SUSTAINABILITY International standards and principles

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:


    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


    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.


    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)


    King IV – The Board has adopted the principles on good corporate governance contained in the King IV Code of Governance Principles for South Africa. For a full report on Gold Fields’ compliance with the King IV principles click here


    GRI Standards – Our reporting is guided by the internationally recognised Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Standards Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, including the Mining and Metals Sector Supplement


    RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook – The yearbook is the world’s most comprehensive publication on corporate sustainability. In 2019 Gold Fields qualified for inclusion in the yearbook for its excellent sustainability performance and leadership in its sector. RobecoSAM, whose methodology is also used in the assessment of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, was bought by S&P Global in 2019.


    AA1000 – All of our mines identify, prioritise and engage relevant stakeholder groups in accordance with the AA1000 stakeholder engagement principles, together will Gold Fields community policy Guideline Handbook the Community Relations and Stakeholder Engagement guidelines and handbook

  • EITI

    EITI – We support the principles and processes of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) through our membership of the ICMM. Our EITI supporting company form can be viewed on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative website

  • ISO

    Gold Fields and its operations subscribe to a number of standards issued by the International Standards Organisation (ISO). These are (with the mines not yet certified in brackets): ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard (Gruyere); ISO 45001 Safety Management Standard (South Deep); ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard (new standard, Cerro Corona, Damang and Tarkwa certified to date); ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems Standard.


    ICMC – All of our eligible operations are fully compliant with the requirements of the International Cyanide Management Code

  • TCFD

    In 2018, Gold Fields became the second Johannesburg Stock Exchange Limited (JSE)-listed company in South Africa (and the first mining company) to publicly back the United Nations (UN)-endorsed recommendations of the TCFD. The FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has developed voluntary climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies in providing information to investors and other stakeholders. This submission replaced our annual submission under the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

  • SASB

    In 2020, as part of Gold Fields’ GRI reporting, we reported in line with SASB standards for the first time to better identify, manage, and communicate financially material sustainability risks and opportunities. A specific focus is our growing US investor base.

  • CDP Water Disclosure Project

    CDP works with water security motivates companies to disclose their water-related data and policies and reduce their environmental. The data CDP collects helps influential decision makers, in particular investors and consumers, to reduce risk, capitalise on opportunities and drive action towards a more sustainable world. Gold Fields has been submitting under the project since 2011