A life cycle approach
In our values we make the commitment that communities and societies in which we operate will be better off for AngloGold Ashanti having been there. This implies that, even at the exploration phase of a project, we need to take into account the fact that our mines will eventually close. The communities we leave behind need to have sustainable futures, with rehabilitation costs provided for over the lifetime of the operation, and rehabilitation work undertaken in line with our commitment to respect the environment. Communities which have hosted our operations should not suffer from degraded land, water or biodiversity as a result of the mine’s activities. AngloGold Ashanti has a large portfolio of greenfield and brownfield exploration projects. During 2010 significant efforts were made to ensure that sustainability considerations are taken into account in the management of these projects. Active community engagement is underway at many sites and issues such as health, safety and environmental management are addressed in the exploration phase of our projects.
The following core and additional indicators are reported in compliance with GRI in addition to indicators from the Mining and Metals Sector Supplement of the GRI (prefaced with ‘MM’ in the table below). In addition, where the response is applicable to the ICMM principles or the principles of the UN Global Compact, this is illustrated by their respective logos and .
Indicators that have been verified by Ernst & Young (E&Y) for 2010 are indicated with either a or a depending on whether the indicator has had limited or reasonable assurance.
|MM10||Number and percentage of operations with closure plans.|