Sustainability

Our communities

We believe that mutual respect and building trust with our local communities are critical to our success.

Through our engagement and development activities we strive to deliver sustainable long-term benefits to our local communities in a way that supports and respects their rights and aspirations.

We are committed to local employment, training and supplier programs.

Our Social Performance Management Framework includes our Communities Policy, Social Performance Standard and supporting guidelines. It outlines our approach to working with communities, government and other stakeholders and affirms our commitment to developing partnerships that are mutually beneficial over the life of our projects and mines.

Our Communities Policy sets out our commitment to being a trusted sustainable development partner. Each element of our Social Performance Standard is supported by a comprehensive set of guidelines. The guidelines facilitate effective and consistent delivery across our operations and exploration projects. At our operations, standard operating procedures and other implementation plans and agreements are developed to identify and deliver on community commitments. All operations undergo periodic assurance and audit assessments.

In FY20, we established the Global Exploration and Social Cultural Heritage Guideline to effectively manage all potential social and cultural heritage impacts across each stage of the exploration process.

Community Policy

Newcrest’s Communities Policy outlines the principles that guide our engagement with communities and include:

  • Identify the cultural values, traditions and beliefs of the communities and to respect and respond to those values and belief systems
  • Be open and transparent in all dealings with communities and in describing and explaining potential social and environmental impacts that might occur
  • Commit to developing long term partnerships that are mutually beneficial over a life of mine time scale
  • Ensure that communities are fairly compensated for impacts and obtain a fair share in the benefits generated by a development
  • Work to apply internationally recognised principles of best practice in all fields of endeavour
  • Newcrest will at all times adhere to the laws and regulations of the country in which it is operating.

 All Newcrest employees, contractors and sub-contractors will be required to give effect to these policy commitments.

Human rights

Newcrest is committed to respecting the human rights of all our stakeholders and the laws of the countries in which we operate. Respect for human rights is embedded in our Human Rights Policy, Indigenous Relations Policy, Communities Policy and Security Policy, as well as in the Newcrest Code of Conduct, Social Performance Standard and Security Code of Conduct. 

Our policies and standards align with international standards, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPBHR), the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

We are also a signatory to the World Gold Council's Conflict-Free Gold Standard and report our alignment publicly on our website.

Communities Policy

Newcrest’s Communities Policy outlines the principles that guide our engagement with communities and include:

  • Identify the cultural values, traditions and beliefs of the communities and to respect and respond to those values and belief systems
  • Be open and transparent in all dealings with communities and in describing and explaining potential social and environmental impacts that might occur
  • Commit to developing long term partnerships that are mutually beneficial over a life of mine time scale
  • Ensure that communities are fairly compensated for impacts and obtain a fair share in the benefits generated by a development
  • Work to apply internationally recognised principles of best practice in all fields of endeavour
  • Newcrest will at all times adhere to the laws and regulations of the country in which it is operating.

All Newcrest employees, contractors and sub-contractors will be required to give effect to these policy commitments.

Communities approach

Newcrest has developed corporate Communities Standards to harmonise our approach to community relations and social objectives.

The standards will ensure that individual site programs are implemented in a more consistent way across Newcrest, while continuing to draw on local knowledge and practice.

Newcrest has developed community development programs at each operational site and our community relations teams are responsible for building and maintaining close relationships with the local community and relevant stakeholders.