Earlier this year Newmont became the first mining company nominated for the US State Department’s Corporate Excellence in Labor and Human Rights award. The nomination was made by the agency’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs for their annual Awards for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The ACE awards, initiated by the US State Department in 1999, recognize US companies worldwide for demonstrating leadership in responsible business practices. Newmont Ghana was nominated after emerging as a 2015 finalist at a ceremony in Accra hosted by the US Ambassador to Ghana and the American Chamber of Commerce.
In nominating Newmont Ghana for the award, the Bureau recognized our industry leading efforts for:
- Implementing the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) at the Akyem and Ahafo mines in Ghana;
- Supporting Ghana’s Ebola Preparedness Plan with funding and in-kind resources; and
- Ensuring Ghanaian-owned companies are considered for contracts through fair and transparent sourcing processes.
Newmont is a signatory to the VPSHR which was established to guide companies in providing for the safety and security of their people and assets within a framework that promotes respect for human rights.
In 2015, 452 of Newmont’s employees and business partners, along with officers from the Public Law Enforcement Agencies, participated in Newmont-led trainings on the VPSHR in Ahafo, Akyem and Accra.
In addition, Newmont Ghana has established Complaints and Grievances (C&G) centers to address community complaints and provide a process to achieve mutually acceptable remedies.
According to Paul Sowley, Newmont Africa’s Senior Director for Sustainability and External Relations,
“As an early adopter of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Framework Initiative (RAFI), we are committed to transparently reporting on our human rights performance to help ensure accountability for our leaders, employees and business partners.”