Here are some highlight stories from our work in the areas of Health and Safety, Environmental, Social, and Economic.
Growth and Operational Excellence
Providing long-term sustainable value to our shareholders through responsible mining and our Sustainability Strategy is paramount to New Gold.
New Gold operations are an important part of the communities where they are located. We continually seek opportunities to invest in infrastructure improvements that increase quality of life in these locations.
In 2020, construction at the Ceremonial Roundhouse (The Roundhouse) at our Rainy River site was completed.
The Roundhouse – a heated, wheelchair accessible building – will be used as a gathering place to conduct traditional ceremonies and celebrations and share traditional knowledge. When New Gold mining operations cease, the Roundhouse will be donated to the community.
Our New Afton operation built a new Garden Horticulture facility to focus on food security, mental health support and cross organizational programming at the site. Other infrastructure investments in 2020 include community improvement and conservation projects in Cerro San Pedro.
The Roundhouse will be used as a gathering place to conduct traditional ceremonies and celebrations and share traditional knowledge.
Local and Indigenous Procurement Spend
New Gold mining operations are often located in rural settings and bring significant economic benefit to the communities in which they are located. As a result, we continually look to enhance opportunities for local procurement.
In the last year, New Gold has reviewed our local procurement practices and procedures to identify areas for improvement at both sites. We worked closely with Mining Shared Value to implement the Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism (LPRM), which provides greater transparency over our local spending. We continue to strive towards providing greater opportunities for local and Indigenous vendors to participate in our supply chain and will continue to report on our annual spend through the LPRM.