Living the New Gold Values:
Employee Development and Teamwork

Our people are the core of our success and we depend on skilled, hard-working and empowered employees to contribute to our business.

One of New Gold’s core values is to develop our employees. It means employees receive regular feedback on their job performance and an individualized development plan that supports them in reaching their full potential. We require our directors, employees and contractors to understand their accountabilities and demonstrate leadership and commitment to sustainable development through effective health, safety, environment and social responsibility management. Personal performance related to health, safety, environmental and social responsibility is considered in allocation of bonuses as well as in career progression.

Scorecard 2: Our People

Priorities 2015 Target 2015 Performance 2016 Target
Health & Safety Occupational Health and Safety
  • Achieve 0.15 Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR).
    • Achieved 0.03 LTIFR, which was a 90% improvement compared to 2014.
  • Achieve 0.13 LTIFR (25% reduction of the three-year rolling average for LTIFR).
  • Achieve a 5% reduction compared to 2014 on Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR).
    • Achieved 1.86 TRIFR, which was a 27% improvement compared to 2014.
  • Reduce TRIFR by 5% at each operation.
  • Achieved Achieved
  • Missed Not Achieved

Employment Practices

We strive to be an employer of choice, and to create a culture of collaboration, inclusiveness and acceptance at all levels of the organization, through hiring, promotion and worker-to-worker relationships. In all jurisdictions where we operate, we comply with local employment laws. We adhere to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and are committed to fair and equitable employment practices throughout our operations.

We are dedicated to providing opportunities to maximize local employment, and our New Afton Mine is a great example, with the majority of its employees (over 95%) being residents of the local area and active members of the community. Our Participation Agreements with local Aboriginal communities near our Canadian operations also provide employment and training opportunities targeted to Aboriginal workers.

Workplace Diversity, Non-Discrimination and Equity

New Gold has an inclusive approach that respects diversity and a zero-tolerance policy with respect to discrimination on illegal grounds, and verbal, physical and sexual harassment.

Collective Bargaining and Freedom of Association

At all New Gold operations, workers enjoy the right to freedom of association as provided by applicable labour laws. We strive to include all levels of employees in decision-making processes and have not experienced strikes or lockouts at our operations to date.

On December 31, 2015, approximately 58% of Cerro San Pedro employees – 15% of New Gold’s employees – were covered by a collective bargaining agreement.