Respecting and upholding human rights

Our values are underpinned by a respect for human rights and are enshrined in our Human Rights Policy. AngloGold Ashanti is committed to the UNGP and other international initiatives, including the UNGC and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR). We also work to ensure that our broader governance is human rights compliant, recognise our responsibility to respect human rights with regards to all our operations and communities, and respect the laws of the countries in which we operate.

The implementation of proper human rights due diligence (HRDD) processes underpin our commitment to the UNGP and ensure effective management of human rights risks. The implementation of our HRDD processes, which includes internal HRDD and SLO assessment tools, supports AngloGold Ashanti’s values to “uphold and promote fundamental human rights where we do business” and to “contribute to building productive, respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships in the communities in which we operate”.

The ongoing refinement of appropriate methods of redress, through a properly functioning set of grievance mechanisms, remains a priority.

AngloGold Ashanti does not condone any form of human rights abuse. If staff or contractors become aware of human rights violations or related allegations in or around our sites, they are required to take steps to ensure a proper response, including using relevant reporting mechanisms. Where allegations involve contractors or suppliers, the company is given an opportunity to respond and provide evidence against the allegations. AngloGold Ashanti will work with the company to take action, which may include termination of service and contract. AngloGold Ashanti will also, where appropriate, work with appropriate authorities to investigate allegations of human rights violations and seek resolution.

Our Human Rights Framework is based on the critical foundation of our Human Rights Policy, Human Rights Standards and Human Rights Guidance documents, which are available on our website.

The starting point for AngloGold Ashanti’s human rights work is the risk management process. Cutting across disciplines and the entire project life cycle, the human rights risk assessment process forms part of the Group enterprise risk management system. The HRDD process forms a critical part of this system.

Training and communication ensure that AngloGold Ashanti employees, contractors and suppliers, communities and governments understand what human rights are, what they mean in the context of mining, and what their responsibilities are in this regard. Awareness-raising is critical, and every employee should be able to act as an advocate and ambassador for human rights.

Central to the AngloGold Ashanti Human Rights framework are robust and credible grievance mechanisms. These operate at every level of the Company, from community liaison offices to site and Group-level tools. The speedy recording, investigation and resolution of grievances is a priority

Responsible sourcing is the central component of human rights in our supply chain. This includes modern slavery, along with how supplier and contractor employees are treated, and the supplier’s own approach to human rights. We published our first Modern Slavery Statement in 2021.

RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Our policy is in line with international standards and treaties in the area of indigenous peoples’ rights. We align with the ICMM Position Statement on Indigenous Peoples and the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 7 on Indigenous Peoples. Understanding and respecting for the values, traditions, and cultures of the local and indigenous communities in which we operate is ingrained in our values.

We strive to ensure that we always respect the human rights of indigenous people and uphold the highest levels of respect for their social, economic, and environmental concerns, guided by our Human Rights Framework and Indigenous Peoples Management Standard

As a result, the principles of free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) are widely used in our dealings with host communities and indigenous peoples, with a strong emphasis on good faith negotiations.

We have developed a strong level of trust and cooperation with the traditional owners of the land where we operate. Our commitment to indigenous peoples’ rights is also supported by our Cultural Heritage and Sacred Sites Management Standard. Six indigenous-owned enterprises in Australia continued to provide a variety of services in 2021. Carey Mining, Australia’s largest privately-owned indigenous mining and civil contractor, which has had significant ties with AngloGold Ashanti for more than two decades, remains a vital service supplier to our business.

AngloGold Ashanti has a responsibility to respect human rights and, where practically possible, to leverage its position and influence to ensure that state actors protect human rights.

Prioritised SDGs


Our performance



Indicator20212020201920182017
Number of human rights reported incidents under VPSHR00003
Number of human rights allegations under VPSHR20312
Security personnel trained in the organisations human rights policies and procedures1009999.5098.4093.50
Incidents of violations involving the rights of indigenous peoples00010
New suppliers screened (%)
Using labour practices criteria8746408031
Using human rights criteria8746407578
Using environmental criteria8746404331
Using impact on society criteria8751406831
Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labour and measures taken to effectively abolish child labour
Suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labour No suppliers has been identified as having significant risk of forced or compulsory labour across the organisation
Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labour
Suppliers having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labour No suppliers has been identified as having a risk for incidents of child labour across the organisation.
Percentage and total number of operations that have been subject to human rights reviews and/or impact assessments
  No human rights review/due diligence reviews conducted for the year under review
Significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts in the supply chain and actions
  No Significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts in the supply chain and actions were recorded