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Johannesburg, 8 September 2017: Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) (JSE, NYSE: GFI) has again been ranked the top South African mining company on the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) benchmarking database.
The 2017 DJSI benchmarking database, which was published this week, shows that Gold Fields’ sustainability practices rank with the best of resources companies worldwide. Gold Fields is ranked 4th in terms of all 58 mining companies on the DJSI and the 3rd best global gold company.
Gold Fields has participated in the DJSI assessment, which is carried out by investment firm RobecoSAM on behalf of the DJSI, since 2000. Launched in 1999, the DJSI ranks the performance of global sustainability leaders, through an annual assessment of the world's 4,000 largest public companies.
The DJSI measures a range of management practices surrounding economic, environmental and social engagement approaches. These include issues such as commitment to and reporting on corporate governance, climate strategy, water related risks, human rights and social impacts on communities.
Gold Fields’ rating is within five percentage points of the mining sector leader, US-based Newmont Mining.
"We track our performance on the DJSI as a guide to areas of improvement as we strive to be the global leader in sustainable gold mining. While there continue to be areas of improvement, particularly in further strengthening our relations with impacted host communities, our high ranking shows that we are on the right course," says Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland.
"It is essential that the industry’s sustainable business practices need to incorporate high standards of safety and health practices, sound environmental stewardship and pro-active community engagement, including shared value creation with communities," Holland adds.