We respect human rights wherever we do business and recognize the equality and dignity of the people with whom we interact every day.
Respect for our stakeholders is part of our core values, which guide us in all we do.
We believe that responsible mining and economic development can and should improve the human rights of affected stakeholders, particularly in developing regions. When done responsibly, economic development is a contributor to a broad spectrum of human rights. Through employment and local procurement, development can directly help individuals enjoy the rights to work, food, property, an adequate standard of living, adequate housing and other key human rights.
Barrick operates mines in highly diverse social, economic and political contexts, including locations where human rights may not be fully recognized or respected. Wherever we operate, we will respect the human rights of all stakeholders impacted by our operations.
Our human rights approach operates with three key principles in mind.
First, we seek to act responsibly and work to improve human rights in every location where we operate. That may be directly, through employment, creating a stable tax base, or community engagement and programs, or indirectly, by engaging with the State to fulfill its obligation to protect human rights.
Second, we acknowledge our responsibility to respect the human rights of stakeholders. We have developed a global human rights compliance program as well as management systems in salient areas that may impact human rights, which are designed to help the company, its suppliers, and others who may act in connection with its operations to meet that responsibility.
Third, where we cause or contribute to negative human rights impacts, we strive to remediate them fairly and effectively; where we are directly linked to negative human rights impacts through our value chain, we seek to consider and use our leverage to prevent or mitigate the adverse impact.
In 2015, more than 22,500 hours of human rights training
were conducted across the company.
Barrick’s Human Rights Policy contains the underlying principle behind our human rights approach:
Barrick will respect the human rights of all stakeholders impacted by our operations.
The Policy is applicable to every employee of Barrick Gold Corporation or its subsidiaries, including senior executive and financial officers, and to members of the Barrick Board of Directors. The reporting requirement of this Policy is also applicable to Barrick’s contractors and suppliers.1
To help meet our commitment, human rights considerations have been embedded into Barrick’s values, governance frameworks and corporate management systems. From supply chain and human resources to security and community relations, Barrick considers our responsibility to respect human rights throughout the business. We have developed a human rights program that is robust and comprehensive, strives to be consistent with the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs), and is tailored to the issues and circumstances in every location we operate.
1 The Policy is not applicable to Acacia or the Porgera Joint Venture, which maintain their own human rights policies, or to Jabil Sayid, and may not be applicable at other locations in which Barrick holds a significant interest but does not exercise operational control.
Barrick has put in place a human rights compliance program to operationalize our corporate policies and help us meet our commitment to respect human rights everywhere we operate.
The compliance program applies on a global basis to all of our employees and Barrick-operated sites and is grounded primarily in helping instill our corporate values at all locations at all times.
The elements of the program include training, onboarding and oversight of employees and third parties, operational due diligence, grievance mechanisms and remediation approaches, among other components. The program also incorporates aspects of salient functional unit management systems so that human rights are operationalized throughout the organization.
The program was launched in 2011 and continues to evolve and grow. During 2012 and 2013, we focused on developing a framework of strong human rights policy commitments and assessing and remediating existing negative human rights impacts. In 2014 and 2015, Barrick further decentralized its operational approach, and our program has focused on integrating human rights commitments more deeply into our day-to-day procedures and processes – across our workforce, functional departments and mine sites – with the goal of making sure that human rights responsibilities are truly “owned” on a local basis consistent with the new business model. That effort will continue in 2016 as we develop approaches to extend relevant aspects of our program to those entities in which Barrick is not the majority owner and/or operator.
In 2015, Avanzar, an independent human rights consulting organization, conducted a human rights assessment at the Pueblo Viejo mine in the Dominican Republic. This was the second human rights assessment at Pueblo Viejo.
Barrick explores and operates in diverse places in the world where security contexts may vary greatly. Given these challenges, Barrick recognizes the need for an effective security program to protect people, products, assets and reputation. The protection of people is first and foremost. However, we also produce a precious commodity –gold and our mine sites house valuable plant, equipment, vehicles, commodities and materials that must also be safeguarded.
Barrick’s security approach is deeply influenced by a respect for people and human rights, and is guided by the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (Voluntary Principles). These Principles are integrated into our Security Policy and operationalized by our Security Management System, which consists of six elements: Security Risk Assessment Process and Reviews, Information Gathering and Analysis, Alignment with International Norms, Control Frameworks, Critical Incident Management and Investigations.
More than 1,400 security personnel (100% of security employees) received dedicated, live human rights training comprising more than 10 hours of instruction in 2015.
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