Responsible Mining

External Recognition

B2Gold strives to be an innovative leader within the mining industry with respect to the management of sustainability issues and performance. In 2020, B2Gold was honoured to be recognized for several achievements in responsible mining. These achievements include the following:

 Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC): 2021 Sustainability Award

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The PDAC Sustainability Award honours companies that demonstrate outstanding initiative, leadership and accomplishment in establishing good community relations during a mine operation. B2Gold was recognized for its “exemplary resettlement and community development work with the village of Fadougou at the Fekola Mine in Mali.” When B2Gold acquired the Fekola Project in 2014, the village of Fadougou was located near the perimeter of the proposed open pit. Although relocating the residents was not a condition of the mine permit, B2Gold saw this as an opportunity to work with the community, build a new village and invest in the long-term social and economic development of the villagers. This effort led to improved living conditions in Fadougou by providing services, education and training, building new infrastructure and diversifying the economy. Over 400 members of the community were employed during construction, and traditionally marginalized women were given an important role in the planning and execution of the resettlement.

 Mining Journal: 2020 Most Sustainable Miner

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According to the Mining Journal, a number of prominent mining companies were selected by readers as nominees for this category, and selected B2Gold as its award recipient for being “emblematic of the change occurring in the industry, worldwide.” Highlights featured by Mining Journal in their award selection include the Company’s industry-leading safety record, 95% local employment, gender diversity initiatives to increase the percentage of females in its total workforce and senior positions, its Rhino Gold Bar philanthropic conservation program in Namibia and implementation of solar power-based renewable energy solutions at the Otjikoto Mine in Namibia and Fekola Mine in Mali.

 Mali Philanthropy Association and Minister of Solidarity’s 2020 CSR Award

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B2Gold was awarded as the company in Mali with the best social welfare programming by the Philanthropy Association in collaboration with the Ministry in charge of Social Actions. The Night of Philanthropy rewards companies or individuals who have exceled in social development. Within less than three years of production, B2Gold has invested around $3.7 million in community development projects in Mali, focusing on education, health and livelihood development.

 Le Baromètre’s Best Mining Company of 2020 in Mali

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B2Gold was recognized by Le Baromètre, a citizen watch organization in Mali that monitors the performance of public and private sector organizations and individuals.

 Botanical Society of Namibia’s (BSN) 2020 Tree Award

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The Otjikoto Rehabilitation Nursery was established to grow seedlings for the revegetation of sites disturbed by Otjikoto’s mining activity. Over time, its activities have expanded to include collaborative research (focused on rehabilitation with indigenous plant species), hosting school groups for educational purposes, nurturing institutional partnerships, and the creation of a national commercial nursery that produces indigenous saplings for sale to reforestation projects throughout Namibia.

The Otjikoto Rehabilitation Nursery at B2Gold’s Otjikoto Mine in Namibia received the Botanical Society of Namibia’s (BSN) Tree Award. While announcing the award, the BSN commended B2Gold for its work in educating young people on the value of indigenous trees and for its research focused on indigenous tree propagation, demonstrating the Company’s commitment to the conservation of indigenous trees.

Valuing Indigenous Flora – Recognition for Otjikoto Rehabilitation Nursery

 Government of Antioquia’s (Colombia) Social Seal of Mining in Antioquia 2020

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Awarded by the Government of Antioquia province in Colombia, where the Gramalote project is located, the “Gran Minera” award honours companies that distinguish themselves in preventing, mitigating and addressing the social impacts generated by mining projects, as well as increasing opportunities and benefits for the communities involved. Over the past year and specifically in the fourth quarter of 2020, key social initiatives, including resettlement work and artisanal miner formalization/relocation, continued to advance at the Gramalote Project.

Past Awards:

 2019 Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK)

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Awarded by the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines in recognition of B2Gold’s outstanding achievements in terms of responding to the safety and health needs of workers, workplace and community.

 2017 Saringaya Award

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Awarded by the Philippine’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the Masbate operations’ contribution to environmental protection, conservation and management of the regions surrounding the Masbate Mine.

 2014 Sam Nujoma Innovative Enterprise Development Awards

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“Enterprise of the Year” and “Environment Awareness” awards in recognition of B2Gold’s Otjikoto Mine in Namibia

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