Barrick Gold Receives Towards Sustainable Mining Leadership Award
OTTAWA, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - During its annual Mining Day on the Hill, The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is presenting its 2010 Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Awards, recognizing Canadian mining facilities that have demonstrated
excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
2010 TSM Award recipients include Barrick Gold Corporation, De Beers Canada Inc., Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., Iron Ore Company of Canada, Syncrude Canada Ltd., Teck Resources Limited, and Xstrata. Facilities owned by these companies demonstrated performance
excellence in a number of categories:
Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
Crisis Management Planning.
TSM performance categories for 2011 onwards will also include:
Aboriginal and Community Outreach (replacing the External Outreach
Biodiversity Conservation Management.
Safety and Health.
TSM was developed by MAC in 2004 to improve the mining industry's
performance by helping companies to manage their corporate
responsibilities for social and environmental sustainability. The
industry has adopted a common set of measurable sustainability
guidelines and performance indicators that provide a way for the sector
to find common ground with communities of interest in order to build a
better mining industry, today and in the future.
Participation in TSM is a condition of membership in MAC; the
association requires members to report against performance indicators
annually. TSM Awards are presented each year to MAC member companies
that have had externally verified results that meet or exceed a ranking
BARRICK GOLD'S HEMLO OPERATION: RECIPIENT OF A TSM LEADERSHIP AWARD
This year, Barrick Gold's Hemlo operation in Northern Ontario is the
recipient of a special TSM Leadership Award, given to recognize mining operations that meet or exceed an "A"
ranking across all TSM performance categories. These results are
independently audited and Hemlo is only the second operation to win
such an award since 2006.
While Hemlo's scores reflect leadership across all TSM categories,
external outreach is a critical part of the operation's - and Barrick's
- ongoing commitment to responsible mining. Hemlo works with a wide
range of communities of interest, including two First Nations, three
municipalities and a national park. The operation regularly engages in
meaningful and transparent dialogue with stakeholders, and holds site
update meetings at least three times annually. Hemlo partners with
local organizations and institutions on programs to benefit the region
and organizes Student Mining Days, which bring mining information and
technology to area schools.
The mine has developed constructive relationships with the Pic River and
Pic Mobert communities and has established Socio-Economic Agreements to
bring opportunities associated with the operation to its First Nations
neighbours. The Agreements provide for skills training for present and
future mining opportunities, through a partnership with Confederation
College, as well as support for the development of First Nations-led
businesses and involvement in environmental monitoring and stewardship.
Today, about 10 percent of Hemlo's workforce comes from local
"While our industry's economic contribution to Canada is clear, the
progress that's been made to strengthen the credibility and reputation
of the sector beyond the balance sheet is significant. This year's TSM
award winners all have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to
responsible and sustainable development and are great examples of our
industry's commitment to sustainable mining."
Pierre Gratton, MAC's President and Chief Executive Officer
"Barrick is only the second company to win a Leadership Award since the
TSM Awards were inaugurated in 2006. The management and staff at
Barrick's Hemlo facility are to be congratulated on operating a
facility that Canada's mining industry can hold up as an example of
sustainable mining excellence."
Pierre Gratton, MAC's President and CEO
"Whether in Canada or abroad, Barrick strives to meet high standards for
corporate social responsibility. By meeting these standards and
proactively engaging with local communities and stakeholders, we are
able to maintain strong support for our operations. We are very proud
to see our Hemlo operation recognized as a leader in responsible mining
by Canada's mining industry, and congratulate everyone involved in this
Kelvin Dushnisky, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs
"We are honoured to be receiving this special award. At Hemlo, we place
great value on our relationships with First Nations, local communities
and on environmental stewardship."
Roger Souckey, Superintendent of Employee Relations at Hemlo
The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is the trusted national voice of
Canada's mining and mineral processing industry. Since 1935, MAC has
supported and promoted the mining industry providing leadership,
sharing resources and continuing to build, strengthen and engage the
industry through advocacy, stewardship and collaboration. The
Association places a high priority on corporate social responsibility,
and through initiatives like "Towards Sustainable Mining" addresses
issues surrounding sustainability and governing policies in a
collaborative, progressive way. For more information about the Mining
Association of Canada, please visit www.mining.ca
Image with caption: "The David Bell mine is an underground mine at Barrick Gold's Hemlo property, located approximately 350 kilometres east of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Williams and David Bell mines share milling, processing and tailings facilities at Hemlo. (CNW Group/Mining Association of Canada (MAC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111122_C7935_PHOTO_EN_7027.jpg
Image with caption: "The Williams mine is an underground and open pit mine at Barrick Gold's Hemlo property, located approximately 350 kilometres east of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Williams and David Bell mines share milling, processing and tailings facilities at Hemlo. (CNW Group/Mining Association of Canada (MAC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111122_C7935_PHOTO_EN_7038.jpg
Image with caption: "One of Barrick Gold's progressive rehabilitated sites at Hemlo, planted in 2006. The David Bell mine head frame is in the background. (CNW Group/Mining Association of Canada (MAC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111122_C7935_PHOTO_EN_7031.jpg
SOURCE Mining Association of Canada (MAC)
For further information:
Paul Hebert (MAC)
(613) 233-9392, ext 325
Andy Lloyd (Barrick)