External charters which guide us

Global business and sustainability initiatives

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

As a signatory to the UNGC, AngloGold Ashanti produces an annual Communication on Progress. The group’s Online Sustainability Report 2014 serves as the Communication of Progress for the 2014 financial year.

Reporting against the 10 principles of the UNGC can be found in the report as shown in the table below. Additionally the group’s code of ethics and its values provide a framework for compliance with these principles.

UNGC PrincipleWhere information can be found in our reporting
Principle 1
Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
Principle 2
Businesses should make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses
Principle 3
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
Principle 4
Businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
Principle 5
Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labour
Principle 6
Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
Principle 7
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
Principle 8
Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
Principle 9
Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
Principle 10
Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery

Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR)

In May 2007, AngloGold Ashanti was formally admitted as a member of the VPSHR. The VPSHR was designed to assist and guide companies on identifying security risk, maintaining the safety and security of their operations, engaging and collaborating with state and private security forces within a framework that ensures respect for human rights.

For more detail on AngloGold Ashanti’s security policies, see the section on security and human rights in the Online Sustainability Report 2014. AngloGold Ashanti’s annual reports to the VPSHR are available on the corporate site.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

The CDP is an independent non-profit organisation holding the largest collection globally of self-reported climate change, water and forest-risk data.

AngloGold Ashanti has communicated its greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, climate change and water strategy and risks through reports to the CDP since 2007 (including reports on water since 2011). Climate change and water information are also provided in our online sustainability report 2014 in the section environmental stewardship.

The latest reports under the CDP can be accessed from the corporate site.

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