South Deep community work showcased by Human Rights NPO

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Monday, 19 April 2021 |

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South Deep community work showcased by Human Rights NPO

Prestigious non-profit organisation Shift has published an independent case study about South Deep’s innovative approach to continuously improving relationships with our host communities.

Shift is a leading global centre of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The case study is one of three in its Valuing Respect project, a global initiative to better evaluate business respect for human rights.

Click here to read the case study

In the case study
The case study focuses on three assessments conducted by the Community Relations team at South Deep between 2014 and 2019. The goal was to determine host communities’ perceptions and support for the mine. Importantly, the assessments were structured to deliver measurable data to identify specific areas of improvements that could be tracked over time.

South Deep used the Understanding Community Relations Toolkit designed by the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM).

As a result of these assessments:

A novel approach
“Participating in the case study gave us a chance to reflect on and share what we have learnt so far. We hope to provide insights for other companies using data to improve their stakeholder relationships, and also to learn from them,” says Allison Burger, VP: Head of Community Relations.

While the case study focuses on a specific period, assessments are continuing in line with the commitments in the Gold Fields’ Society and Community charter. “Communities are not static – they keep changing, so we need to constantly assess our relationships. During the Covid-19 pandemic we understood where the community needed support because of these relationship assessments.” Harmony Ntlemo, Unit Manager Community Relations at South Deep.

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