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Sustainability

Our vision is to be the global leader in sustainable gold mining

Gold Fields' vision, driven at the highest level by CEO Nick Holland, is "To be the global leader in sustainable gold mining". Translated, leadership in sustainable gold mining for us means being the company of choice for all our stakeholders which includes investors, employees communities and society in general. Sustainability in this context also means building mines across the world, operating them profitably over life of mine and creating shared value for all our stakeholders.

 Unpacking our vision

"The global leader..."
We don’t want to be the biggest, but we do want to be the best at everything we do
We seek to create the greatest enduring value from gold mining for all of our stakeholders, including our employees, our communities, our shareholders and our host governments
We are gold industry leaders in understanding our stakeholders’ needs and responding to them
Through living our values, we consistently deliver what we promise
"...in sustainable..."
If we cannot mine safely, we will not mine
We seek to enhance the environments in which we operate, and limit the impact that mining can cause
We are committed to creating “shared value” for all our stakeholders. This is our legacy and we measure ourselves against this
"...gold mining..."
We are a gold miner – we produce gold (and by-products where they exist)
We believe in our product and do not hedge gold

International standards and principles

Our vision is supported by our adherence to a number of external standards and international principles and memberships of associations as follows:

The Paris Pledge for Action   Gold Fields Limited has joined L’Appel de Paris / the Paris Pledge for Action to support the global call from [business/ cities/ civil society groups/ investors/ regions/ trade unions] for a credible, coherent and unmistakable signal that the Paris Agreement will be implemented and commitments met, or even better, exceeded. We urge other [business/ cities/ civil society groups/ investors/ regions/ trade unions] to also call for action and join the Paris Pledge for Action
The Paris Pledge for Action
     
ICMM International Council on Mining Metals   ICMM - Our Sustainable Development Framework is guided by the International Council on Mining and Metals’ (ICMM) 10 Principles on sustainable development and the supporting position statements.Gold Fields alignment with the 10 principles and the mandatory position statements is annualy assured by an independent external assurance provider.
International Council on Mining & Metals
     
  UNGC - We are guided by the principles advocated by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), in which we are a participant. This includes implementation of the Ten Principles in our business activities and our annual submission of a Communication on Progress (COP)
The Global Compact
     
  All our operations are certified to the OHSAS 18001 international safety management standard.
OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety Standard
     
  King III - The Board has adopted the recommendations on good corporate governance contained in the King III Report, as well as the King Code of Governance Principles for South Africa. We have implemented the King III principles and recommendations across Gold Fields.
For a full report on our compliance with each of the King III principles click here
Institute of Directors Southern Africa
     
  GRI G4 - Our reporting is guided by the internationally recognised Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, including the Mining and Metals Sector Supplement
Global Reporting Initaitive
     
  RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook – The yearbook is the world’s most comprehensive publication on corporate sustainability. In 2016 Gold Fields qualified for inclusion in the yearbook and received a Silver Class distinction for its excellent sustainability performance and leadership in its sector
RobecoSam
     
  AA1000 - All of our mines identify, prioritise and engage relevant stakeholder groups in accordance with the AA 1000 stakeholder engagement principles, together will Gold Fields community policy Guideline Handbook the Community Relations and Stakeholder Engagement guidelines and handbook
AccountAbility
     
  EITI - We support the principles and processes of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) through our membership of the ICMM.Our 2014 EITI supporting company form can be viewed on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative website
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
     
ISO 14000/14001   All of our operations, with the exception of our newly acquired Granny Smith mine in Australia (which is scheduled to start the certification process in 2014), are certified to the ISO 14001 standard.
ISO 14000/14001
     
  ICMC - All of our eligible operations are fully compliant with the requirements of the International Cyanide Management Code
International Cyanide Management Code