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Barrick’s Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Board was formed in 2012 and acts as an external sounding board on a range of corporate responsibility issues, including community relations, sustainable development, water, energy, climate change, security and human rights.

The group currently includes Aron Cramer, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Robert Fowler and Gare Smith. John Ruggie, author of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, will serve as a Special Consultant to the Board as part of his advisory role in the CSR practice at Foley Hoag LLP.

The Advisory Board is a forum for external thought leaders to engage with senior management at Barrick in constructive discussion and lesson-sharing, providing intelligence on emerging trends, and providing practical guidance on best practice in social and environmental performance. They meet with our CEO and other senior leaders in-person twice a year.

These distinguished individuals bring diverse perspectives on the social and environmental issues and opportunities that face Barrick and the international mining industry. They will encourage and challenge the company with respect to its CSR programs and performance and help Barrick continue to deliver on its commitment to responsible mining.

Meeting Summaries

November 2013 (PDF)
April 2013 (PDF)
October 2012 (PDF)
April 2012 (PDF)

Board Members

Aron Cramer

Mr. Cramer is recognized globally as an authority on corporate responsibility by leaders in business and non-governmental organizations. As President and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), he advises senior executives at BSR's 250 member companies and other global businesses, and is regularly featured as a speaker at major events and in the media. Mr. Cramer is co-author of the book Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World, which profiles CSR strategies that drive business success. He joined BSR in 1995 as the founding director of its Business and Human Rights Program, and in 2002, he opened BSR's Paris office, where he worked until becoming President and CEO in 2004. Previously, Mr. Cramer practiced law in San Francisco and worked as a journalist at ABC News in New York.


Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Ms. Dowdeswell is President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies, an organization that provides independent, evidence-based scientific assessments that inform public policy development. She has served as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Her work as the founding President and CEO of Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization resulted in a government decision on the long term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel. As Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment Canada she was responsible for the national weather and atmospheric agency, including negotiating the Framework Convention on Climate Change. She has led public inquiries into politically sensitive issues such as Canada’s unemployment benefits program and federal water policy. Her early career included terms as Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth for the Province of Saskatchewan, university lecturer and high-school teacher. She is a Director on the Boards of several corporations and advisor to a number of Canadian and international not-for-profit organizations.


Robert Fowler

During his 38-year public service career, Mr. Fowler was the Foreign Policy Advisor to Canadian Prime Ministers Pierre Trudeau, John Turner and Brian Mulroney. He was Canada’s longest serving Ambassador to the United Nations, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Ambassador to Italy and the three Rome-Based U.N. Food Agencies, and the Personal Representative for Africa of Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper. In 2005, he chaired Prime Minister Martin’s Special Advisory Team on Sudan. Mr. Fowler retired in the fall of 2006, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In July 2008, the U.N. Secretary General appointed Mr. Fowler to be his Special Envoy to Niger. In 2011, Mr. Fowler wrote “A Season in Hell” in which he recounts his and his colleague, Louis Guay's, kidnapping by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and their 130 days of captivity in the Sahara Desert.


Gare Smith

Mr. Smith founded and chairs the corporate social responsibility practice at the law firm Foley Hoag LLP. He provides counsel on compliance programs to address labor conditions, community relations, security, indigenous rights, environmental stewardship, and the rule of law. Mr. Smith previously served as Vice President for CSR at one of the world’s most recognized clothing brands. As Senior Foreign Policy Advisor and Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, he created the first voluntary code of conduct for U.S. multinationals. He was appointed by the White House to serve as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. In that role, he helped to launch President Bill Clinton’s Model Business Principles and served as U.S. representative to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, the International Labor Organization, and the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Peoples. Mr. Smith has authored three books on codes of conduct and international human right standards which were published by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.


Special Consultant

John G. Ruggie

Mr. Ruggie is the former U.N. Secretary General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, a current Harvard professor, and recently joined Foley Hoag LLP’s Corporate Social Responsibility practice as a senior advisor. One of the premier authorities on corporate citizenship and responsibility, Mr. Ruggie served as U.N. Special Representative for Business and Human Rights from 2005-2011 with a mandate to propose measures to strengthen human rights performance of the business sector around the world. He authored the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which the U.N. Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed in 2011. In his role at Foley Hoag, Mr. Ruggie advises clients on human rights-related risk and other aspects of corporate citizenship. This includes helping multinational clients navigate the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and apply them to their global business practices. He is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an Affiliated Professor in International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School.


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