The global spread of COVID-19 has affected all of us in one way or another and many businesses and industries are having to adapt, including the gold mining industry.
The World Gold Council is committed to working with our Members - and other industry associations, including the International Council of Mining and Metals - to respond to COVID-19 and to support the employees and communities associated with gold and gold mining.
Protecting the health and wellbeing of employees, local communities and their families is paramount to our Members. Operating safely is deeply rooted in the culture of responsible gold miners. It is for this reason that in our Responsible Gold Mining Principles, we state that responsible miners will protect and promote the safety and occupational health of their workforce above all other priorities.
The World Gold Council recognises and is proud of the role that our members play as responsible gold mining companies in supporting economic and social development in communities and countries across the world.
In many situations, mines play a central role in the provision of livelihoods, infrastructure and public services. The Covid 19 pandemic has required them to protect the wellbeing of employees, contractors and local communities.
Gold mining companies have implemented a raft of interventions to minimise the risk of employees causing transmission of the virus either within the mine or to community members. These include installation of hand-washing facilities; physical distancing and reduced workforce presence, strict isolation arrangements for workers coming on site; acquiring testing kits for mine and community clinics; shielding those with underlying health conditions that could increase their susceptibility to infection; food parcels and economic support measures for community members and close monitoring of their workforce’s health and wellbeing.