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TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corp. was named Monday to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the seventh consecutive year and has been ranked as the top performer in the mining industry category.

“We are honored to be included in this highly-respected index once again this year. Our goal is to be a responsible partner in resource development, ensuring our operations generate positive and sustainable benefits for all of our stakeholders, including governments, communities and investors,” said Co-President Kelvin Dushnisky.

“Achieving industry-leading social and environmental performance is a critical element of how we define operational excellence at Barrick,” said Co-President Jim Gowans. “This recognition is a testament to our people around the world, who make responsible mining a focus of what they do every day.”

Barrick was also included on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the eighth year in a row.

In 2013, Barrick contributed $15.2 billion in economic value-add to its host countries and communities through wages and benefits, royalties and taxes, local purchasing of goods and services and community investments. This included $7.1 billion in developing and emerging countries.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index evaluates more than 3,000 companies annually using rigorous sustainability criteria to identify top performers. Companies are evaluated on a range of sustainability metrics, including governance, social performance, environment and economic contributions — taking into account both industry-specific trends, as well as sustainability issues facing multiple sectors.

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