When undertaken responsibly, in conformance with the RGMPs, the gold mining sector can demonstrate significant contributions to the sustained social and economic development of those communities and countries that host gold mining operations. This can be seen through progress at the local and national level in advancing progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Gold mining companies strive to work with their host communities to turn mineral wealth into a means of advancing human development. Gold mines bring opportunities and act as an engine of economic growth, especially in poorer, more remote locations where there are often few alternative avenues for economy activity and community advancement.. Looking ahead to 2030 – the target date for the SDGs -, there is much that needs to be done, and Covid-19 has meant that making the necessary progress will require even more of a concerted effort from governments and businesses