SUSTAINABILITY Governance, standards and guidelines
Gold Fields fully supports the fact that tailings must be responsibly managed. Our vision and values underpin our desire to prevent impacts to human health and safety, the environment, and infrastructure.
The development and implementation of a tailings management system are essential to effective governance of tailings management, one of the foundations of safe tailings management, the implementation of best engineering practice, and integrated mine planning.
At Gold Fields, tailings management plans involve developing documents and plans related to tailings management and updating these documents and procedures as appropriate throughout the lifecycle, in alignment with corporate policy. This includes developing and updating as appropriate:
Gold Fields is committed to an integrated approach to mine planning, which is essential to safe tailings management. Integrated mine planning involves the full integration of planning across the lifecycle of all aspects that can impact the project conception, design, construction, operation, and closure of tailings facilities, including:
Integrated mine planning includes developing and updating as appropriate:
At Gold Fields, performance evaluation includes results of surveillance and reviews, both internal and independent, to evaluate:
At Gold Fields, the results and recommendations arising from performance evaluations are documented and reported every quarter to senior management and the Board, as assurance is a critical component of performance evaluation.
Gold Fields has developed guidance notes that define the minimum requirements for:
Gold Fields is committed to the safe, stable, and sustainable operation of their TSFs, and to achieve this, the Group TSF Management Guideline has been compiled to guide each operation. The Guideline also incorporates the 2016 International Council on Mining and Metals' (ICMM's) tailings position statement and a set of specific assessment criteria.
The Guideline comprises Part A and Part B;
Part A issued by Gold Fields corporate office consists of generic leading practices and principles which must be adhered to during the life cycle of all TSFs in the Group.
This part of the Guideline consists of the core directives, also known as the "17 Principles".
Part B is a leading practice surveillance guideline for mines to consider when developing or reviewing their standards and procedures for the safe operation and maintenance of TSFs.
In addition, the management and Board of Gold Fields have a comprehensive Integrated and Combined Assurance process in place, which, in the case of TSFs, consists of a minimum 3-yearly independent review of all TSFs. The review covers all operational, sustainable development, and legal aspects.