- 2014 Performance
- Future Focus
The natural physical location of ore bodies often results in unavoidable disturbances of land used for livelihoods, or occupied by households and communities. When resettlement is unavoidable, we aim to conduct resettlement activities in a manner that prevents adverse impacts on livelihoods and cultures and minimizes reputational and financial risk to Newmont.
Our commitment to assess and address the rights and needs of landowners and local communities prior to any activities involving land acquisition and resettlement is stated in our Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement Policy. Supporting this commitment is our Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement Standard, which sets the minimum requirements for activities that require relocation of communities and homes or disruption of livelihoods.
Our approach is aligned with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 5, which states that the first objective is to avoid resettlement. And when alternatives are not available, we work to meet the standard’s requirements to ensure affected people and communities are engaged; adverse impacts are minimized; and livelihoods and living conditions are restored or improved.
To minimize risk and foster trust and mutual respect, for projects where physical or economic displacement is unavoidable, sites must collaborate with local communities to develop a resettlement action plan (RAP) that addresses the impacts of physical displacement, and/or a livelihood action plan (LAP) to address the economic impacts.
Sites are required to regularly monitor and evaluate RAPs and LAPs and annually conduct audits by qualified external experts to ensure activities are meeting the needs of affected persons.
Artisanal Small-Scale Mining
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is estimated to provide income to more than 100 million people around the world. While legal frameworks allow for responsible ASM operations, many ASM activities are illegal and use mining methods that pose significant health, safety and environmental risks, both for the miners and for the surrounding communities. In addition, the relationship between large-scale miners, such as Newmont, and ASM operators has often been characterized by conflict when they operate in close proximity.
Our Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement Policy includes our commitment to work with appropriate government, community and other stakeholders in a manner that respects human rights and livelihoods – and promotes improved conditions – where ASM or related activities take place in our operating areas.
We often collaborate with international experts and organizations, as well as national and local governments, to help legitimize ASM and improve safety and environmental protections. We also work with governments to identify land in our licenses to set aside for responsible, legal ASM. Currently, ASM activities take place on or near three (representing 25 percent) of our operations – Batu Hijau in Indonesia and Ahafo and Akyem in Ghana – and our Merian project in Suriname.
In Indonesia, small-scale mining activities have been identified near our Elang exploration site. No formal engagements have occurred at this time.
At our two operations in Ghana and our project in Suriname, we have relinquished land for legal, responsible small-scale mining.