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Johannesburg, 28 January 2021: Gold Fields (JSE, NYSE: GFI) is pleased to announce that it is one of 380 companies globally included in the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI). The company achieved an average GEI score of 69%, above the 66% average of other companies included in the index.
Companies in the GEI are recognised for their efforts in achieving workplace gender equality and their disclosure of key gender equality metrics. This is the third year in a row that Gold Fields has been listed in the GEI, which measures gender policies across five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand.
'Gender and diversity have become increasingly important to Gold Fields, and while we recognise that work still remains to be done, we are proud of what has been achieved to date,' says Rosh Bardien, Gold Fields EVP: People and Organisational Effectiveness.
Across its global workforce, 20% of Gold Fields employees are women (2019: 20%), with 21% of management positions held by females (2019: 19%). Over half of female employees at Gold Fields occupy core mining roles.
Building a diverse and inclusive workforce is one of the key ESG strategies pursued by Gold Fields. 'ESG issues are firmly embedded in the company, integrated across all areas of the business. Gender equality policies and practices are key to achieving the company's long-term sustainability, while transparent reporting of gender-related data in the GEI offers investors a level of assurance that we are on the right track,' says Bardien.
Participation in the GEI is voluntary and carries no cost. More information on the GEI can be found at www.bloomberg.com/gei/about.