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[PDF] Conflict-Free Gold Standard Exposure Draft March 2012

The World Gold Council Conflict Free Gold Standard provides a mechanism by which gold producers can assess the risk that their operations may contribute to armed conflict and associated serious human rights abuses...[G]old producers who are in adherence with the Standard will: Publicly commit to respecting human rights…Respect human rights at their operations and in their dealings with stakeholders…[E]nsure mine security providers have not been involved…[in]financing…armed groups involved in serious human rights abuses or breaches of international humanitarian law…Put in place controls designed to prevent their operations, agents or mine security providers from bribing or providing illegal payments, or…providing equipment to third parties…involved in armed conflict…Publicly disclose payments made to governments…Establish processes through which the public may raise concerns about the mines’ operational activities…Utilise transportation services that are not involved…with financing…armed groups involved in, serious human rights abuses…Implement due diligence procedures to ensure that any third party miners that provide gold-containing materials to their operations also comply with the principles…[member companies are African Barrick, Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, Alamos Gold Inc., AngloGold Ashanti, Barrick Gold Corporation, Buenaventura, Centerra Gold, Eldorado Gold Corporation, Franco-Nevada Corporation, Goldcorp Inc., Golden Star Resources Ltd., Gold Fields Limited, IAMGOLD Corporation, Kinross Gold Corporation, Newcrest Mining Limited, New Gold Inc., Newmont Mining Corporation, Primero Mining Corporation, Yamana Gold Inc.]

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