Although many of Barrick’s mining operations are located in uninhabited areas, other operations are on or near lands already occupied or used by other people.

While our presence near these communities can have many positive impacts, including jobs, economic activity, training and improved infrastructure, it can also carry adverse impacts that may affect the safety of surrounding communities, including increased traffic. Safety is part of Barrick’s culture, and we are committed to reducing these impacts and ensuring the safety and security of local community members and our employees.

Our Approach

Where there are significant potential risks to the safety of host communities, Barrick requires all sites to collaborate with these communities in developing a community safety program.

A community safety program identifies the activities required to mitigate all significant potential safety risks, including, at a minimum, those related to road safety, access to emergency response and preparedness, and hazardous material transport. These programs are developed and implemented collaboratively with local external stakeholders, including the local community. In addition, obligations for community safety are often included in permitting and regulatory requirements.

Barrick’s Hemlo mine has developed a partnership with the local hospital to provide stress testing for mine rescue and other personnel. The site provided financing to train a physician on the administration of the program, which not only aided the site by saving costs (previously site personnel had to travel to the distant city of Thunder Bay), but it has also supported the local health care system since the stress testing is available to all residents in the nearby community.

Safety Programs

The company has developed guidance materials that help sites and communities identify and manage together local safety risks, through the development of a community safety management plan. We have implemented these guidance materials at sites where community safety has been identified as a high risk, such as Pueblo Viejo (in the Dominican Republic), Lumwana (in Zambia), and Veladero (in Argentina).

At our Lumwana mine, where traffic has been identified as a particular concern by the community, we have developed a program with local stakeholders to provide road safety and traffic awareness classes for community members.

Fish Farming for Community Safety
At the Lumwana mine, the site identified an increase in trespass incidents into the mine site in 2016. Community members had been caught fishing from the water storage facility and tailings sediment facility. Beyond the significant safety risks inherent in pedestrians trespassing in an active mine site, the issue was also a source of community tension: activities undertaken to prevent trespassing were seen as denying community members a source of livelihood. In response, the mine site has developed a program to promote community fish farming to address the need for fish while avoiding the need to trespass. After being trained in fish farming, Barrick supported the construction of 12 demonstration ponds stocked with 3,000 fingerlings. It is expected the pilot will be ready for use in late 2017, after the fish have grown. If successful, two dams will be constructed to further expand fish farming in the community. Thus, this project will transform the community’s ability to access fish and tremendously reduce the rate of trespassing onto the mine site.

Goal 3: Good Health

Increasing Road Safety in School Zones


Some economically disadvantaged people living in developing countries choose to move closer to large-scale mining operations, attracted by economic and social incentives, such as perceived opportunities for direct or indirect employment and increased accessibility and availability of basic services. It is extremely difficult to control this influx of people. The migrant population tends to concentrate in villages or towns in the immediate vicinity of the mining operation or project, resulting in crowding and often overwhelming the capacity of services in these communities. In-migration is of special concern at the Lumwana mine in Zambia.

At the Lumwana mine in Zambia, Barrick has been working to manage and mitigate a significant influx of new people into nearby communities. Following an assessment of the drivers of in-migration, the site developed and implemented an Influx Management Plan. The plan includes a multi-stakeholder forum and capacity building for town planning; promotion of the increased presence of government and increased law and order; improved infrastructure, including access roads, water wells and functional bus stops; and the construction of a fence for the Manyama primary school. Key to these initiatives is that the plan is being implemented in partnership with the local government and local communities, and is a part of the regional government’s integrated development plan.

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2014 Responsibility Report

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