The World Gold Council and its Members recognise the importance of human rights. The Responsible Gold Mining Principles, released in September 2019, specifically talk to Human Rights and Conflict, committing all implementing companies to respect the human rights of their workforce, affected communities and all those people with whom they interact. Conformance with the Responsible Gold Mining Principles is a requirement for membership of the World Gold Council.
There is also a specific principle on diversity and inclusion, clearly setting out the commitment to promote diversity at all levels of the company, including the representation and inclusion of historically under-represented groups.
This follows work undertaken in 2012 by the World Gold Council alongside our Members in developing the Conflict-Free Gold Standard, the first industry-led approach to setting out how to operate responsibly in areas assessed to be at risk of serious human rights concerns.
Whilst we can’t speak on behalf of individual companies, current events are concerning to everyone, including those involved in the gold industry. We and our Members firmly believe that responsible gold mining can support sustained social and economic development, address poverty and lead to a better world for everybody.
CEO, World Gold Council