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This report seeks to present comprehensive and detailed information on AngloGold Ashanti’s sustainable development performance from operations within our reporting boundary. The material issues discussed give a balanced and comprehensive view of the critical areas of concern for the business and its stakeholders.

The Sustainable Development Report 2015 was approved by the Board of Directors, and Social, Ethics and Sustainability committee and has been externally assured by Ernst & Young.

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Material issues

The sustainable development challenges we face are framed by our material issues. Viewing sustainable development challenges within this context brings key response areas into focus and allows us to achieve and maintain the social licence to operate that enables business success.

Strategy for sustainable development

Our group sustainable development strategy aims to identify the actions required to contribute to AngloGold Ashanti’s business competitiveness, to secure our social licence to operate, and ultimately to support the company’s success.

Our strategy is dynamic and adaptive, taking into account developments in the key parameters which define the strategic landscape in the jurisdictions in which we operate.

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<SDR>Strategy for sustainable development
  • Understanding the challenge

  • Sustainable development value proposition

  • Guiding principles

  • Turning strategy into action

External charters

AngloGold Ashanti subscribes to a number of 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 below.

Mining industry standards
  • International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
  • International Cyanide Management Code Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
  • ICMI
  • World Gold Council's Conflict-Free Gold Standard (WGC CFGS)
Global initiatives
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
  • Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR)
  • Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
Global Reporting Initiative

The GRI content index is presented in PDF format below in line with the G4 guidelines, including GRI’s G4 Mining and Metals Sector Supplement (MMSS), to which AngloGold Ashanti has reported ‘in accordance’ with the Core option.

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Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR)

AngloGold Ashanti subscribes to the VPSHR. These are a set of principles designed to guide companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within an operating framework that encourages respect for human rights.


The "International Cyanide Management Code For the Manufacture, Transport, and Use of Cyanide In the Production of Gold" (Code) was developed by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee under the guidance of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the then-International Council on Metals and the Environment (ICME).

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

The EITI is a global Standard to promote open and accountable management of natural resources. AngloGold Ashanti discloses all information on tax payments, licences, contracts, production and other key elements around resource extraction, to the EITI. This information is disclosed in an annual EITI Report (to see all EITI Reports, go to

A breakdown of payments to governments is available in this data table.

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

The Global Compact is an example of unprecedented partnerships among business, Governments, civil society and the United Nations. This voluntary international corporate citizenship network was initiated to support the participation of the private sector and other social actors. The aim is to advance responsible corporate citizenship and universal social and environmental principles to meet the challenges of globalisation. The UNGC is the world's largest corporate citizenship initiative with 4,000 stakeholders in over 100 countries.

World Gold Council Conflict-Free Gold Standard

AngloGold Ashanti uses the WGC Conflict-Free Gold standard as an important tool to ensure the gold we produce is conflict-free. AngloGold Ashanti resigned from the World Gold Council during 2014, but 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.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

CDP works to transform the way the world does business to prevent dangerous climate change and protect our natural resources. The CDP holds the largest collection globally of self-reported climate change, water and forest-risk data. Through a global system companies, investors and cities are better able to mitigate risk, capitalize on opportunities and make investment decisions that drive action towards a more sustainable world.

Reporting standards

This report is compiled in accordance with the core Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines, and serves as the company’s 2015 Communication on Progress (COP) under the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). It is also aligned with the sustainable development framework of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), of which AngloGold Ashanti is a member.