At times, the construction or expansion of a mine may require land acquisition and, in some cases, resettlement of local communities.

Barrick seeks to avoid resettlement whenever we can by exploring alternative project designs.

This can entail the physical displacement of people and a disruption of their livelihoods, and represents a salient risk for Barrick. Many companies, including ours, have been criticized for resettlement activities.

We recognize that poorly planned and managed land acquisition, including physical resettlement and economic displacement, can adversely impact communities and our relationships with them. When resettlement cannot be avoided, Barrick’s Community Relations teams work together with affected households, communities and host governments to manage resettlement in a manner consistent with local laws and international best practice. Effectively, responsibly, and respectfully managing the impacts and risks where displacement is unavoidable will help limit negative outcomes, help us respect human rights, and support our license to operate.

Our Approach

Our approach to resettlement is set out in our Community Relations Management System (CRMS) and Community Relations Standard. Barrick has also developed guidance for sites contemplating resettlement to help them align with best practice.

When faced with resettlement, sites are required to develop a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP). RAPs are developed with input from the affected communities and local authorities. A comprehensive RAP includes an entitlement framework, comprehensive compensation standards, livelihoods development programs, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation. These activities, complemented by continuous engagement, help us to deliver on our commitment to improve or, at least, restore the livelihoods and living standards of displaced families and communities.

Our Progress

In 2016, Barrick voluntarily supported the relocation of 40 households of Kahumuna Village by the Solwezi Municipal Council near the Lumwana mine. The municipality undertook the project to facilitate the implementation of the community’s integrated development plan (IDP). The company did not have any authority or direct control over the project.

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2014 Responsibility Report

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