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Working With Local Tanzanian Communities

Central to Barrick’s engagement in North Mara is the company’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the local community meaningfully benefits from our presence.

Responsible mining is a catalyst for global socio-economic development, and we strive to develop and maintain robust and transparent relationships as genuine partners with our host communities.

Our social licence to operate

Unlocking Prosperity: Twiga Joint Venture

Twiga Minerals, a joint venture between Barrick and the Government of Tanzania pioneered the establishment of a 50%-50% economic split between the Barrick entities, on the one hand, and the Tanzanian stakeholders, on the other. It is a testament to the transformative, value-creating potential of community partnerships.

Our multi-faced approach, which involves close collaboration with all key stakeholders, is designed to uplift and build sustainable, lasting communities, such as North Mara. The strategy is focused on three core pillars of local engagement:

  1. Community development
  2. Direct employment
  3. Supply chain procurement and investments

History of North Mara Gold Mine

On the Ground, Deeply Committed to the Community and Making a Difference

We have made considerable efforts to engage with the local community and reaffirm our commitment to locally led development and the primacy of partnership surrounding North Mara.

Through our community development pillar, we are focused on promoting basic human rights, including education, food, healthcare and water, which are the building blocks to a prosperous community with access to future employment opportunities (either directly or indirectly through businesses that supply the mine), as well as overall economic benefits.

Community Development as a Driving Force
  • More than $7 million spent since 2019 on:
    • Roads
    • Water and power provisions
    • Healthcare access
    • Education projects
  • Economic development and business opportunities (i.e. agribusiness) for local youth and women
  • Investment through community-led CDCs

We approach community engagement through several different methods to build robust trust-based relationships that are open and honest and put the community at the center of it. We have a team of dedicated specialists on site at North Mara that drive the on-the-ground implementation of our community strategy and plans, working to build strong relationships, ongoing dialogue and provide a direct channel for all stakeholders. This team engages with community members daily, conducts formal community visits as well as participatory water monitoring activities, and is available to discuss how Barrick can best support community projects and proactively address any concerns. In addition, Barrick’s senior leadership, including our CEO, engage and meet quarterly directly in-person with the 11 local Village Chairpersons, who are the voice of the broader community, to transparently communicate our long-term plans for the mine.

As part of our engagement strategy, the Mine also has an accessible grievance resolution mechanism covering all 11 neighboring villages to North Mara. The Mine has set up anonymous toll-free phone lines, landlines and notice boards in each village to promote transparency and open communications. North Mara has not received any human rights-related grievances since 2019.

As with all our mines, a Community Development Committee (CDC), which is our community development partnership model, has been established at North Mara. It is made up of a diverse array of local leaders and community representatives, including women, youths and other representative groups, ensuring all perspectives are valued equally. North Mara management is represented on the CDC, but only in an advisory and governance capacity. The primary purpose of the CDC is to identify, prioritise, invest and execute projects that will help support community development that is most critical.

Key CDC Initiatives

Since 2019, the Mine has embarked on a transformative journey and through the CDCs has invested over $7 million in local community development projects surrounding North Mara. Initiatives include:

Initiatives include:

  • Revitalizing local healthcare facilities with improved infrastructure by building and renovating classrooms, teachers’ house, pediatric and maternal wards, laboratories, pharmacy buildings and more.
  • Supporting 21 business groups in Tarime with seed money through the Matongo Agribusiness incubator program. The program has helped these businesses forge partnerships with North Mara’s caterer AKO to supply fresh produce to the mine and surrounding businesses. The landmark project now provides direct jobs and horticultural training and technical skills to over 50 youths and 300 women in the local area, and has generated over $28,000 in total sales for the companies
  • Partnering with the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) in Tarime to rebuild the 300,000-liter Tailings Storage Facility at North Mara to provide reliable, potable water to over 35,000 people in the four surrounding villages, with plans to extend the project to another seven villages in the area

In addition to the CDC investments, the following significant investment commitments have also been made:

  • Committing $30 million to funding local education, including sponsoring the construction of 1,090 seminar rooms and 1,640 ablution blocks at Tanzanian schools
  • Constructing nearly 3 kilometers of easily accessible tarmac road, linking four neighboring villages together, with a future $40 million commitment dedicated to improving the road between Kahama and Kakola
  • Delivering comprehensive Human Rights and Gender-Based Violence Community Awareness training, all aligning with international standards and obligations

Prioritizing Local Direct Employment

Having a local, well-trained workforce at North Mara is not just the right thing to do, it also helps people living in the community directly benefit from the mine’s presence and provides a direct and indirect source of jobs close to home.

2,923 Total Workforce Jobs
  • 96% of employees are host nationals
  • 64% of management team are host nationals, including the North Mara General Manager—the first host national GM in the mine’s operating history
  • 98% of contractors’ employees are host nationals
  • 46% of employees are from local communities around North Mara
    • 25% increase in local employment since 2019
  • World-class training and mentorship programs to support skilled and technical roles

The Mine works to identify top talent in the surrounding communities and to provide these community members with world-class training and mentorship programs to help them grow and develop into leaders. With a strong local workforce, we are also able to address our industry’s longstanding issue of retention.

Localized Procurement & Investment

Procurement and supply chain is where we can have the most profound influence on change.

Not only through socio-economically directly, but keeping these activities localized means more tax generated in-country and those tax proceeds are then invested back into the communities throughout Tanzania. We prioritize sourcing local goods, services and jobs to facilitate the development of thriving and self-sustaining local businesses, which can be sustained for many decades. We realize that vendors from our local communities may not immediately meet the standards we expect. Rather than not use these vendors, we use this as an opportunity to develop local skills, increase capacity and improve performance. It is a strategy that takes time but has been very successful in diversifying the local economy and promoting a more positive environmental for all.

  • Over $2.8 billion in total in-country investments since 2019:
    • $259 million to employee salaries and wages
    • $1.02 billion in taxes, royalties and levies to the Tanzanian government
    • $1.43 billion towards supporting national and local suppliers
    • $134 million on dividend and other loan repayments
  • A total of 172 local and regional suppliers (200% increase compared to 2019)
  • Roughly $83 million procurement spend on local and regional suppliers (66% increase compared to 2021)

Mine, Village and People Safety Commitments

Safety is the bedrock of Barrick’s business. Our vision is that every person (employees and contractors) goes home safe and healthy, every single day. We have engaged in honest reflections and discussions across all levels of our organization, especially at North Mara, to reflect on our safety initiatives. This collective effort has led to the establishment of our revamped and renamed safety program: Journey to Zero—because zero harm starts with zero fatalities.

Journey to Zero Roadmap

Journey to Zero Roadmap

Empowering our People: A Safer Tomorrow

Our Journey to Zero roadmap, which was developed collaboratively by all our regional safety teams, is marked by five progressive milestones and four focal areas for action designed to mitigate risk, manage contractor behavior and more.

At North Mara, the Journey to Zero ambition is crystal clear: ensuring the safety and well-being of every person who sets foot on site. The Mine has undertaken significant measures to implement updated safety parameters:

  • Engaging with all employees and contractors through face-to-face, in-person presentations and training sessions of our Journey to Zero Safety Roadmaps—over 5,500 workers have attended and received this training.
  • Infusing every aspect of operations at North Mara with our safety message by employing videos, posters, banners, graphics, lanyards, pocket cards, hard hat stickers and other materials underlining our updated Journey to Zero safety policies
  • Adopting the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) group standard, further emphasizing Barrick’s dedication to following international ethics best practices
Celebrating Progress: A Safer Future
  • Bulyanhulu and North Mara received first and second runner-up recognition awards in April 2023 for the Tanzanian OSHA Compliance Award, respectively. In addition, the Mines retained ISO 45001:2018 and ISO14001:2015 Safety Health and Environment (SHE) Management Systems certification.

Security is critically important to protecting the lives of employees at the North Mara Gold Mine and assets from coordinated and armed intruders. While most residents in the communities surrounding the Mine site are law-abiding, there are rogue groups of armed individuals who illegally invade the site and present a serious risk to the health and safety of personnel, contractors and local community members by disregarding safety and often invading the mine site while heavy, large scale mining equipment is being deployed. There are clear boundaries between local Private and Public security forces and an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is in place with the Tanzanian Police Force (TPF), as per international best practice and in alignment with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tanzanian Police Force

As with any police force in the world, Barrick does not, nor cannot, control, direct or supervise a government institution that is designated to provide community law and order as prescribed under our countries’ of operations respective constitutions. However, as per best practice, North Mara has implemented an MOU with public security that ensures there are clear lines of communication between the Mine and those institutions responsible for security in the surrounding areas. There are MOUs in place with public security at all of Barrick’s mines across the globe, and this is no different to North Mara.

The MOU with the Tanzanian Police Force outlines precise protocols for engagement, incident escalation and police investigations, particularly in the case of armed intrusion at the mine, and mandates TPF training requirements and adherence to international law enforcement principles. Specifically, the MOU in place with the TPF does the following:

  • Prescribes training requirements
  • Prescribes the engagement forums between the Mine and the Police
  • Requires the Police to adhere to international law enforcement principles
  • Makes clear that members of the Police cannot enter the Mine site without prior invitation from North Mara’s senior management
  • Affirms that the Police operate under their own independent chain of command—the TPF cannot direct the Mine’s private security personnel and conversely the Mine cannot direct Police members