For Third Consecutive Year, Newmont Selected for Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
DENVER, Sept 25, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) today announced it was selected for a third consecutive year to be part of the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (www.sustainability-index.com). In 2007, Newmont became the first gold company to join the DJSI World. In addition, Newmont was chosen for the DJSI North America Index in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
"Consistently demonstrating industry leadership in our environmental and social performance over the long-term is vital to the ongoing success of our business," said Richard O'Brien, Newmont's President and Chief Executive Officer. "To ensure Newmont is sustainable, profitable and responsible we must continue to lead in safety, environmental stewardship and social responsibility."
DJSI World, Dow Jones' premier sustainability index, tracks the performance of 2,500 leading companies, worldwide. The index independently evaluates companies' long-term economic, environmental, and social performance, publicly identifying the top 10 percent of performers in areas of sustainability.
O'Brien went on to add, "I am especially proud of our employees whose ongoing commitment to sustainability honors our core values. Year after year they consistently demonstrate leadership in delivering sustainable value and opportunity for our shareholders, employees and host communities."
Companies are selected based on a systematic assessment identifying the top sustainability leaders in 58 different industry groups. The methodology evaluates companies based on a variety of criteria, including transparency, corporate governance, risk and crisis management, environmental management and performance, community relations and development, energy consumption and climate change, biodiversity, human resources, stakeholder relations, and safety.
More information can be found in Newmont's annual sustainability report, www.BeyondTheMine.com. The report is published as part of the company's ongoing obligations as a founding member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (www.icmm.com) and in accordance with its commitments under the United Nations' Global Compact (www.unglobalcompact.org) and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (www.voluntaryprinciples.org).
Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont (www.newmont.com) is one of the largest gold companies in the world. Headquartered in Colorado, the Company has approximately 34,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at core operations in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia and Ghana. Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont's industry leading performance is reflected through high standards in environmental management, health and safety for its employees and creating value and opportunity for host communities and shareholders.
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