Effectively engaging with local communities is as important to us as any other part of the business.

Open, honest and respectful communication is essential to developing long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships. Local communities expect and deserve the opportunity to have a voice in decisions that affect them. This means having access to information about the operations, including their social, economic and environmental impacts, and access to company officials who will listen and act on community concerns. By showing respect to local stakeholders, we can facilitate permitting and approvals, promote a more stable operating environment and form lasting partnerships.

Our Approach

Barrick’s Community Relations Management System (CRMS) facilitates community engagement by providing our sites with guidance and tools on best practices so that they can build stronger relationships.

These best practices include:

  • Mapping stakeholders and assessing their priorities and concerns;
  • Establishing a culturally appropriate way for people to communicate directly to the company;
  • Developing two-way dialogue in order to build trust;
  • Providing methods for stakeholders to raise concerns and grievances; and
  • Documenting engagement activities for internal and external audiences.

As community engagement is a dynamic process, the CRMS is designed to enable sites to adjust their approach as local relationships change and evolve over the life of the mine. Assurance and verification are important parts of our approach, providing sites with feedback and opportunities for improvement.

Embedding community engagement within a corporate management system gives us confidence that we are doing our best to work with communities in a consistent, comprehensive and transparent manner everywhere we operate.

Community Participatory Mapping at Pueblo Viejo

At Barrick’s Pueblo Viejo mine in the Dominican Republic, the site Social Responsibility team worked with local community members to conduct Community Participatory Mapping (CPM) workshops. CPM engages community members in mapping out their own community, as they see it, and in analyzing for themselves how their community functions by self-identifying the boundary, community leaders, central organizations or companies, and all the elements they recognize to be part of their local area. This process helps Barrick identify items of importance that may be overlooked by traditional social studies and encourages community members to recognize that they are the experts on their own community. By participating in the exercise, the Pueblo Viejo CR team was able to better understand how important the company is for communities and how central or peripheral we are to the community´s life. We are then able to tailor our engagement and development activities in response.

In 2016, the site mapped 38 communities through the participation of more than 1,500 people, of which more than 56% were female.

Stakeholder Engagement Plans

Comprehensive stakeholder engagement throughout the life of our mines is the cornerstone to establishing and maintaining long-term community support for the company’s operations.
To help create a consistent approach across all our mine sites, Barrick’s CRMS requires all sites to develop and implement stakeholder engagement plans. These plans must, at a minimum, be based on stakeholder identification, mapping and analysis; include a clear engagement action plan outlining engagement approach and frequency; and track and document all engagement activities.

Stakeholder Identification

Stakeholder- and issues-mapping helps identify our stakeholders and their concerns and interests. A stakeholder is any person or group that has an interest in the activities of Barrick, such as local community members, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), investor groups, host governments, Barrick employees, or others. Our mining activities can create both positive and negative impacts on these stakeholders, who, in turn, can also significantly affect our business success. Identifying, categorizing, and mapping the relationships between stakeholders helps us address the issues that matter, with the people that care most about them.

Community stakeholders are identified by our local site community relations teams. Corporate and country stakeholders, including shareholders, home and host governments, academics, NGOs, Socially Responsible Investors (SRIs) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research analysts, are identified through contacts within our investor relations team and other functional groups, contacts in our industry associations, outreach by our corporate social responsibility team, and direct contact by stakeholders interested in learning more about our social, environmental, and operational performance.

Our CR teams are especially aware that engagement must be culturally appropriate and involve the whole community. For example, most of our sites explicitly document the proportion of women and men attending community meetings or visiting the offices. Based on these statistics, specific engagement programs for women may be developed.

As a company, Barrick expects all stakeholders to be consulted and informed, in a timely manner, about site activities throughout the life of a mine. For example, communities must be informed of potential social impacts of a change in the mine plan, as well as our plans to mitigate them. Sites must also have processes in place to facilitate stakeholder participation in the decisions or matters that affect them.

Continuous Engagement

By seeking open, transparent, and respectful relationships, our understanding of each other’s priorities, concerns, and interests is improved, thereby enhancing our ability to work constructively together on issues of mutual concern and interest. This puts us in a better position to contribute to what matters to our stakeholders while better managing the impacts of our activities.

We hold both regular and ad-hoc meetings in all countries with members of our host communities, local and regional governments, local NGOs, and other interested stakeholders. We also engage with non-community stakeholders – including our shareholders, international NGOs, and sustainable development research groups – through one-on-one meetings, teleconferences, participation in multi-stakeholder initiatives, and our industry associations.

Exploration & Community Engagement

Respectful engagement is critical at all stages of a mine’s operation, particularly in the initial exploration phase.  Not only does it help us receive a license to explore, it also establishes a positive relationship with the local community if mine development occurs. To this end, we have created guidance for community engagement tailored specifically for our exploration teams. Our Exploration Community Relations Guidebook provides the exploration teams with the tools and knowledge they need to engage with communities in a professional and transparent manner.

Goal 4: Quality Education

Educational Programs for Young People in the Dominican Republic

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2014 Responsibility Report

Our vision is the generation of wealth through responsible mining — wealth for our owners, our people, and the countries and communities with which we partner.

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