Company Profile

Metals and Mining

Barrick Gold Corp

Total score

Total score : 28
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Transparency score
Transparency score: 33%

US$ 10.2 billion

Total aggregate sales

US$ 850 million

Average monthly sales


Number of current employees who will die from a NCDs between the ages of 30-70*

*Based on WHO Regional Comparable Estimates

US$ 54.9 million

Total spending on CSR (health and community)


Total number of employees





Employee Overlay

Probability of dying from NCDs per country/region

Wellness program

Barrick Safety and Health Management System


This program defines the company’s philosophy and requirements that ensure all Barrick locations are aligned with respect for people and business objective of safe production, to optimize employee health and well-being making a healthy workforce more productive and has less turnover, so that occupational health and wellness activities directly support the achievement of business objectives. The company has a clearly articulated vision of “Every person going home safe and healthy every day” that reflects their ultimate goal of zero incidents

Program activities:

Key aspects of Barrick’s health approach include:

  • Pre-employment process to ensure employees are fit for duty
  • Pre-employment process to ensure employees are fit for duty
  • Compliance with all health laws and regulations
  • Diligent monitoring and control of hazards
  • Health issues in the wider community that will have an impact on the workforce and business objectives

Each working site is ensured to have properly trained occupational health or medical staff and resources sufficient to address the site’s needs and comply with all company policies, local laws, rules and regulations which is reviewed annually to ensure resources meet changing needs and staff training is current.

At a minimum, the medical needs assessment and program must include:

  • mmediate first aid – key personnel will be trained and remain current in immediate life-saving procedures
  • Acute emergency care
  • Medical referral or evacuation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health and medical policies
  • Chronic illness management
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Illness disability management
  • Health facilities and resources (both on-site and off-site)
  • An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is also put in place and addresses the health and wellness needs of workers and their families, and that reflects local customs and culture.

Barrick Safety and Health Management System


Some Barrick sites have their own medical clinics to provide health service to their employees and community.

Monitoring & Evaluation/follow-up process:

  • Track all injuries and illnesses accurately in the global database Responsibility Information Management System (RIMS).
  • Audit worksites, including projects and development sites, to ensure that health hazards have been identified and appropriately addresse.
  • Conduct industrial hygiene workplace sampling based on health risks identified in the Health Risk Assessment.
  • Collect personal health data and maintain it in a confidential manner as required by the Occupational Health Records Standard.

Future goals:

The needs assessment must be documented and reviewed annually as part of the Health Risk Assessment


Barrick worldwide (North America, Australia and Papua New Guinea)

Program activities:

The program focuses on the following areas:

  • Through the company's Fit for Work program, Barrick conducts a periodic medical checks for employees who have a high risk for respiratory illness (such as employees who are frequently exposed to silica or lead);
  • Evaluate job positions within the company for physical requirements - identified the ten most physically demanding jobs, as well as those that were associated with the most sprains and strains, across each of our sites;
  • In 2011 Barrick began to develop a Fatigue Risk Management Standard (FRMS) using the science of circadian physiology. This Standard has now been implemented across the company and provides a consistent structure and approach to program
  • Barrick is currently evaluating the use of ”Wearable Wellness” technology that will provide information such as heart rate, oxygen saturation, and how well the individual may have slept the previous night;
  • Barrick has a specific training course for shift workers called Managing a Mining Lifestyle. This four-hour course focuses on personal changes a worker can make in his or her lifestyle to improve both family time and work time;
  • Through the Managing a Mining Lifestyle course and working with management teams, the company’s aim is to develop a culture where employees are comfortable reporting fatigue;
  • A biometric screening program, offered free to employees and their families, which includes on-site health check-ups and review of results, along with advice from a wellness coach, if desired. The program tries to combat such health-related issues as increased obesity and cardiovascular diseases brought on by aging and lifestyle choices, such as lack of exercise, smoking, and poor nutrition. Incentives are offered to employees to take advantage of this program, which has resulted in increased participation. The focus of the biometric program is to encourage employees to take ownership of their health, and their families’ health, before serious health issues arise;
  • HIV/AIDS and malaria remain a health problem for employees and community members in Zambia and Papua New Guinea. Barrick have programs in place, often in collaboration with NGO partners, to address these illnesses, including HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT), HIV/AIDS awareness, peer educators, anti-retroviral therapy (ART), and mosquito abatement. These programs have both on-site and community components.


One hundred percent of at-risk employees and their families (with regard to HIV/AIDS and/or malaria) are currently eligible to receive preventative initiatives or treatment. As well, 100 percent of affected employees and their families are receiving treatment, highly subsidized or free of charge.

Monitoring & Evaluation/follow-up process:

Through Barrick's Respiratory Protection Standard across the company in 2012 a periodic assurance reviews against the Standard are conducted at a minimum of every two years at each site.

Health outcome:

In 2014, through Barrick's Health and Productivity Management Program, the company completed physical demands analysis for most jobs at their mine sites. Beginning in 2015, new hires began using specific evaluation criteria to determine an employee’s ability to perform required tasks before he or she starts a job. Sites will also evaluate heavy workload jobs to see where the most demanding tasks can be eliminated.

In the same year, Barrick completed gap assessments and implementation of the Fatigue Risk Management Standard. Late in the year, the company conducted a trial of the latest wearable technology at one site in South America in order to validate the accuracy of this technology in identifying sleep quality and quantity at sea level and high altitude.

Humanistic and productivity outcome:

By 2016, all employees at mine sites or in at-risk positions will be tested upon receiving an offer of employment to ensure that they are physically capable of completing the required tasks in a safe manner.

Health screening/assessment frequency:

Barrick have also developed occupational health performance indicators and, in 2014, they reviewed how to monitor and track these indicators. The company will develop baseline performance in 2015 and then set performance targets in 2016.


Barrick jointly published key quantitative results from the collaborative “Acceptability of Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Papua New Guinea” study - published in a peer-reviewed journal article in BMC Public Health, an open access journal.