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New Gold Inc.

New Gold is an intermediate gold producer with operating mines in Canada (New Afton Mine – British Columbia and the Rainy River Mine – Ontario), the United States (Mesquite Mine), and Mexico (Cerro San Pedro Mine). In addition, New Gold’s principal development project is its 100% owned Blackwater project in British Columbia. New Gold sold its operation in Australia, the Peak Mine, in early 2018.

New Gold is committed to excellence in corporate social responsibility. We consider our ability to make a lasting and positive contribution to our host communities a key driver to achieving a productive and profitable business. At New Gold, we contribute to sustainable development by ensuring we have a detailed understanding of the impacts, and potential impacts, of our activities on communities and the environment. With this understanding we can minimize or prevent these impacts. We apply this risk-based approach throughout the mine life cycle, from early exploration through development and operation, to decommissioning and mine closure.

New Gold believes in positively contributing to the mining industry. As part of this commitment, New Gold is an active member of the World Gold Council, Business for social responsibility, the Mining Association of Canada, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Mining Association of Ontario and the Mining Association of British Columbia. We also take part in the Mexican Mining Chamber, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and the American Exploration and Mining Association in the United States. We are also committed to the United Nations Global Compact’s principles on human rights, labor standards, the environment and anti-corruption.

New Gold is committed to achieving the highest possible level of performance with regards to safety, environmental protection and sustainable community development. This commitment drives New Gold to seek out those standards, Protocols and performance indicators that assist our operations in achieving these goals. As a result, New Gold has adopted the following standards and added them to the New Gold Environmental Management Standards and Community Management Standards:

  • The International Cyanide Management Code
  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management
  • The Mining Association of Canada’s TSM
  • ISO 26000 – Social Responsibility.

New Gold also adopts the UN Global Compact 10 Principles and follows the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative and the Carbon Disclosure Project for both carbon and water disclosures to ensure relevant information is made known to its communities of interest. As part of the World Gold Council, New Gold fulfills its obligations under the Conflict-free Gold Standard.

New Afton enthusiastically adopted TSM Protocols, in addition to implementing ISO 14001, as it moved from the project development phase through commissioning and into production in July 2012. 2013 was the first full year of operation at New Afton and the first year of mandatory TSM reporting. New Gold has used TSM as a tool of disclosure to assure our local communities and First Nations partners that there has been progress and improvement in the areas that are important to them.

This is New Afton’s fifth year of reporting to TSM and the site conducted a self-assessment against the Protocols. We look forward to verifying these self-assessed results in the future. The results have shown improvement in several key areas, namely:

  • Tailings Management; moved from A to AAA for the OMS Manual indicator.
  • Energy Use and GHG Emissions Management; all indicators moved to AAA.
  • Biodiversity Conservation Management; two of the three indicators moved to AAA.
  • Aboriginal and Community Outreach; moved from AA to AAA for COI engagement.
  • Health and Safety; two indicators moved to AAA making it three in total.

In 2013, New Afton made significant progress toward a vision of sustainable energy management and in early 2014, it was the first mine in North America to be certified under ISO 50001 – Energy Management Systems. We have met the criteria for AAA across the entire Protocol, but more importantly we have met or exceeded our energy targets which leads to dollar savings and lower GHG emissions and has yielded 35 GWh in energy conservation, enough to power 3,500 homes for a full year. In 2018, New Afton won a Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leadership Award for Employee Awareness and Training.

As part of our commitment to being a socially responsible partner of choice, New Gold has adopted TSM at all of our sites, including those in other countries. In 2017, our Cerro San Pedro Mine received a TSM Leadership Award from the Mining Association of Canada for reaching a minimum of Level A across all indicators during external verification. As the site is undergoing a phased closure due to exhaustion of ore, one particularly pleasing aspect of the results was the achievement of AAA across all indicators of the Aboriginal and Community Outreach Protocol. Cerro San Pedro has maintained the good results that it achieved for the last reporting period. Although this will be the last time Cerro San Pedro will report its TSM results externally, the site will continue to use the TSM Protocols to guide activities through the remainder of the closure process.

Mesquite Mine, in eastern California, also self-assessed against the Protocols. While the site scored particularly high in Safety and Health, it unfortunately saw a drop in other results, including: Aboriginal and Community Outreach, Energy Use and GHG Emissions Management and Biodiversity Conservation Management. The results have been reviewed and action plans compiled to address the priority areas that saw a reduction in performance indicator scores.

The increase in scores in safety and health is particularly pleasing for New Gold and the Level AAA rating for every indicator is reflective of the great efforts of the Mesquite team. The site was able to achieve six consecutive months without a single safety incident.

With Rainy River Mine now operating, New Gold intends to implement TSM and report on performance next year as part of consolidated data. External reporting of the results will commence in two years.

For more information, please visit www.newgold.com or contact Dennis Wilson: dennis.wilson@newgold.com

Self-Assessed Results

2017 TSM Results

New Gold Inc.

Crisis Management and Communications Planning Assessment
Facility Crisis management and communications preparednessReviewTraining
Cerro San Pedro
New Gold Inc. – Corporate
Western Mesquite Mine
New Afton Mine
Results as of: May 10, 2019
Preventing Child and Forced Labour Assessment (Pre-2024)
Facility PREVENTING FORCED LABOURPREVENTING CHILD LABOUR
New Afton Mine
Results as of: May 10, 2019
Note: These requirements are assessed every three years during the external verification.
Aboriginal and Community Outreach Assessment
Community of Interest (COI) identificationEffective COI engagement and dialogueCOI response mechanismReporting
Cerro San Pedro
Western Mesquite Mine
New Afton Mine

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: May 10, 2019
Safety and Health Assessment
Commitments and accountabilityPlanning and implementationTraining, behaviour and cultureMonitoring and reportingPerformance
Cerro San Pedro
Western Mesquite Mine
New Afton Mine

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: May 10, 2019
Tailings Management Assessment
Tailings management policy and commitmentTailings management systemAssigned accountability and responsibilityAnnual tailings management reviewOperation, maintenance and surveillance (OMS) manual
New Afton Mine

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: May 15, 2019
Biodiversity Conservation Management Assessment
Commitment, accountability and communicationsConservation planning and implementationReporting
Cerro San Pedro
Western Mesquite Mine
New Afton Mine

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: May 15, 2019
Energy and GHG Emissions Management Assessment
Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions managementEnergy use and greenhouse gas emissions reporting systemsEnergy and greenhouse gas emissions performance targets
Cerro San Pedro
Western Mesquite Mine
New Afton Mine

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: May 15, 2019
Energy Use & Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Data
Facility Total Direct Emissions (Tonnes CO2e)Total Indirect Emissions (Tonnes CO2e)Total EmissionsTotal Energy Use (GJ)
New Afton Mine18362266121022.16886888
Results as of: Jul 23, 2019
International Initiatives
Industry Sustainability Initiatives
ICMM Sustainable Development Framework
WGC Conflict Free Gold Standard
ISO 14001 - EMS Standard
Management System Standards
OHSAS 18001
UN Global Compact
International Voluntary Initiatives
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
AA 1000
Reporting, Disclosure and Transparency Standards
Global Reporting Initiative
CDP
Water Disclosure Project
Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition
IFC Social and Environmental Performance Standards
Financing Standards
Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Listed on Socially Responsible Investing Indices
Jantzi Social Index
Responsible Jewellery
Industry Sustainability Initiatives
International Cyanide Code
Kimberley Process
Results as of: Jun 26, 2019

Letters of Assurance

New Gold Inc. | 2023 | TSM Letter of Assurance

New Gold Inc. | 2021 | TSM Letter of Assurance

New Gold Inc. | 2019 | TSM Letter of Assurance

New Gold Inc. | 2018 | TSM Letter of Assurance

New Gold Inc. | 2015 | TSM Letter of Assurance

New Gold Inc. | 2013 | TSM Letter of Assurance



Verification Summary Reports

New Gold Inc. | Rainy River Mine | 2023 | Verification Summary Report



Historical TSM Results

TSM Results (Latest)

TSM Results 2017

TSM Results 2016 (Externally Verified)

TSM Results 2015 (Externally Verified)

TSM Results 2014

TSM Results 2013

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