Today is World Water Day and we invite you to meet John McCartney, Vice President of Water Management at Barrick, as he discusses the importance of water stewardship and Barrick’s new water management strategy. It’s about more than just compliance; water stewardship, as John points out, is about genuinely caring for something that isn’t ours.
March 22 is World Water Day, a day initially launched by the United Nations in 1993 to raise awareness about the impact of water scarcity and bring about more initiatives to protect it.
At Barrick, we recognize that water is a shared, vital, and in many places, scarce resource. It’s why we strive to use only what we need and to reduce our impact on other water users in the countries and communities with whom we partner.
As we mine in increasingly remote areas with wide variations in climate and access to water, we need to find new ways to meet our water challenges. This is not only the responsible thing to do, it makes good business sense and it is consistent with our core values.
This year, we will begin implementing a new water management strategy to ensure we have the right talent, the right plans and the right resources in place to effectively manage our water-related risks at all of our sites. Water management will be integrated into life-of-mine planning in a systematic way, and the water management team will work closely with operations and our digital transformation team to integrate technology into all water management processes. Our long-term goal is to develop successful site-based water stewardship that brings value to the company while protecting our people, our partners and the environment.
The development and implementation of the water management strategy is being overseen by John McCartney, Vice President of Water Management. We invite you to watch a short video of John previewing the strategy and discussing the importance of water stewardship. It’s about more than just compliance, water stewardship, as John points out, is about genuinely caring for something that isn’t ours.