is AngloGold Ashanti’s 13th Sustainable Development Report (covering the period from 1 January to 31 December 2014) and forms part of our ongoing communication to stakeholders. We strive to report in a transparent and accountable way, to build trust with stakeholders, to manage their expectations, and to gain their support.

Our sustainability reporting aims to outline how and why we take the decisions we do, and to present our performance in managing economic, environmental, social and governance issues. It also aims to provide insight into future strategies for maintaining and improving performance.

2014 report suite [covers]

For the first time, we have produced our sustainable development report primarily in an online format. A summary of the report is available in pdf format. Download PDF summary report

The Sustainable Development reports should be read in conjunction with our 2014 integrated report, which is the primary report of AngloGold Ashanti.

Compliance with guidelines

External charters which guide us

We are a member of and a signatory to:

  • International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR)
  • International Cyanide Management Code
  • Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
  • United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

We are also committed to complying with the:

  • World Gold Council's Conflict-Free Gold Standard (WGC CFGS)
  • Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
  • Universal Declaration on Human Rights
  • International Bill of Human Rights
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards

This section highlights the external principles, charters and standards which are most critical from a sustainability perspective at a group level. Where relevant, links to reports produced by the group under these standards are included.

Reporting standards