Our ESG Report
We are pleased to present the company’s inaugural report outlining our environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities in 2021. Our maiden ESG report reflects our commitment to responsible exploration and development, respectfully earning our place in each of the communities with whom we operate.
At Liberty Gold, we place our people first, recognizing our team is our greatest asset. We place importance on protecting our environment and creating a positive impact on the communities we work within. The ‘Science of Discovery©’ is at the core of our business model and drives a creative, disciplined, and methodical approach to our exploration strategy and activities. This drive for an innovative approach to managing all ESG matters has been acknowledged, subsequent to 2021 year end, in our receipt of the 2022 Environmental Excellence Award from the State of Utah’s Department of Natural Resources.
This inaugural report provides a clear statement of our purpose as an exploration and development company and sets out the values under which we operate.
This award recognized the company’s innovative use of GIS, LIDAR and other technology in the drill site and access road reclamation efforts at our Goldstrike property in southwestern Utah. Liberty Gold’s innovative use of this technology goes above and beyond industry standards and state regulations. Extensive GIS and 3D modelling tools help us plan out our projects, make efficient use of resources, minimize disturbance, and mitigate environmental impacts.
Our two main assets, Black Pine and Goldstrike, are each former open pit, heap-leach mining operations, which we are working towards bringing back into production in partnership with, and for the prosperity of, all of our stakeholders – from shareholders to our local community members. As we work towards the goal of transitioning to production, we are actively pursuing modern technology to design responsible and sustainable mining operations that promote minimal environmental impact and long-term value, while ensuring a net positive benefit to local communities.
This inaugural report provides a clear statement of our purpose as an exploration and development company and sets out the values under which we operate, both on a dayto-day basis and also over the longer term to guide strategic decision making.
We outline our plans to continue to address our ESG management as well as our efforts to date, including our work in particular on biodiversity studies and community engagement. While our activities in the Great Basin are not directly impacting endangered or threatened species, we are pleased to be voluntarily planting a large area of sagebrush seedlings in order to promote the rehabilitation of habitat of the greater sage-grouse, an important native bird species in Idaho and elsewhere in the US.
This report aligns with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) framework as it is the most relevant for Liberty at this time. We have determined material topics both for us and our stakeholders and used those to focus our current reporting. As Liberty Gold evolves during this exciting time, we continue to guide the company towards transparent and timely ESG reporting to our stakeholders. We welcome your suggestions and comments.