Responsible Mining

Social Responsibility

Driven by our Company values and commitment to operate with fairness, respect, transparency, and accountability, B2Gold seeks to build a trust-based relationship with local stakeholders. We strongly believe that it is our responsibility to share benefits and to leave a positive legacy with communities that will last beyond the life of our mines, while respecting the cultures, traditions, and human rights of our host communities.

As a company that operates in areas where there is significant risk of human rights impacts related to the presence of extractive companies, we recognize our responsibility to identify our human rights risks and impacts and actively work to manage them. We respect human rights as defined in the International Bill of Human Rights. We align our practices with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and we implement the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights at all of our sites.

“The communities in which we work are crucial to our success, consequently our decisions incorporate careful consideration of people’s health and safety, environmental protection and community well-being.”

2020 Performance Highlights

  • Over $370 million spent with local suppliers
  • Updated Social Responsibility and Human Rights Policy
  • Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights (VPSHR) Risk Assessment and Training conducted at Otjikoto
  • PDAC 2021 Sustainability Award for resettlement and community development work at Fekola Mine  
  • Completion of AFECK partnership (vocational training program) and successful transfer to local municipality

Human Rights

“B2Gold has a responsibility to extract responsibly and achieves this by implementing high social, environmental, and safety standards; respecting human rights and cultural heritage; and engaging openly and respectfully with our stakeholders.”

Ken Jones, Director of Sustainability, B2Gold Corp.

Our Social Responsibility and Human Rights Policy outlines our commitment to engage openly and respectfully with stakeholders, including engagement with vulnerable groups. We respect community rights, interests, and culture, and where Indigenous Peoples are identified we work to obtain their free, prior, and informed consent. We recognize human rights as defined in the International Bill of Human Rights, and we align our approach to human rights risk management with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

B2Gold has taken a pro-active approach to human rights management by completing human rights risk assessments supported by robust training programs at all operations. In meeting our responsibility to respect human rights we are embedding human rights awareness throughout our organization.
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Community Investment

“[B2Gold’s] resettlement and development of the village of Fadougou by its Fekola Gold Mine demonstrates [its] commitment to responsible mining and to international best practice in community relations and development.”– Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, honouring B2Gold with its 2021 Sustainability Award

Mining projects provide a unique opportunity for engaging with, and contributing to, the development of host communities. As part of our socio-economic impact and legacy, one of our goals is to help build sustainable communities, with B2Gold acting as a catalyst and community members playing a lead role in their own development. We believe that working in an inclusive manner with local stakeholders, governments, and NGO partners to identify, select, and implement projects is an important factor in the success of our community development projects.
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Stakeholder Engagement

“A key for B2Gold in dealing with the upheaval caused by the pandemic is our culture and history of treating everyone that we work with – our employees, communities, and local and national authorities – with fairness, respect, accountability, and transparency, and delivering on our promises.”

Clive Johnson, President & CEO, B2Gold Corp.

B2Gold engages openly and respectfully with stakeholders to better understand actual or perceived impacts of our activities, ensure stakeholder views are considered in our operational decision-making, and build constructive and responsive relationships. Effectively engaging with stakeholders is critical to business performance as it allows a company to proactively identify and address issues, thereby lowering operational and reputational risk. Engagement is equally important to contribute to positive social and economic development when stakeholders are involved in identifying, developing and implementing programs to address community needs.
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