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TORONTO, June 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: GOLD) (TSX: ABX) today released its Report 2020 “Communication on Progress” for the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), outlining its progress towards the ten UNGC principles on human rights, labor, the environment and the fight against corruption.
Introducing the report, Barrick President and CEO Mark Bristow said the company has been a signatory to the Compact since 2005 and the principles, which are in line with Barrick’s sustainability strategy, have been incorporated into the management of all its operations.
The report, which is the first advanced-level communication on the progress of the Global Compact, details key actions Barrick is taking in 2020, including updating its climate change strategy and setting a new reduction target. 30% greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Water reporting has been aligned with the standards of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) water accounting framework. Biodiversity action plans for all operational sites should be in place by the end of this year and all these sites are now certified according to the ISO 14001: 2015 standard.
Barrick also updated its human rights policies and training and introduced new management standards aligned with the voluntary principles of the Committee of the Whole. Community development committees, representing local stakeholders, have been set up at all operational sites to select investment projects, in accordance with the company’s partnership philosophy.
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Source: Barrick Gold Company