External charters which guide us

Mining industry standards

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

As a member of the ICMM, AngloGold Ashanti is required to implement the ICMM’s Sustainable Development Framework. This includes integrating a set of 10 principles and six supporting position statements into corporate policy, as well as setting up transparent and accountable reporting practices.

The table below shows how AngloGold Ashanti’s reporting is aligned with the principles and position statements of the ICMM.

External assurance is provided against these aspects. See details of our external assurance approach as well as a copy of the external assurance statement in the section on Report assurance.

How AngloGold Ashanti’s reporting is aligned with the principles and position statements of the ICMM
ICMM principlesRelated position statementsWhere to find this information in our reporting
ICMM principle 1
Implement and maintain ethical business practices and sound systems of corporate governance. Transparency of Mineral Revenues Position Statement of July 2009
ICMM principle 2
Integrate sustainable development considerations within the corporate decision-making process. 
ICMM principle 3
Uphold fundamental human rights and respect cultures, customs and values in dealings with employees and others who are affected by our activities. Indigenous Peoples and Mining Position Statement of May 2013
ICMM principle 4
Implement risk management strategies based on valid data and sound science.

ICMM Principles for climate change policy design of June 2011

Mercury Risk Management Position Statement of February 2009

  • Achieving sustainable returns
  • >IR Managing and mitigating risks
  • Mercury may be found in gold-bearing ores in concentrations that vary significantly between locations. Mercury emissions to air of 20.6 kg were recorded during the year and these were within regulatory emissions limits.

    AngloGold Ashanti’s efforts to address mercury use by artisanal and small-scale miners (ASMs) are detailed in the report section Local socio-economic development. We give effect to our other commitments in terms of the ICMM Position Statement through active participation in ICMM’s Mercury Working Group.

ICMM principle 5
Seek continual improvement of our health and safety performance. 
ICMM principle 6
Seek continual improvement of our environmental performance.

ICMM Principles for climate change policy design of June 2011

Mercury Risk Management Position Statement of February 2009

Mining and Protected Areas Position Statement of September 2003

ICMM principle 7
Contribute to conservation of biodiversity and integrated approaches to land use planning. Mining and Protected Areas Position Statement of September 2003
ICMM principle 8
Facilitate and encourage responsible product design, use, re-use, recycling and disposal of our products. Mercury Risk Management Position Statement of February 2009
  • See disclosure against the mercury risk management position statement under principle 4
ICMM principle 9
Contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of the communities in which we operate. Mining: Partnerships for Development Position Statement of January 2010
ICMM principle 10
Implement effective and transparent engagement, communication and independently verified reporting arrangements with our stakeholders 

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

All AngloGold Ashanti payments to governments are reported, exceeding the requirements of the EITI. See a breakdown of payments to government

The International Cyanide Management Code (ICMC)

AngloGold Ashanti participated in the development of the International Cyanide Management Code and has been a signatory member since 2005. The company has established the target of achieving certification for all operations under the code. Currently 15 out of the 20 AngloGold Ashanti operations using cyanide have achieved certification.

See the table below for the current status of certification of AngloGold Ashanti’s operations, as well as actions to be taken to achieve certification for those operations which have not yet reached this goal.

Certification of AngloGold Ashanti’s operations
OperationStatusPlanned Certification Timeframe
SOUTH AFRICA REGION
Noligwa Gold PlantCertified
Kopanang Gold PlantCertified
West Gold PlantCertified
Mine Waste SolutionsNot certifiedNew operation. Certification is planned within the three-year period to 2017.
Mponeng PlantCertified
Savuka PlantCertified
CONTINENTAL AFRICA REGION
GeitaNot certifiedGap audit completed. Certification planned for 2016
ObuasiCertified
SiguiriCertified
IduapriemNot certifiedGap audit completed. Certification planned for 2016
SadiolaCertified
YatelaCertified
AUSTRALIA REGION
Sunrise Dam Certified
TropicanaNot certifiedNew operation. Certification is planned within the three-year period to 2017.
AMERICAS REGION
Cripple Creek and Victor Certified
Cerro Vanguardia Certified
Córrego do Sítio ICertified
Córrego do Sítio IINot certifiedThis is a new operation to AngloGold Ashanti. Certification is planned within the three-year period to 2017.
QueirozCertified
Mineração Serra GrandeCertified

World Gold Council Conflict-Free Gold Standard

Among other issues, securing our licence to operate means that we need to demonstrate that we have extracted gold in a manner that does not fuel conflict. We take this responsibility seriously and have adopted the World Gold Council’s Conflict-Free Gold Standard. We first reported on our conformance to this standard in 2013.

Although AngloGold Ashanti resigned from the World Gold Council during 2014, we intend to continue conforming to the standard, except that we may not always seek independent assurance of our conflict-free gold report. Much of the information contained in the report is derived from our sustainability reporting, which is subject to external assurance.

AngloGold Ashanti was in conformance with the criteria set out in the Conflict-Free Gold Standard for the reporting year ended 31 December 2014, except for the requirement for independent assurance. View our 2014 report

Section 1502 of the US Dodd-Frank Act was enacted to address the risk of the extraction of gold and other high-value minerals being used to fuel conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As AngloGold Ashanti does not hold a controlling share in any refinery processing gold from conflict areas, as defined under the Act, it is not obliged to comply with the certification mechanisms which the Act sets out.
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