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 clearly states, “Barrick does not tolerate violations of human rights committed by its employees, affiliates, or any third parties acting on its behalf or related to any aspect of a Barrick operation.”

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 it 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. 

Our Approach

Barrick maintains a fundamental respect for the human rights of its employees and every individual and community affected by its operations. We will not tolerate violations of human rights committed by employees, affiliates, or any third parties acting on our behalf or related to any aspect of a Barrick operation.

These are our core principles and values that guide us in our decisions and activities. They are the foundation of our Code of Business Conduct and EthicsHuman Rights Policy, and Corporate Social Responsibility Charter. These principles define who we are as a company and how we do business.

We strive at all times to be consistent with leading industry standards, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

In 2005, we became a signatory to the UN Global Compact. This initiative promotes corporate citizenship by directly involving business in tackling some of the major social and environmental challenges that arise from increasing globalization. The ten principles of the Global Compact are based on internationally recognized norms and conventions in four critical areas: Human Rights, Labor Standards, the Environment, and Anti-Corruption. By signing on to the Global Compact, Barrick signaled its commitment to integrate the ten principles into its culture, strategy, and day-to-day operations. We are active participants in Global Compact Working Groups and Initiatives, and since 2013, we have been on the Board of Directors of the Global Compact Network in Canada.

As a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), we are committed to conducting business in accordance with that organization’s Sustainable Development Principles. The Principles include a commitment to “uphold fundamental human rights and respect culture, customs, and values in dealing with employees and others who are affected by our activities.” As part of this commitment, Barrick will:

  • Institute and implement appropriate policies and procedures to ensure that human rights are being fully respected;
  • Promote human rights through engagement with host governments, local communities, civil society, and our employees and contractors;
  • Engage with local stakeholders to understand the local context, mitigate the impacts of our operations and ensure human rights are respected;
  • Support the investigation and appropriate remediation for human rights violations;
  • Implement grievance mechanisms and whistleblower programs at all sites to allow effective reporting of human rights concerns, and protect all employees who report suspected human rights violations;
  • Provide culturally appropriate human rights education, training, and guidance to all relevant staff.

Barrick has an active role in the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs). After adhering for several years to the VPs, in 2010 we joined the Initiative, providing a forum for us to engage with leading NGOs, companies, and governments in areas related to security and human rights. Barrick rejoined the Steering committee in 2016.

Barrick engages Bureau Veritas and Avanzar to conduct independent assurance activities to verify that we comply with those principles.

Human Rights Policy

Our global Human Rights Policy contains the philosophical premise behind our human rights approach: that we will respect the human rights of all stakeholders impacted by our operations. It clearly states, “Barrick does not tolerate violations of human rights committed by its employees, affiliates, or any third parties acting on its behalf or related to any aspect of a Barrick operation.” This means that the Human Rights 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 It further declares that under the Policy, a human right is one recognized by the International Bill of Human Rights, and mandates adherence to the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

The Policy contains numerous specific requirements, including: training of employees and third parties; due diligence for employees, suppliers and sites; contract provisions regarding human rights; investigations of allegations; and remediation. In addition, the Policy is supported by and incorporates area-specific policies, and multiple procedures and standards. These include: the Supplier Code of Ethics (PDF), the Policy with Respect to the Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (PDF), the Security Management System (PDF), the Community Relations Management System, the Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy (PDF), the Safety and Health Management System (PDF), the Environmental Management System, as well as procedures related to reporting, escalating, and investigating human rights allegations.

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.

Voluntary Memberships, Codes, Initiatives & Partnerships

Barrick’s commitment to respect human rights encompasses a range of economic, social and environmental issues. We have adopted a number of voluntary codes and initiatives, and have become a participating member of various associations and organizations that advance a social and environmental responsibility agenda.


  • UN Global Compact (2005)
  • International Cyanide Management Code for the Manufacture, Transport and Use of Cyanide In the Production of Gold (2005)
  • Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (2006)


  • International Council on Mining & Metals – Sustainable Development Principles (2006) 
  • BSR Human Rights Working Group (2012)
  • UN Global Compact Human Rights and Labor Working Group (2013)
  • UN Global Compact Supply Chain and Sustainability Working Group (2014)
  • International Code of Conduct Association for Private Security Providers (formal observers, 2015)

Board/Steering Committee Member/Participant

  • Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative (2010)
  • Global Compact Network Canada (2013)
  • UN Global Compact Business For Peace Initiative (2013)
  • ABA Advisory Committee on Human Rights (2015)
  • Expert participant in the Centre for Excellence for Anti-Corruption (2015)


  • Transparency International – Canada (2006)
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