Newmont’s core values of safety, integrity, sustainability, inclusion and responsibility support our activities and manifest themselves in the behaviors of our people.
In 2016, our Ahafo and Akyem mines in Ghana helped generate over $1,000 million in economic value. With this level of contribution comes a great responsibility to ensure that we have a positive impact on the lives of people close to the mine. Our promise of responsibility – through offering leadership, having the courage to speak up and challenging the status quo – is crucial to the success of our business and the security of our operations and the people who work there.
The duty to protect human rights does not rest with governments alone. As one of the leading gold mining companies in the world, we have a responsibility to take meaningful steps to ensure that fundamental human rights are upheld at our operations, and with guidance from the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR), we are doing just that.
Established in 2000, the VPSHR is a multi-stakeholder initiative that provides governments, companies and NGOs a platform for mutual learning, joint problem solving, and building best practices on security and human rights challenges in business.
In 2015, Newmont served on the Government of Ghana’s Implementation Steering Committee to help the country – the first in Africa to join the VPSHR – implement the Voluntary Principles. Last year, the region built on the lessons learned and expanded training beyond those working in a security role. A target to train at least 60 percent of employees in management roles and 40 percent of business partner personnel was surpassed, and officers from the Ghana national police were also included in training activities.
In recognition of their work, Newmont Ghana was the first mining company to be nominated for the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Economic Affairs’ Corporate Excellence Award, which recognizes U.S.-based companies that are leaders in responsible business conduct worldwide.
Our commitment to uphold fundamental human rights is one of a number of responsibilities we have to our people, host communities and society at large. Read more about our commitment to ethics and governance in our 2016 Beyond the Mine Report.