Barrick is committed to ensuring that our employees respect human rights, including training to recognize and report human rights violations.

We are also committed to providing equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination for all our employees, to upholding the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor, and to supporting the effective abolition of child labor.

Our Approach

Barrick’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the Code), our Human Rights Policy, and our Policy with Respect to the Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, which is closely aligned with the International Labor Organization’s declaration, set the tone for the maintenance of a safe and ethical workplace at all Barrick operations and offices. We require that our work environment be free from discrimination and harassment, and we also support freedom of association, diversity in our workforce, and women’s equal role in mining. At Barrick, there is no tolerance for child labor or forced labor.

Barrick is committed to ensuring that our employees respect human rights, including training to recognize and report human rights violations.  We provide both Code and Human Rights training to our employees, and we have established a confidential Compliance Hotline and an Internet site whereby employees and suppliers can anonymously report Code violations. Along with internal procedures through which employees can notify management of potential human rights violations, employees and suppliers are also admonished to use the Compliance Hotline to report any potential human rights violations they might see or suspect.

Our Progress

  • 100% of Barrick employees receive Code of Conduct, Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Training.
  • In 2015 we implemented a Global Harassment and Violence Standard. The Standard defines workplace harassment and violence, as well as establishing and detailing the responsibilities of everyone in Barrick’s workplace(s) to maintain a workplace free from harassment and violence, and to ensure that incidents of workplace harassment and violence are investigated in a timely and equitable manner.


Barrick is committed to fair employment practices and a workplace in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate discrimination. Our Code and Human Rights Policy both cover harassment and discrimination, and require Barrick to deal fairly with employees and third parties. We believe that every individual within the company must be accorded equal treatment, and we are each responsible for ensuring that the workplace is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

The company expects that all relationships among employees in the workplace will be professional and free of bias and harassment. We are committed to promoting equal opportunity in the workplace and ensuring all people – both employees and potential employees – are treated based on their merit. Merit is the basis upon which decisions affecting employment and career development are made. The fundamental criteria for career advancement are work performance, qualifications, competence, abilities, skills, knowledge and experience relevant to the job.

Any employee, supervisor or manager who is found, after appropriate investigation, to have engaged in unlawful discrimination, victimization, or harassment of another employee will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which, depending on the circumstances, may include dismissal. In all cases, the action will be designed to avoid repetition of the conduct.

Freedom of Association

Barrick respects the rights of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining. This includes the right of each individual employee to join a union or other labor association. We have a number of facilities around the world with unions or bargaining associations. Due to our practice of communicating regularly with these associations, we have had few significant labor relations issues involving our unions. For more information, see Labor Organizations.

Over 25% of employees are represented by
unions or collective bargaining agreements

Child Labor

Child labor is the employment of children that is economically exploitive, likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child’s education, or likely to be harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development. The legal age at which young people may work varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Barrick does not knowingly employ a person who is under the legal age of employment or where that employment would contravene the International Labor Organization’s convention for age of employment. Barrick’s minimum age for employment is 18; therefore, our hiring practices preclude child labor at our sites in all countries where we operate.

ILO Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138) sets the general minimum age for admission to employment or work at 15 years (13 for light work) and the minimum age for hazardous work at 18 (16 under certain strict conditions). It provides for the possibility of initially setting the general minimum age at 14 (12 for light work) where the economy and educational facilities are insufficiently developed.

Our most significant contributions to the effective abolition of child labor are our global investments in education, such as our partnerships with Life Education in Australia, the Public Education Foundation in Nevada, and our community infrastructure development projects that support schools, community centers and recreational areas. See Social and Economic Development for more information on our investments in the communities where we operate.

Forced Labor

Forced and compulsory labor is any work or service, not voluntarily performed, that is extracted from an individual under threat of force or penalty. This includes bonded or indentured labor, slavery or similar coerced labor arrangements. Barrick does not engage in any type of forced or compulsory labor at any of our operations or offices.


A diverse workforce encourages creativity and innovation. We draw our workforce from many countries around the world, including each country where we operate, with the result that our global workforce is extremely diverse in terms of national and ethnic backgrounds. We are also committed to the localization of our workforce. To this end, we first recruit the bulk of candidates for employment from the local and country areas near our operations before searching further afield. Over the past few years, the number of expatriates at our operations varied regionally, but globally they have totaled just less than four percent of our employees.

By bringing together women and men from diverse backgrounds and giving each person the opportunity to contribute his or her skills, experience and perspectives, we believe we are able to deliver the best solutions to our challenges.

Employees by Category

Women's Role in Mining

The workforce in the mining industry is predominantly male, and many women see this as a barrier to gaining employment in the industry. At Barrick, our focus is to employ the best person for the job. Our objective is to ensure that we are welcoming to women so that we can employ the best among a wide candidate base.

We consider men and women equally in our search for new employees, and people of either gender are encouraged to apply for employment in all job categories. Men and women employed in the same job category receive the same remuneration, according to their level of experience and length of employment. However, there may be a gender bias that is predominant in different labor categories. For example, outdoor manual labor may have a higher hourly pay than inside office workers, and there may be a bias of males in the first category and females in the second. Where this occurs, there may be a perceived gender bias in salary. This may actually reflect a gender bias in the choice of work categories rather than in the rates of pay.

Male to Female Ratio
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