About This Report
We at New Gold are proud to present this, our fifth annual Sustainability Report. This is a comprehensive summary of our policies and practices, and major achievements in health and safety, environmental protection and community engagement and development during the 2012 calendar year. The scope of this report includes the assets illustrated in the map of our properties, as well as our office in Mexico City, head offices in Toronto and Vancouver, and our exploration office located in Denver.
This report does not emphasize corporate economic performance, which is reported elsewhere; as a public company, our financial results are audited annually and reported on a regular basis. Our Management’s Discussion and Analysis and the Annual Financial Review are available on our website at www.newgold.com and on the Canadian System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com.
Each New Gold operation follows company-wide principles and commitments regarding social responsibility, ethical behaviour and responsible actions. They also have their own policies and procedures, and work within local regulations. The mining operations each produce their own annual Sustainability Report. These reports are available on our website.
There have been no significant changes regarding size, structure or ownership of New Gold since the publication of our last Sustainability Report on May 1, 2012.
Meeting a Global Standard for Social Responsibility Reporting
This report seeks to meet the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Level B standard (self-declared). The GRI is an independent institution that sets voluntary guidelines for sustainability reporting. We believe that adhering to their guidelines demonstrates our commitment to transparency, clarity and comparability in reporting.
In 2012, we published a GRI Level B (self-declared) report for the first time. This effort was supported by the expertise and third-party validation of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, a non-profit, member-led, globally recognized organization for corporate social responsibility. This year, we are building on our experience from 2012 and strive to report to the same GRI level, with one additional GRI Performance Indicator. This report includes 32 GRI 3.1 Performance Indicators, including four GRI Mining and Metals Sector Supplement indicators. See the GRI Index for the specific GRI Performance Indicators and where the relevant information may be found.
An internal assurance review process verifies that the data reported by the mine sites for GRI indicators is accurate, consistent and in accordance with the standards set out in the GRI 3.1 Guidelines. We have not sought external assurance of this report. Figures have not been externally audited.
Engaging with Our Stakeholders
This report is written for a wide range of stakeholders, including all of the individuals and groups who have or believe they have a direct interest in the decisions about our operations that may affect them. We produce this report to provide a balanced review of our 2012 social responsibility performance to New Gold employees and their families, contractors, Aboriginal or Indigenous peoples, mining community members, suppliers, environmental organizations, governments, the financial community, the media, shareholders, bondholders and rate holders.
To identify and engage with our stakeholders, New Gold sites apply various techniques, including stakeholder mapping and analysis and engagement activities. At the corporate level, we also engage with stakeholders through international organizations and initiatives, joint development partners, and industry associations. We seek to identify how people and organizations are affected by our activities, and to understand and address their concerns and interests. We maintain open dialogue with individuals and groups who express an interest in our work.
We invite comments and suggestions about our approach to social responsibility and the content of this report at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Identifying Material Issues
In a Sustainability Report, it is essential that we identify and discuss the material issues—issues of greatest interest to our stakeholders and our Company. We apply a systematic process to identify material issues through meetings and other stakeholder engagement activities at the sites, feedback mechanisms, media review and engagement with industry associations and other organizations.
Through these means, issues of interest were identified in the areas of Environmental Management, Health and Safety Performance, Community Engagement and Development, and Indigenous Peoples. We have aimed to address all topics that are identified as material, and to continue engaging with stakeholders to update the list of topics for future reports and to assist us in designing and implementing initiatives aimed at continuous improvement in these areas.
The United Nations Global Compact
Human Rights – Businesses should:
- support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, and
- make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
- uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining,
- eliminate all forms of forced and compulsory labour,
- abolish effectively child labour, and
- eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
- support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges,
- undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and
- encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
- work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Labour – Businesses should:
Environment – Businesses are asked to:
Anti-Corruption – Businesses should: