Global Sustainability Report 2021

Going for Gold Responsibly

Our strong Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) performance is based on assessing risks, minimizing negative impacts, while having meaningful opportunities for local employment and training, and making sure that the communities in which we operate benefit from our presence. As demonstrated in our 2021 Sustainability Report, this most recently includes:

COVID-19 Response

Our extensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, where faced with extraordinary events, KL Gold rose to the challenge moving quickly to ensure the health and safety of our workforce, their families, and the communities in which we work and live.

Our Communities

We continued to deliver value to the communities and places we operate. Over 75% our goods and services, or $905 million dollars, stayed in Ontario and Victoria, and $263 million was spent with Indigenous owned businesses in 2020. KL Gold also donated $3.5 million to community organizations directly.

Strengthening our Policies

We strengthened our governance, implementing our “Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Policy” across KL Gold and policies and standards on Human Rights, Supplier Code of Conduct and Grievance Resolution.

Our Environment

At 0.32 tonnes of CO2e per oz of gold in 2020, KL Gold continued to achieve greenhouse gas emissions well below industry average, with the Macassa Mine continuing to have among the lowest intensity rates in the industry at 0.06 t CO2e per oz. We also confirmed safety is never compromised, verifying all active tailings facilities meet or exceed the most stringent applicable guideline from the Mining Association of Canada, Canadian Dam Association, or Australian National Committee on Large Dams.

Our achievements in ESG have not gone unnoticed.

Kirkland Lake Gold received the prestigious Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award in recognition of Detour Lake Mine’s Progressive Reclamation Program in 2020, as well as completed Year One External Assurance of our adoption of the World Gold Council’s Responsible Gold Mining Principles. We also became a Mining Association of Canada (MAC) member in 2021 and began participating in the Towards Sustainable Mining program. As part of this commitment, we are working to have all systems/processes developed and implemented required by 2023.

These achievements are a small sample of what we can all do.

As we build towards the future, KL Gold is undertaking a planned investment of $375 million over the next five years ($75M per year) to establish and fund centres for technology and innovation near our operations in both Canada and Australia. These centers will focus on three key areas:


Carbon Footprint

Reducing our carbon footprint to reach net-zero by 2050, or sooner.


Smart Mines

Building smart mines through innovation, automation and digitization.


Supporting our Communities

In the areas of health and well-being, and youth training and skills development.

Our 2020 Performance


GHG Intensity Basis

GHG Intensity Basis

t CO2e/oz of gold

Target: net-zero by 2050, or sooner

Energy Intensity

Energy Intensity

GJ/t ore processed

Water Intensity

Water Intensity

m3 consumed/t

Water Efficiency

(Total Water Used that is Recycled)

Water Efficiency
70% 70%

Tailing Facilities Incidents

Tailing Facilities Incidents 0

Sites covered under
biodiversity plan


Land Reclamation

Land Reclamation

2020 Recipient of Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Industry

Total Global Reportable Incidents

(Total Reportable Incident Frequency Rate)

Total Global Reportable Incidents

(0.586 TRIFR)
incidents/200,000 hrs

Our people

% of workforce who are local

% of workforce who are local

(does not include rotational personnel)

Gender Diversity

(% women at all levels)


Board Diversity


of Board Members are Women

Employee Training
Hours in 2020


Total Workforce (by headcount) Global:

Total Workforce (by headcount) Global




Community Donations


Site covered Grievance


Percent of spend on Ontario
and Victoria Supply Chain

Percent of spend on Ontario and Victoria Supply Chain


Goods and Services from Companies with Indigenous Ownership 2020 Spend


Number of Supply Chain
Human Rights Grievances


Health & Safety

Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR)

Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate

incidents/200,000 hrs



Total Hours of Emergency Response

Total Hours of Emergency Response

New Company Record for Loss Time Incident Free period

(Detour Lake Mine)

over 365


Tax and royalty payments


Salaries and Wages


Money allocated to support community COVID-19 response in 2020


All dollar figures are in US dollars (USD)

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For more information on our performance and progress advancing ESG and sustainability related initiatives and investments please see our 2021 Sustainability Report.

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