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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 people.

While our presence near 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 people.

Where there are significant potential risks to the safety of host communities, Barrick requires its 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 external stakeholders, including the local community. Obligations for community safety are also often included in permitting and regulatory requirements.

The company has developed guidance materials that help its sites and surrounding 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) and Lumwana (in Zambia).

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Fish farming in Zambia

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. In response, the mine site developed a program to promote community fish farming to address the need for fish while avoiding the need to trespass onto an active mine site.

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