About this report

Report assurance

For the 2014 Sustainable Development report we again engaged an external assurance service provider to undertake assurance of our compliance with the guidelines of the G4 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Sustainable Development Principles of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and to verify that our report content accurately communicates:

  • Material sustainable development risks and opportunities and the views and expectations of our stakeholders;
  • The existence and status of implementation of systems and approaches that the company is using to manage material sustainable development risks and opportunities;
  • Performance against a number of key performance indicators chosen for reporting which reflect the issues which are material for the business.

In addition to reliance on external assurance, our assurance approach also rests on scrutiny of this report and of our ongoing sustainability performance by AngloGold Ashanti’s Group Internal Audit team. Group Internal Audit conducted an audit of our 2014 sustainable development reporting in terms of the Group Internal Audit Charter as approved by the company’s Audit and Risk Committee. The audit was performed in accordance with the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Audit. Internal assurance includes a programme of combined assurance assessments, including site visits and reviews, undertaken during the course of the year. These assessments determine the validity, accuracy and completeness of the relevant GRI indicators in our reports, together with various data transfer and integrity checks. This 2014 Sustainable Development Report was approved by the Board of Directors on 19 March 2015.

Assured key performance indicators

Key performance indicators covered by external assurance in 2014

GRI indicator numberGRI indicator description External assurance level
Safety and health

Number of cases of occupational disease
Type of injury and rates of injury (including Injury Severity Rate) and number of work- related fatalities by region and gender

Non-GRI indicatorNumber of new malaria cases and Malaria Lost Time Injury Frequency rate (MLTIFR) Reasonable
Environmental stewardship
MM6Number and description of significant disputes relating to land use, customary rights of local communities and indigenous peoples Limited
G4-EN8Total water withdrawal by source Reasonable
G4-EN10Water recycled and used Limited
G4-EN3Energy consumption within the organisation (fuel consumption from non-renewable and renewable fuels and electricity purchased) Reasonable
G4-EN11Operational sites owned, leased, managed in or adjacent to protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas Limited
G4-EN13Habitats protected or restored Limited
G4-EN15Total direct greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1) Reasonable
G4-EN16Total indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 2) Reasonable
G4-EN22Total water discharge by quality and destination Reasonable
G4-EN23Total weight of waste by type and disposal method Limited
G4-EN24Total number and volume of significant spills Reasonable
G4-EN29Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations Limited
MM1Amount of land (owned or managed, disturbed or rehabilitated) Limited
MM3Total amounts of overburden, rock, tailings and sludges and their associated risks Reasonable
MM9 Sites where resettlement took place, including number of households resettled in each, and how their livelihoods were  affected in the process Limited
Closure and rehabilitation
MM10Number of operations with closure plans Reasonable
Respecting human rights
G4-HR7Percentage of security personnel trained in the organisation’s policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations Reasonable
G4-HR8Total number of incidents or violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken Reasonable
G4-HR9Percentage and total number of operations that have been subject to human rights reviews and/or impact assessments Reasonable
G4 HR10/G4-LA14Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using labour practices, human rights impacts criteria Reasonable
G4-HR12/SO11Number of grievances about human rights impacts and impacts on society filed, addressed and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms Limited
Engaging with stakeholders for mutual benefit
G4-11Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements  
G4-LA8Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions Limited
G4-SO5Minimum notice period for operational changes Reasonable
G4-LA4Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements Limited
Implementing our business strategy through people
G4-LA10Programmes for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist in managing career endings Reasonable

Direct Economic Value Generated and Distributed:

  • Community investment (CSI)
  • Payment to government in terms of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Principles (royalties and taxes only)
G4-SO3Total number and percentage of operations assessed for risks related to corruption and the significant risks identified Limited
G4-EC6Proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation Reasonable
G4-EC9Proportion of spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation (only data from Brazil and South Africa is being assured in 2014) Reasonable
Ethics and anti-corruption (included in report section ‘Approach to anti-corruption’)
G4-SO8Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations Limited
G4-SO3Total number and percentage of operations assessed for risks related to corruption and the significant risks identified Limited
Boundaries and scope