Here are some highlight stories from our work in the areas of Environment, Social, Governance and Beyond the Mine.
Beyond the Mine
We remain committed to responsible mine closure at all our sites, looking beyond compliance and finding innovative ways to restore lands to pre-mining conditions and support communities as they plan for long-term economic development through closure.
Beyond New Afton Project
In 2021, New Afton launched the BNA Committee. The BNA Committee was formed to connect with employees and COI groups and collect their input around potential impacts of the anticipated closure in 2030. Membership includes one representative from SSN.
While the current anticipated mine life is 2030, New Gold continues to explore opportunities to extend the mine life. New Afton recognizes that building a comprehensive plan to reduce social impacts takes time, so this early launch will allow the BNA Committee to gather feedback and engage community to help build a plan.
This is a proactive approach and follows New Gold’s Core Values, one of which is integrity—do what is right. The BNA Committee is requesting ongoing input in the form of surveys available to employees, COI groups and the public. As of December 31, 2021, 65 percent of New Afton employees answered the survey to indicate concerns and identify future career plans. We also held a roundtable with non-profit organizations in the community who benefit from New Afton’s sponsorship and donation program.
“Our Beyond New Afton Project is meant to help minimize the negative impacts of the closure process on people and communities by collaborating early on in the process through sharing their insights and ideas in the Beyond New Afton survey,” said Korah De Walt, Indigenous Relations and Community Superintendent.
The Beyond New Afton Project is set to be completed by 2024 to complement the biophysical closure plan.
New Afton recognizes that building a comprehensive plan to reduce social impacts takes time, so this early launch will allow the BNA Committee to gather feedback and engage community to help build a plan.
CSP Declared “Cyanide-Free Site” Under the International Code for the Management
CSP is the first mine in the world to have completed the decommissioning process of its heap leach facility using cyanide under the International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) standard. ICMI announced that New Gold’s CSP site has been decommissioned in accordance with the International Cyanide Management Code, and the mine has been removed from the Cyanide Code program.
The Cyanide Code is an international, voluntary industrial program focused on the safe and environmentally responsible handling of cyanide by gold and/or silver producing companies and companies that manufacture, store and transport cyanide.
CSP was initially certified in compliance with the Cyanide Code in June 2014 and was recertified in October 2017. Now closed, the mine has been rigorously audited under the ICMI Verification Protocol by an independent, external auditor. ICMI verified that the site no longer represents any risk; therefore, the Cyanide Code is no longer applicable.
CSP’s standing as a cyanide-free site demonstrates its strong commitment to our people, local communities and the environment.