Responsible Mining

Environmental Responsibility

B2Gold’s commitment to environmental stewardship translates to the efficient use of natural resources, minimizing the impact on, and conserving the quality of, the natural environment in areas where we operate.

B2Gold’s operations span a diverse range of ecosystems across multiple continents, from the subtropical and semi-arid savannah/shrubland of west and southern Africa to the tropical forests of the Philippines. Our Environmental and Biodiversity Policy addresses the key environmental risks our business faces and our commitments in these areas.

“In many aspects, we are encouraged to find ways to go beyond compliance. We have identified and embraced opportunities for ESG innovation. It is this creative approach that ignites us.”

Clive Johnson, President & CEO, B2Gold Corp.

2021 Performance Highlights

  • Updated our Climate Risk Management Strategy and completion of an inaugural Climate Strategy Report
  • Completion of a Water Risk Statement
  • Commenced operation of the Fekola hybrid solar plant
  • 9.5% of total electricity consumed was from renewable sources
  • No fines or sanctions

Energy & Climate Change

“B2Gold is one of several companies showcased by the World Gold Council as industry leaders already taking advantage of opportunities to reduce emissions through renewable energy solutions.”
Gold and climate change – Current and future impacts, World Gold Council research paper
(published October 2019)

B2Gold recognizes that society, including business, must act against climate change and we are implementing a series of changes within the Company as a key aspect of our Environmental Strategic Plan.

In 2021, B2Gold updated our strategy for managing climate risk and in February 2022 we published our first Climate Strategy Report. This report details our governance and oversight of our strategy, explains our risk management approach, and presents a preliminary assessment of climate scenarios and prioritized climate risks
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Water

“Water is a valuable resource - reliable and sustainable water sources are vital to our operations and to local communities.”

Clean and reliable water supplies are vital for the growing human population and for the health of the environment. These water sources are also fundamental to the success of our operations, including mining and ore processing activities. As water is critical to our business, we recognize the need to use water efficiently, protect water resources, and collaborate with stakeholders to effectively manage this shared resource.

B2Gold acknowledges that access to clean and reliable water supplies is a human right and a requirement for priority biodiversity values. Access to these water sources is also fundamental to the success of our operations, and we recognize the need to use water efficiently, protect water resources, and collaborate with stakeholders to effectively manage this shared resource.
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Biodiversity

“The extraction of a resource from the ground can be used to effect positive change, and to finance creative solutions to pressing challenges like diminishing biodiversity, climate change, and the threats that a fast-moving world pose to communities’ livelihoods. ”

Clive Johnson, President & CEO, B2Gold Corp.

Mining activities have the potential to impact biodiversity and to alter ecosystems, both directly and indirectly. We are committed to biodiversity conservation in our areas of influence. Our Environmental and Biodiversity Policy and Biodiversity Performance Standard guide our approach to biodiversity management. Biodiversity and ecosystem considerations are included in ESIAs, which are conducted at all our operations prior to their construction. Where impacts to priority biodiversity values are identified, operations must develop, implement, communicate, and adhere to a Biodiversity Action and/or Management Plan.
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Planning For Mine Closure

“B2Gold is taking responsibility to ensure our legacies will bring opportunities for future generations.”

B2Gold applies an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to mine closure and transition, with an awareness of the need to plan for the social and environmental changes that may occur while also ensuring the safety of communities. Our goal is to exercise integrated mine lifecycle planning, to reduce closure risks and liabilities, and to create value for the business and our stakeholders.
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