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

The Gold Fields DNA

  • Our vision
  • Our values
  • Strategic objective
  • Our commitment
  • Operating model
  • Value model
  • Group culture
  • Our DNA

Our vision

To Be The Global Leader In Sustainable Gold Mining

“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


  • 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

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Our values



If we cannot mine safely, we will not mine.



We responsibly manage our impact on the environment and host communities.



We act with honesty, fairness and transparency.



We treat all stakeholders with trust, dignity and respect.



We encourage innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit.



We strive for excellence and do what we say we will do.

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Explaining our Values


If we cannot mine safely, we will not mine

This is our main value and comes before everything else. This value means that we Stop, Think, Fix, Verify and Continue whenever we see something that may endanger our own safety, or that of our colleagues. It means that, if we cannot fix it, we exercise our right and obligation to withdraw to safety.


We act responsibly and we care for the environment and all of our stakeholders, including our employees, our communities and our shareholders

This value means that we never allow our actions to harm each other or any of our stakeholders. We think before we act and always exercise caution. We seek out and nurture talent amongst each other, and we tread lightly on the natural environment around us. It means that we care.


We act with honesty, fairness, integrity and transparency

This value means that there is no place in Gold Fields for dishonest people. We are always aware of and obey the rules, regulations and laws that govern us.


We treat each other with respect, trust and dignity

This value means that every Gold Fields stakeholder has the right to be treated with trust, respect and dignity. We treat each other and all of our stakeholders in the same way that we like to be treated ourselves. We embrace diversity as a source of richness rather than conflict. We have respect for the dignity of work, irrespective of the complexity or importance of the job, and we value each other for the contribution that we make to the richness of our company.


We encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and acting like owners

This value means that every person in Gold Fields has good ideas, and that we are encouraged to raise them in a responsible way. It also means that we have open minds when new ideas are raised and we act like owners by being cost conscious and always find efficient ways of doing our work.


We work together in teams and do what we say we will do

This value means that we are always true to our word. We take pride in our work and focus on ensuring we support team members to deliver what we are employed to do. We deliver on our commitments.

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Strategic objective

Sustainable Cash Flow to Underpin "Shared Value"

  • To structure our business to generate at least a 15% All In Sustaining Cost (AISC) Free Cash Flow Margin at any gold price
  • It is only if we generate cash on a sustainable basis that we will create sufficient value to meet our commitments to all of our stakeholders, and to grow Gold Fields
  • “Shared Value” is created when both business and social needs are addressed. At its core, “Shared Value” is a business strategy that has a positive social impact without hand-outs
  • To ensure the sustained support of our equity investors, we are committed to paying a dividend of 25% to 35% of normalised earnings

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Our commitment

Employee Charter

Our commitment to Gold Fields Employees…

To be a company you can be proud of

  • We Live our values and deliver on our promises
  • We contribute to building our communities in a way that you can be proud of and we share the value we create with our communities in a way that sustains our business and the environment

To celebrate achievement

  • We celebrate the successes that you as an individual achieve as well as the successes of your team
  • We recognise and reward your performance

To treat you with respect and to work with you to ensure your health and safety

  • We treat you with respect and dignity
  • We provide a safe and healthy work environment so that you can leave work each day to return to your loved ones, and live a well-balanced life

To provide the right development & support for you to succeed

  • When you deliver, we provide you the opportunity to take on new challenges with the right development and support

With your help, to make Gold Fields “the best place to work”

  • Your contribution is critical for us to deliver on this promise
  • We encourage and expect of you to live our values, to work collaboratively, and to do what is best for Gold Fields’ enduring legacy

A Safe, Winning and Productive Team

Society and Community Charter

Our Commitment to Society and Gold Fields’ Host Communities …

To build strong relationships and trust

  • We build strong relationships with key stakeholders, based on trust and open, honest and frequent engagement

To create and share value

  • To ensure that we leave an enduring, positive legacy for the communities in which we operate, we work with our stakeholders (investors, employees, communities and governments) to create “Shared Value”

To measure our actions and impact

  • We commit to put in place measures to gauge how we are performing against our commitments to create “Shared Value”, build communities and reduce our impact on the environment

To deliver against our promises

  • We strive to reach a better understanding of all the relevant issues associated with our business, to co-create and deliver the right commitments to secure and maintain our Social Licence to Operate

The Most Trusted and Valued Mining Partner

Investor Charter

Our Commitment to Gold Fields’ Investors…

To build a quality portfolio of productive mines and assets under exploration and development

  • The quality of our asset portfolio is key to our success. What is most important, however, is our commitment to generate cash on a sustainable basis, in order for us to meet our commitments to all of our stakeholders

To provide superior returns

  • In order to be an appealing long-term investment we will deliver leverage to the gold price and attractive returns relative to our peers and the gold price

To deliver on our commitments

  • We seek to be judged on what we do rather than what we say. We will be clear and transparent on our strategy and the performance of our assets, and focus on achievements rather than on what we intend to do. To protect our credibility and integrity we will only make commitments that we can achieve

A Quality Portfolio of Producing and Growth Assets, Providing Superior Returns on Gold

Our commitment to stakeholders

Employee Charter [PDF - 18kb] Group Employee Value Proposition [PDF - 2mb] Society and Community Charter [PDF - 18kb] Investor Charter [PDF - 18kb] Stakeholder Charters [PDF - 24kb]

Operating model

Our Operating Model and Structure

  • A fit-for-purpose, low-cost, operating model and structure focussed on sustainable cash generation
  • Full operational responsibility & accountability in capable and appropriately resourced regions
  • Corporate office narrowly focussed on group functions: strategy; capital; growth; stakeholders, brand & reputation; policies & standards; compliance & reporting
our operating model and structure
Corporate Office
South African Region
South Deep project
West Africa Region
Australasia Region
St Ives
Granny Smith
South America Region
Cerro Corona

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Global Footprint
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Value creation model

Our value creation model

How Gold Fields creates and distributes value

Gold Fields is able to create and distribute value to its stakeholders by achieving its overarching strategic objective, which is to deliver a sustainable free cash flow margin of 15% at a long-term planning gold price of US$1,300/ oz. This means we will not only invest to achieve this year’s targets but also those in the years to follow.

A wide range of internal and external factors – or inputs - have either had a direct impact on or influenced the development of this strategy. Many of these inputs pose a risk to the Group, and can be directly linked to the top 10 risks on our business risk register, while others are an opportunity.

At a macro level, we continually consider the global geopolitical climate and macroeconomic trends as well as the socio-economic and political environment in the specific jurisdictions where we operate. In recent years, gold price volatility and a decline in prices have had a direct impact on how we steer the business strategically, and currently pose a key business risk. Furthermore, the level of exchange rates in regions in which we operate have a material influence on our business.

Certain factors that are more directly linked to our business include the contributions and expectations of our shareholders, host communities and employees and contractors. The public and fiscal policies of host governments, and their stance on the mining industry, is a further important factor.

Our business uses a number of capitals and resources including natural, manufactured, human, social and financial capital.

All of these inputs come together to inform our strategy, which in turn is executed by:

  • Improving the quality of our portfolio: Having a quality portfolio of assets allows us to generate the cash needed to meet our objectives. A combination of business optimisation and active risk management allows us to grow and improve the portfolio of assets.
  • Focusing on delivery: In addition to having a quality portfolio of assets we also require an absolute focus on delivery. This is enabled by driving a high-performance culture, ensuring we have superior processes in place and employing and retaining the right people in the right jobs.

The successful execution of our strategy results in revenue creation, and from this we are able to deliver value to a number of stakeholders and invest in host communities and countries. We pay interest to financial institutions, salaries to employees, payments to suppliers and taxes and royalties to governments.

Once these payments are made, the net cash remaining is used to reduce our debt, pay dividends to shareholders and invest in growth – three of our most critical strategic objectives.

This entire value generation and distribution process is underpinned by certain non-negotiable fundamentals. These include adherence to our safety ethos of ‘If we cannot mine safely, we will not mine’; securing and maintaining our social licence to operate; meeting our environmental responsibilities; and, ensuring we have the necessary licences in place to meet all regulatory compliances. The Gold Fields values, which inform the way in which we work, also underpin all aspects of our business.

For a graphic illustration of our business model, click here.

Group culture

Our Group Culture and Personality

The Gold Fields culture …

  • Is dynamic, innovative and entrepreneurial
  • “acting like engaged owners and executing with a sense of urgency”
  • “no red tape, bureaucracy, politics, ego or status symbols”
  • “we say what we mean and we mean what we say”
  • “ we strive for excellence and a culture of high performance”
  • Is responsible, accountable and values driven
  • a caring organisation”
  • “responsive, interactive and team oriented”
  • “communicates well”
  • Has spirit and aims to make a difference in everything we do

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Our Vision

To be the global leader in sustainable gold mining

Our Values

  • Safety
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Innovation
  • Delivery

Our Strategic Objective

Sustainable cash generation to underpin value distribution

Our Commitment to Stakeholders

  • A winning, safe and productive team
  • The most trusted and valued mining partner
  • A quality portfolio of assets, providing superior returns on gold

Our Operating Model And Structure

  • A fit-for-purpose, low-cost, operating model and structure focussed on sustainable cash generation
  • Full operational responsibility and accountability in capable and appropriately resourced regions
  • Corporate office narrowly focused only on group functions: strategy; capital; growth; stakeholders, brand and reputation; policies and standards; compliance and reporting

This Is Who We Are, What We Do, and How We Work

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