Submitted by Barrick Gold Corporation
Barrick Gold Corporation has been listed on the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) - World for the first time, ranking the company as a global leader in corporate social responsibility.
Barrick is one of 33 companies to join the influential DJSI World category this year, which includes companies representing 57 industries. The company has previously been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index - North America and was included in the regional listing again this year. The selection of Barrick as a member of the DJSI World category coincides with the company's 25-year anniversary.
"There is a direct connection between Barrick's success as a gold mining company and our commitment to Responsible Mining," said Peter Kinver, Barrick Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Today our corporate social responsibility programs are bringing enduring benefits to communities where we operate, and support sustainable development and environmental stewardship on five continents. We are very pleased that the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index has ranked Barrick among the most sustainability-driven and responsible companies in the world."
Mr. Kinver credited Barrick’s employees with the new global ranking, saying it reflects company-wide efforts to meet the highest international standards for socially responsible business practices. "This achievement motivates us to continue to improve Barrick's performance and strengthen our leadership role for years to come."
Established in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is one of the world's foremost indices of corporate sustainability practices. DJSI provides asset managers with reliable and objective benchmarks of economic, social and environmental performance and is considered influential among socially responsible investors.
For more information on DJSI, please visit www.sustainability-indexes.com.
Barrick's 2007 Responsibility Report can be downloaded at www.barrick.com/corporateresponsibility. The Report is independently reviewed by Environmental Resources Management, a global provider of environmental, health, safety and social consulting services. It is developed in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative.
To subscribe to Beyond Borders, Barrick's quarterly report on Responsible Mining, visit www.barrick.com/corporateresponsibility.
Barrick's vision is to be the world's best gold company by finding, acquiring, developing and producing quality reserves in a safe, profitable and socially responsible manner.
Barrick is the gold industry leader. Based in Toronto, the company operates mines and advanced exploration and development projects on four continents. Shares are traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ABX.
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