Building Our Shared Future:
Our Communities

Wherever we operate, we live our values. To New Gold, this means that while our company builds and operates mines as our core business, we strive to understand the impacts our operations may have on local communities and the opportunities that we can provide for long-term, sustainable development.

The New Gold Community Engagement and Development Standards provide guidance to our sites to identify our communities of interest, and effectively engage and sustain dialogue, and to find opportunities to contribute to long-term development within our host communities. They also drive us to monitor and continually improve our processes and performance. The standards are based on several internationally recognized principles and values. At each site, the standards are being progressively implemented to guide site-level management systems to ensure that site operations appropriately identify and engage with local communities of interest, respect human rights, identify opportunities for sustainable community investments, and maximize local hiring and contracting.

Our standards also guide our operations to adopt a consistent approach to identifying and controlling social risks and to report progress through audits and assessments. All sites are expected to have an external audit, peer audit or self-assessment annually based on an audit schedule. In 2015, we completed the first peer audit of the new standards. In 2016 we completed our first two external audits.

Scorecard 3: Community Engagement and Development

Priorities 2016 Target 2016 Performance 2017 Target
Engagement Engagement
  • Advance the implementation of the New Gold Community Engagement and Development Standard to 30%.
    • Achieved.
  • Advance the implementation of the New Gold Community Engagement and Development Standard to 100%.
  • SDG 16
Local Economic Impacts Local Economic Impacts
  • Establish a minimum of five small businesses in the communities surrounding the Cerro San Pedro Mine through the Entrepreneurial Development Program.
    • Achieved.
  • Establish an additional five small businesses in the communities surrounding the Cerro San Pedro Mine through the Entrepreneurial Development Program.
  • Provide support to 50 entrepreneurs in the communities surrounding the Cerro San Pedro Mine through the Entrepreneurial Development Program.
  • SDG 8
  • Achieved Achieved
  • Missed Not Achieved
  • Missed Partially Achieved
  • SDG = Sustainable Development Goal
Community Investments

1 Community Investments are expenditures for voluntary donations and investment of funds in the broader community where the target beneficiaries are external to the Company. These include contributions to charities and non-profits, community infrastructure development and direct costs of social programs.