At Hummingbird we believe that it is our duty to work across all of our operations in the most socially and environmentally responsible way possible.
From Board level through to operational staff working on the ground, every Hummingbird employee recognises the importance of working safely and respecting the environment and communities we are privileged to work in.
For us, our investment in quality sustainable livelihood, health and education programmes is part of a long-term, meaningful contribution to those communities.
The World Gold Council (the ‘’WGC’’) launched the Responsible Gold Mining Principles (the ‘’RGMPs’’) in September 2019, an overarching framework that represent international best practices in exploration, operation and closure of gold mines. Hummingbird Resources plc (‘’Hummingbird’’) joined the WGC as a member company in June 2020, and on 04th September 2020, as part of its support of international best practices, the Board of Hummingbird declared its intent to adopt the RGMPs and to work towards the September 2022 full conformance deadline.
Responsible Gold Mining Principles
Hummingbird is confident in achieving substantial conformity within the next two years. In its 2019 Annual Report, Hummingbird gave an account of the salient features of its Environmental, Social and Governance performance. Hummingbird is carrying out a gap analysis, under the guidance of their ESG Committee of the Company policies, systems and performance against the performance standards set out in the 51 Principles of the RGMPs to identify areas for improvement. On the 8th October 2020 the Company received its first independent assurance report as detailed in the PDF attachment below.
Responsible gold mining is conducted with respect for the environment and the human rights and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and members of the communities associated with our activities. See summary details of the RGMPs below and in this link for more details: Responsible Gold Mining Principles | World Gold Council
1 Ethical conduct
We will conduct our business with integrity including absolute opposition to corruption
2 Understanding our impacts
We will engage with our stakeholders and implement management systems so as to ensure that we understand and manage our impacts, realise opportunities and provide redress where needed.
3 Supply chain
We will require that our suppliers conduct their businesses ethically and responsibly as a condition of doing business with us.
4 Safety and health
We will protect and promote the safety and occupational health of our workforce (employees and contractors) above all other priorities and will empower them to speak up if they encounter unsafe working conditions.
5 Human rights and conflict
We will respect the human rights of our workforce, affected communities and all those people with whom we interact.
6 Labour rights
We will ensure that our operations are places where employees and contractors are treated with respect and are free from discrimination or abusive labour practices.
7 Working with communities
We aim to contribute to the socio-economic advancement of communities associated with our operations and to treat them with dignity and respect. Responsible Gold Mining Principles 02
8 Environmental stewardship
We will ensure that environmental responsibility is at the core of how we work.
9 Biodiversity, land use and mine closure
We will work to ensure that fragile ecosystems, critical habitats and endangered species are protected from damage and we will plan for responsible mine closure.
10 Water, energy and climate change
We will improve the efficiency of our use of water and energy, recognising that the impacts of climate change and water constraints may increasingly become a threat to the locations where
Independent Limited Assurance Report
IMPORTANT NOTICE ADDRESSED TO ALL PARTIES
Our Report, as set out at page Our Report, has been prepared solely in accordance with terms of engagement agreed between the directors of Hummingbird Resources Plc (‘the Directors’) and RSM Risk Assurance Services LLP and for the confidential use of Hummingbird Resources Plc (‘the Company’) and solely for the purpose of reporting on the Company’s activities, processes and controls to ensure conformance with the Responsible Gold Mining Principles (‘RGMPs’) as set out in the Assurance Framework for the Responsible Gold Mining Principles. Our Report must not be relied upon by the Company for any other purpose whatsoever.
We have, exceptionally, agreed to permit the disclosure of our Report on the Company’s website, in full only, to enable the World Gold Council and other key stakeholders in the Company to verify that a report by reporting accountants has been commissioned by the Directors and issued in connection with the Company’s conformance with the RGMPs without assuming or accepting any responsibility or liability to them on our part.
Our Report must not be relied upon by the World Gold Council, other key stakeholders in the Company or any other third party (together ‘Third Parties’) for any purpose whatsoever. RSM Risk Assurance Services LLP neither owes nor accepts any duty to Third Parties and shall not be liable for any loss, damage or expense of whatsoever nature which is caused by their reliance on our Report. Should any Third Party choose to rely on our Report, they will do so at their own risk.
Our Report must not be recited or referred to in whole or in part in any other document and must not be made available, copied or recited to any Third Party without our express written permission.I agree