Our Approach to Responsible Mining
Our business is focused on breaking new ground at every stage in the mining life cycle. From the initial relationships we build with local communities to implementing socially and environmentally responsible closure practices, we seek to find new ways to create value for our stakeholders. From our corporate vision to our management systems, we are committed to responsible mining as the foundation of our business.
Eldorado’s Vision and Values define our future as an organization and our approach to how we get things done
Eldorado’s Sustainability Framework articulates what sustainability means to Eldorado
Eldorado’s Policies define our commitments on specific sustainability-related topics
Eldorado’s Sustainability Integrated Management System (SIMS) provides mandatory performance-based minimum standards that operationalize our Sustainability Framework and Policies across our global sites
Our Vision and Values
Our five core values are the foundation for how we do business, ignite our culture and underpin Eldorado’s vision of building a safe, sustainable and high-quality business in the gold mining sector, creating value today and for future generations.
We succeed together
We embrace the unknown and face challenges head on
We are honest and do the right thing
We persevere through adversity, remaining committed to delivering on our promises
We continuously assess, adapt and navigate to find solutions
Our Sustainability Framework
Eldorado’s sustainability framework embodies our pledge to incorporate sustainability from the ground up in service of our corporate vision to build a safe, sustainable and high-quality business in the gold mining sector, creating value today and for future generations. This means we consider sustainability in everything we do, from exploration to closure, and in our relationships with communities, investors, customers and other important stakeholders.
Our sustainability framework articulates four pillars that highlight our commitments across environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators. By delivering on these pillars, we believe we will continue to be a preferred partner for host communities and countries and have access to capital to enable us to grow our business for the benefit of all stakeholders. Our framework includes our commitments to deliver on the following:
Our Sustainability Policies
Eldorado’s policies and commitments provide the governance for making our vision, values and framework a reality. Our sustainability-related policies include:
Our Sustainability Integrated Management System
Eldorado’s Sustainability Integrated Management System (SIMS) provides minimum performance-based standards for all Eldorado sites in the areas of occupational health and safety, environmental performance, social performance, security, and general management of sustainability topics.
SIMS was developed in alignment with internationally recognized standards, including the World Gold Council’s (WGC) Responsible Gold Mining Principles (RGMPs), the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC) Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM), the International Cyanide Management Code (ICMC), and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR). It was also developed through a collaborative effort with direct participation from executive leadership, senior management, mine and country General Managers, corporate teams and a dedicated group of sustainability professionals from across Eldorado’s operating regions. SIMS is founded and fostered on Eldorado’s values and is a critical tool for driving sustainability performance across our business.
In 2022, we conducted our first ever Sustainability Integrated Management System (SIMS) Compliance Verification at Lamaque. The verification measured the site’s progress on implementing Eldorado’s minimum performance standards across health, safety, environment, social, security and general sustainability topics, as well as compliance with jurisdictional regulatory requirements and internationally recognized voluntary standards.
The verification provided us with the opportunity to bring our global site and corporate teams together for a week of collaboration and learning after months of preparation. The Lamaque Team welcomed professionals and subject matter experts from Efemçukuru, Kışladağ and the Ankara Office in Türkiye and Olympias and Stratoni in Greece, who comprised the Verification Team. The SIMS Control Team, composed of corporate SIMS Leadership, oversaw the verification procedure. We also hosted a team of external auditors tasked with independently verifying self-assessed conformance with the RGMP requirements and MAC-TSM Protocols.
The verification consisted of document and database reviews, interviews with key site and management personnel, and involved comprehensive tours and inspections of Lamaque’s offices and control rooms, main site, milling complex, underground mine, tailings management facilities and various other grounds and infrastructure. The effectiveness of corrective actions implemented as a result of previous self-assessments was also evaluated.
At the end of each day, the Verification Team documented and debriefed on their findings and discussed key learning and verification process improvement opportunities. The verification concluded with a presentation of findings that included the identification of many best practices. The experience provided both teams with greater confidence and understanding of SIMS, inspiration for innovation at their own operations, as well as an appreciation for the high degree of rigour, transparency and teamwork that is fostered through the program.
Lamaque achieved minimum Level A or Yes across all TSM performance indicators in 2022, including Level AAA for Biodiversity Conservation Management, Water Stewardship and Tailings Management, based on a verified assessment. Lamaque’s complete TSM results for 2022 are available at www.mining.ca/companies/eldorado-gold. We also received verification of our self-assessed conformance against the Year 2 requirements of the RGMPs.
The next SIMS Compliance Verification will be held at the Kassandra Mines in Greece in 2023, followed by Türkiye in 2024. We are excited to continue bringing our people together through the implementation of SIMS across our global operations toward sustainability excellence.
External Frameworks and Commitments
Eldorado’s sustainability framework, policies and SIMS have been guided and informed by industry-leading frameworks.
Standards, Commitments and Certifications
We report in alignment with the following:
- Global Reporting Initiative Standards
- Sustainability Accounting Standards Board – Metals and Mining Standard
- United Nations Global Compact – Communication on Progress
We participate in the following disclosures:
Our requirements are guided by the following:
- International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability
- Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining Framework
- Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
- Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
- World Gold Council’s Responsible Gold Mining Principles
Our sites achieve certifications, which vary by site, such as:
- World Gold Council’s Conflict-Free Gold Standard
- International Cyanide Management Code
- ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Standard
- ISO 39001 Road Traffic Safety Management System Standard
- ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Standard
- ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard
Eldorado is also a member of several industry associations that assist in developing best practices and international standards, such as:
- Devonshire Initiative
- European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals (Euromines)
- International Cyanide Management Institute
- Mining Association of Canada
- Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
- Québec Mining Association
- Turkish Gold Miners Association
- World Gold Council
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN member states in 2015 to provide a shared blueprint and set targets for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. We have embedded the SDG targets into the methodology of our materiality assessment, which has helped us to identify the SDGs where we can have the greatest impact for the communities and countries where we operate.
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|Occupational Health and Safety||
Eldorado promotes a strong, company-wide workplace health and safety culture:
In 2022, we continued to provide direct support to communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other contributions intended to improve the health and well-being of those around us.
In 2022, Eldorado’s Board was composed of 56% female directors, exceeding its goal as a member of the 30% Club Canada. Eldorado also has an aspirational goal to have women hold 30% of senior management positions by 2023. By doing so, we are:
At Lamaque, we continued providing support to parents in our workforce, including improved access to paid daycare that fosters equal opportunity and participation. Beyond the mine at Efemçukuru, we also supported a local cooperative’s grape processing workshop that aims to build capacity and foster entrepreneurship among women.
Eldorado works to manage our water consumption while collaborating with local communities and governments by:
In 2022, Kışladağ supported local communities during an extended period of drought conditions by supplying fresh potable water to nearby villages as needed.
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Eldorado actively builds the conditions under which sustainable economic growth can occur by:
In 2022, 81% of our workforce was employed from communities local to the mine and our local procurement spend was approximately over $583 million.
Eldorado makes significant investments in infrastructure to transport materials, water, energy and information to our locations by:
In 2022, Eldorado contributed approximately $2.75 million in local communities to support various efforts, including strategic community investments aimed at building and supporting the economic development of local women, repairing community infrastructure, and donating educational materials. However, our contributions reach beyond donations and include investments aimed at building local capacity in our host communities, such as providing access to education and professional training opportunities.
Eldorado responsibly produces materials that create socio-economic benefits fundamental to healthy communities and transitioning to a lower-carbon economy. Our business is focused on responsibly and sustainably creating value from natural resources, and we seek to adopt international best practices wherever we operate.
In 2022, Eldorado had no major environmental incidents across our operations. Moreover, we worked to implement our Climate Change Strategy and advanced the development of a mitigation pathway toward our GHG emissions target to mitigate our contribution to climate change and continue building a responsible and resilient business. We also completed assurance against the WGC’s Conflict-Free Gold Standard (CFGS) for our 2021 operations and disclosed our Year Two report regarding our commitment to the RGMPs.
Governance and Transparency
Central to Eldorado’s record as a trusted operator is our commitment to ethical business practices and high standards of corporate governance. We recognize the importance of having an integrated approach to managing our operations, risks and relationships.
Board of Directors
Eldorado’s Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing corporate governance and works with senior management to set long-term goals, develop strategy and monitor Eldorado’s progress toward achieving its goals, while providing independent and objective advice. They regularly evaluate our principal business risks and monitor the effectiveness of our risk management process.
The Sustainability Committee oversees our policies, programs, practices and disclosures in the areas of environment, tailings management, sustainable development, climate change, health and safety, social performance, community relations, human rights and security. The Committee seeks assurance that Eldorado consistently promotes ethical, transparent and responsible behaviour, and meaningfully engages its stakeholders and communities. All Committee members are independent. The Sustainability Committee receives detailed quarterly reports for all sites and works with Eldorado leadership to suggest directives for senior management to pursue. The Board of Directors, including members of the Committee, periodically visit our sites for first-hand validation and interaction with our operations personnel.
More information about Eldorado’s Board Committees is available at:
Our senior management team in Vancouver works closely with management teams in each of our operating jurisdictions, providing a clear line of sight to each operation. Ultimately, accountability for social, environmental, and health and safety performance rests with our President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) while the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (EVP & COO) have oversight at the corporate level. In addition to frequent site visits, our senior management team aims for open communication and appropriate oversight through regular reporting on sustainability related matters, including health and safety, environmental and social performance, from Mine General Managers and Country Vice Presidents & General Managers.
More information on Eldorado’s senior management team is available at: