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About Our 2017 Sustainability Report

Report Parameters

This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option.

Reporting Period

The Sustainability Report is an annual report; it covers the 2017 calendar year, which corresponds to Barrick’s financial year. Reference may be made in this report to an activity that occurred in 2018 if it helps to clarify a particular issue. Barrick’s previous Responsibility Reports have also been annual reports; the 2016 Responsibility Report was published in May 2017. These reports are available on the Barrick website.

Report Boundary and Limitations

This report and accompanying data tables contain information on all of our wholly owned operations and joint ventures where we are the operator, as well as on our country and corporate offices, projects and closure sites, where this was identified as a priority issue in our priorities issues assessment. We report on 100 percent of the data and significant issues from our operations and joint-venture operations where we are the operator.  As part of our commitment to transparency, we also share information as reported to us on a 100% basis from joint-ventures in which we have an interest (but do not operate), including the Porgera, Jabal Sayid, and Veladero mines and the Donlin project. Barrick totals only include sites where we are the operators, unless otherwise indicated.

We do not report on data from Acacia Mining plc (formerly African Barrick Gold). Barrick and Acacia are parties to a relationship agreement that regulates various aspects of the ongoing relationship between the two companies so that Acacia is capable of carrying on its business independently of Barrick. Consistent with this agreement, Acacia independently manages its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs and issues its own annual CSR Report. As such, since 2013, our annual Sustainability Report has not included Acacia.

Report Data

Barrick’s data is sourced from our sites using a variety of data measurement techniques. Much of the information is entered directly into a global data management system. Data review occurs at the site and corporate levels.

In order to provide consistency in reporting across our global operations, for this report and on our data tables, we calculate and report greenhouse gas emissions using the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Volume 2. Numbers may vary from those reported for the same operation under that operation’s national reporting requirements.

All currency amounts in this report are expressed in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise indicated. Data are reported using the metric system.

Most data are aggregated within the report. We also publish data tables, which have five years of data, separated by each country of operation and site (where feasible). Data are often presented in two ways: as absolute data and as intensity metrics.

Defining Report Content and Ensuring Quality

In compiling this report we were guided by our Corporate Social Responsibility Charter, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) sustainable development framework and principles, the UN Global Compact 10 Principles, the World Gold Council’s Guidance on Expenditure Definitions and the GRI Standards, as well as current CSR issues and trends. Nine high-priority material issues were identified for 2017 and reported on in this report, along with other important corporate responsibility issues.

Contact Information

For additional information regarding the 2017 Responsibility Report, please contact: 
Peter Sinclair, Chief Sustainability Officer
Barrick Gold Corporation
Brookfield Place, TD Canada Trust Tower
161 Bay Street, Suite 3700
Toronto, ON M5J 2S1
Telephone: +1 416 861-9911
Toll Free (North America): 1-800-720-7415

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

Certain information contained in Barrick’s Responsibility Report, including any information as to Barrick’s strategy, projects, plans, targets or future financial or operating performance constitutes “forward-looking statements”. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “target”, “plan”, “objective”, “aspiration”, “aim”, “intend”, “goal”, “continue”, “estimate”, “potential”, “schedule”, “may”, “will”, “can”, “should”, “could” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Please click here for a summary of the significant risks and factors that could affect Barrick’s future performance and our ability to deliver on these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. All of the forward-looking statements contained in this Responsibility Report are qualified by these cautionary statements. Specific reference is made to Barrick’s most recent Form 40-F/Annual Information Form on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities for a discussion of some of the factors underlying forward-looking statements and the risks that may affect Barrick’s ability to achieve the expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements. Barrick disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.