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Wherever we operate, we live our values and strive to be a partner of choice for local communities and Indigenous Peoples. For New Gold, this means making significant efforts to understand the potential impacts of our operations and taking action to minimize negative impacts, while diligently looking for ways to maximize opportunities to contribute to the long-term sustainable development of our host communities.

Based on several internationally recognized best-practice frameworks, the New Gold Community Standards provide guidance to our sites describing how to identify communities of interest and effectively engage with these people and sustain respectful, inclusive dialogue. At each site, our standards are being progressively implemented to guide site-level management systems that work to ensure site operations respect human rights, identify opportunities for sustainable community investments, and maximize local hiring and contracting.

The New Gold Community Standards also drive us to continually evaluate our approaches and improve where necessary. All sites are expected to have an external audit, peer audit or self-assessment annually based on an audit schedule. Sites adopt a consistent approach to identifying and controlling social risks and report performance through these audits and assessments.