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79th Group accepted into UN Global Compact initiative

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As it develops several gold mining concessions in West Africa, the UK-based 79th Group has been accepted into a UN initiative designed to ensure the highest levels of corporate responsibility and accountability.

The company has pledged to adhere to the ‘Ten Principles’ of the UN Global Compact, which focuses on human rights – including worker’s rights and child labour – ethical operations and environmental responsibility.

After passing an external audit of its environmental management and procedures, the group is now Green Mark Certified – providing assurance to its clients and employees that it is operating to internationally recognised environmental standards.

According to the UN, by incorporating the principles of the Global Compact, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and the planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.

“In a country where there has been conflict between the biggest industry, farming, and the most economically active, mining, we felt it was important to put down a marker, right at the outset, about our intensions for our Guinea operations,” said the 79th Group’s Chairman, David Webster.

“We are also aware that organisations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have voiced concern over the challenges faced by many people in the country and so we wanted to make it clear that our commitment to human rights and ethical business are a priority.

“Becoming part of a global initiative, being driven by such a reputable and respected organisation as the United Nations, demonstrates this emphatically and we are delighted that we have been able to meet the criteria for Global Compact participation.”

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