New Gold’s strong commitment to responsible mining is embedded in our vision statement, which is to be the leading intermediate gold miner, with a focus on safety and the environment. Our commitment to corporate social responsibility is set out in our Health, Safety, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility (HSE and CSR) Policy. The HSE and CSR Committee of the Board of Directors provides oversight of our progress and adherence to the principles of our Policy.
Health and Safety
Our business depends on the hard work of skilled and empowered employees. So it is also fundamental to our success that at the end of each work day, every employee returns home injury-free. That’s why we strive to create a culture that motivates people to keep themselves and their colleagues healthy and safe.
New Gold’s focus is on the practices and procedures that prevent accidents in the first place, and measuring employee performance in meeting these “leading indicators”. “Zero harm” must always be our ultimate goal. New Gold’s operations all had strong safety records in 2014, with a low total reportable injury frequency rate below the industry average for operations in the same regions.
In accordance with our Health and Safety Management System, safety system assessments were conducted at all operations in 2014 using a combination of internal peer review, third-party review and/or regulators’ audits. The resulting continuous improvement process recommendations are being implemented, with a particular focus on new processes to enhance the performance of the Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committees across the organization.
We recognize that our operations affect the environment and that we have an obligation to address those effects. At every New Gold site, we take a proactive risk management approach to minimize our impact and safeguard the environment.
In 2013, we established Environmental Management Standards which were fully implemented in 2014. Based on internationally recognized standards and industry best practices, our new standards comply with or exceed all applicable laws and regulations.
From early exploration, we establish baseline measurements for flora, fauna, soil, air and water. As mining operations are established, we maintain robust monitoring programs to ensure any potential impacts to the environment are understood and minimized. We have comprehensive recycling programs and strive to reduce energy and water consumption.
New Gold is a signatory of the International Cyanide Management Code, the global benchmark for safely transporting, storing and using cyanide. In 2014, the Cerro San Pedro Mine followed the Mesquite Mine in achieving certification under the International Cyanide Management Code.
Sustainable mining to us means that communities around our mines should be better off after mine closure because of the long-term benefits created by the mine during its operating lifetime.
We foster open, two-way communication with residents and community leaders, from a project’s earliest development phase, through the mine’s life and during closure. We believe that the social aspects of operations are based on dialogue with the surrounding communities; it is important to thoroughly understand the people, their needs and concerns, so that we can truly engage and contribute to long-term social, cultural and economic development.
New Gold Community Engagement and Development Management Standards guide us to identify our communities of interest, effectively engage and sustain dialogue, and report on performance. It also drives us to constantly improve our processes and our performance.
Desarrollo San Pedro Team, a grassroots entrepreneurial development organization at Cerro de San Pedro.