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ERM Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (ERM) was engaged by Gold Fields to provide assurance in relation to selected Mining Charter information set out below and presented in Gold Fields' 2019 Integrated Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2019 ('the Report') for the South Deep Joint Venture.
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ERM CVS' assurance methodology based on the International Standard on Assurance Engagements ISAE 3000 (Revised)
Reasonable assurance for all Subject Matters
Gold Fields is responsible for preparing the Report, including the collection and presentation of the selected sustainability information within it, in accordance with the reporting criteria, the design, implementation and maintenance of related internal controls, and for the integrity of its website.
ERM's responsibility is to provide an opinion on the selected information based on the evidence we have obtained and exercising our professional judgement.
We planned and performed our work to obtain all the information and explanations that we believe were necessary to reduce the risk of material misstatement to low and therefore provide a basis for our assurance opinion. A multi-disciplinary team of sustainability, Mining Charter and assurance specialists performed the assurance activities, including, among others:
In our opinion, the selected Mining Charter performance information set out in Table 2 for the year ended 31 December 2019 is prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the reporting criteria.
We have provided Gold Fields with a separate detailed management report. Without affecting the opinion presented above, we have the following observations:
The reliability of the assured data is subject to inherent uncertainties given the methods for determining, calculating or estimating the underlying information. It is important to understand our assurance opinions in this context. Our independent assurance statement provides no assurance on the maintenance and integrity of the Gold Fields’ website, including controls used to achieve this integrity, and in particular, whether any changes may have occurred to the information since it was first published.
Review Partner, ERM CVS, London
|27 March 2020|
ERM Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg, South Africa
ERM Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd and ERM Certification and Verification Services (CVS) are members of the ERM Group. Our work complies with the requirements of ERM’s Global Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (available at https://erm.com/global-code). Further, ERM CVS is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and its operating system is designed to comply with ISO 17021:2011. Our assurance processes are designed and implemented to ensure that the work we undertake with clients is free from bias and conflict of interest (refer to both the above mentioned Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, and the ERM CVS Independence and Impartiality Policy available at http://www.ermcvs.com/our-services/policies/independence/). The ERM and ERM CVS staff that have undertaken work on this assurance engagement provide no consultancy related services to Gold Fields in any respect related to the subject matter assured.