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B2Gold Releases its Eighth Annual Responsible Mining Report and its Third Annual Climate Strategy Report

Press Release

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 03, 2024 — B2Gold Corp. (TSX: BTO) (NYSE AMERICAN: BTG) (NSX: B2G) (“B2Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has published its eighth annual Responsible Mining Report entitled “Raising the Bar” (the “Report”), which details B2Gold’s global economic contributions and its environmental, social, and governance management practices, together with the Company’s performance against key indicators in 2023. Full details are outlined in the Report, which is available to view or download at the link provided below. All dollar figures are in United States dollars unless otherwise indicated.

B2Gold is also pleased to announce that it has published its third annual Climate Strategy Report. The 2023 Climate Strategy Report is the Company’s third annual report in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. The Climate Strategy Report presents stakeholders with an understanding of how B2Gold takes action to manage its climate impacts and climate-related risks.

To view or download a copy of the Responsible Mining Report and Climate Strategy Report and all other documents referred to in this press release, please visit .

In announcing the release of the Report, Clive Johnson, President & CEO of B2Gold, states “As we reflect on the progress and challenges of 2023, B2Gold continues to stand firm in its dedication to responsible mining, a principle that has been the foundation of our identity for over a decade and a half. This year, amidst the evolving dynamics of global markets and environmental challenges, our commitment to sustainability, innovation, and community engagement has never been more critical. We have leveraged our core values of fairness, respect, transparency and accountability, not just as guiding principles, but also as actionable frameworks that inform our strategic business decisions and operational practices.”

Highlights from the 2023 “Raising the Bar” Responsible Mining Report

Economic Contribution

As a responsible gold miner, B2Gold aims to create and distribute economic value among its stakeholders. The Company’s successful business results in 2023 are celebrated by its shareholders along with the many stakeholders in the countries, regions and communities where it operates. B2Gold’s economic performance is measured by the economic value that it generates for others, including payments to governments through taxes and royalties, local hiring and procurement and investment in communities. In 2023, B2Gold:

  • Achieved an eighth consecutive year of meeting or exceeding annual production guidance, with total gold production of 1,061,060 ounces (including 68,717 ounces of attributable production from Calibre Mining Corp.);
  • Generated $1.9 billion in annual revenue;
  • Paid $193 million in employee wages and benefits;
  • Invested $10.7 million in its local communities; and
  • Paid $435 million to governments (through taxes and royalties).

B2Gold is committed to maximizing local and national economic benefits from its contracting and purchasing. The Company is conscious of the high priority that host communities and governments place on local procurement. In sourcing the goods and services necessary to run its operations, preference is given to local businesses where possible, provided they meet minimum safety, quality, ethical and cost requirements. In 2023, over $600 million of goods and services were procured from local and host-country businesses. Several 2023 success stories are outlined in the Report.


As a reputable corporate citizen, B2Gold generates local employment and opportunities for people to develop their careers; trains employees to acquire new skills; and opens doors to women, under-represented groups and previously-disadvantaged people. The Company fosters positive and productive engagement with employees, provides safe workplaces, and believes that investing in people attracts and retains talented individuals and assists in their abilities to provide for themselves, their families and their futures.

At the end of 2023, B2Gold employed 6,150 people across all operations. The Company continues to maintain high local employment rates by targeting recruitment efforts at regional and national levels. Across all operations, 97% of the total workforce, and 64% of senior management where B2Gold operates abroad, was comprised of national employees.

B2Gold values a diverse workforce. Over the past few years, the Company has made significant strides in advancing its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. In 2021, the adoption of a Diversity Policy by the Company’s Board underscored its commitment to promoting and achieving gender diversity at all levels of the organization and B2Gold is pleased to report that as of the end of 2023, 44% of its directors represent gender- or ethnically-diverse categories, surpassing its target of 30%.

Health and Safety

As a result of B2Gold’s focus on injury prevention, the Company is once again pleased to report that it has maintained a zero-fatality workplace (for the eighth consecutive year). Additionally, B2Gold’s stringent health and safety protocols have led to zero registered occupational hygiene exposure claims for the sixth consecutive year, and its injury rates remain amongst the lowest in the mining industry, with a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate of 0.05 in 2023. These achievements underscore the Company’s position as a leader in safety performance within the industry.


B2Gold maintains its social licence to operate by building trust-based relationships with stakeholders and implementing community investment activities based on local ownership and development priorities. Highlights of the 2023 community investment programs include:

  • At the Otjikoto Mine, B2Gold Namibia, in partnership with civil society, has established a three-year social investment transition strategy that aims to ensure a smooth handover process of social projects and funding. In 2023, the Company supported early childhood development programs, primary and secondary schools, vocational training and small-scale enterprise development.
  • At the Fekola Complex, B2Gold, in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, is supporting the FEMA Project ( Femmes et Enfants des Communautés Minières Artisanales ), which aims to improve conditions for women and children living in artisanal and small-scale mining communities within the Fekola Complex’s area of influence. The FEMA Project is a five-year partnership that was initiated in March 2022.
  • At the Masbate Gold Project, investment was focused on education, access to health services and facilities, enterprise development, livelihood development and vocational training. In addition, Masbate conducted an extensive consultation process with its eight impacted communities to design the fourth iteration of the Social Development Management Plan for 2024-2028. Priorities for the next five years include vocational and technical skills training and strengthening local business and employment by partnering with large national and international industries.
  • B2Gold continues to build on a strong relationship with Kitikmeot Inuit and their communities in Canada’s Arctic, following the acquisition of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. B2Gold has invested in collaborative projects throughout the Kitikmeot region that enhance community wellness, youth sports and recreation and initiatives aimed at support for women and Elders. The B2Gold team continues to work closely with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association to advance even more initiatives to ensure the benefits of the Back River Gold District reach the communities of Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk, Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak and Kugaaruk.


In 2023, B2Gold took further strides in environmental stewardship and sustainable operations, with a renewed emphasis on biodiversity alongside its ongoing commitment to climate action. Recognizing the critical importance of maintaining the planet’s biological diversity, the Company updated its Environmental and Biodiversity Policy and Performance Standards to align with its strategy towards achieving No Net Loss of critical habitat. This commitment reflects B2Gold’s holistic approach to environmental management, ensuring that its operations not only minimize harm, but also actively contribute to the health and resilience of the ecosystems in which it operates.

The Company’s dedication to reducing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions remains unwavering, with a target to cut Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30% by 2030 against a 2021 baseline. The expansion of the Fekola solar plant, scheduled for commissioning in the second half of 2024, is a testament to B2Gold’s proactive approach in decarbonizing its operations, aiming to significantly reduce GHG emissions and heavy fuel oil consumption.

As B2Gold continues to advance, its operations will act on site-specific Climate Action Plans, translating its broad commitments into precise and impactful operational actions. These actions underscore B2Gold’s commitment to not only navigating the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation, but also to playing a pivotal role in the solution, moving the Company towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

Approach to Reporting

B2Gold is committed to the transparency of its sustainability risks, management and performance. The Report is aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative Standards and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Standard. The Company firmly believes that the mining industry has an opportunity to contribute positively to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and it has reported its contribution in this regard since 2018.

Highlights from the 2023 Climate Strategy Report

2023 Highlights

  • B2Gold committed to a GHG emissions reduction target of a 30% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 against a 2021 baseline.
  • Began financial assessment of key climate risks identified at sites during previous climate scenario analysis workshops. This work not only aims to mitigate immediate risks, but also to lay the groundwork for achieving the Company’s commitment to GHG emissions reduction.
  • Each operation developed site-specific Climate Action Plans, identifying local climate risks, climate adaption mitigation measures, energy efficiency and reduction measures, and employee and community awareness actions.
  • The total Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions (for the Fekola, Masbate and Otjikoto operations) and emissions intensity both decreased from 2022. The Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions were an estimated 701 thousand tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (“CO e”) in 2023 (compared with 739 thousand tonnes in 2022). The Company’s consolidated GHG emissions intensity was 0.71 tonnes CO e per gold ounce produced in 2023 (compared with 0.76 in 2022).
  • The proportion of electricity generated from renewable sources increased significantly to 22.9% in 2023 from 14.3% in 2022, for consolidated operations.

About B2Gold

B2Gold is a low-cost international senior gold producer headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 2007, today, B2Gold has operating gold mines in Mali, Namibia and the Philippines, a mine under construction in northern Canada and numerous development and exploration projects in various countries including Mali, Colombia and Finland.


“Clive T. Johnson”

For more information on B2Gold please visit the Company website at or contact:
Michael McDonald
VP, Investor Relations & Corporate Development
+1 604-681-8371

Cherry DeGeer
Director, Corporate Communications
+1 604-681-8371



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