IN THIS SECTION
Arrow Overview of Our Performance
Arrow Sustainable Development Policy Statement
Arrow Sustainable Development Framework
Arrow Ethics and Corporate Governance
Arrow Gold Fields’ People
Arrow Risk Management
Arrow Health and Safety
Arrow Environmental Management
Arrow Material Stewardship and Supply Chain Management
Arrow Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Engagement
Arrow Conclusion
Arrow Global Reporting Initiative Reference Table
Arrow Independent Assurance Statement
   
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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY STATEMENT

Gold Fields Limited seeks to operate in a manner that presents a platform for responsible investment. This will be achieved by integrating sustainable development considerations into the decision-making process. The result will be an appropriate balance of the Company’s requirements to perform financially, to strive toward world-class standards in environmental management and to ensure broad social benefit.

To attain the vision, Gold Fields commits to:

  • Undertake its business activities in a manner that is ethical and adheres to sound systems of corporate governance;
  • The development and safeguarding of its social capital and to uphold human rights as they apply to its operations;
  • The deployment of effective risk management strategies;
  • Continually improve its environmental, health and safety performance through formalised management systems and cycles of review;
  • Contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and to design and develop appropriate postmining land uses in consultation with host communities and governments;
  • The implementation of best practice with regard to material stewardship and supply chain management and to encourage or require, where practical, business partners, contractors and suppliers to adopt similar objectives;
  • Investment in and supporting the socio-economic development of communities that are affected by its activities;
  • Actively engage and communicate with all stakeholders in a manner that is open and participative; and
  • Embark on a regular review of its processes and performance to ensure adherence to these commitments.

Employees of Gold Fields Limited are expected to play a fundamental role in achieving these commitments by:

  • Integrating sustainable development principles into everyday practice; and
  • Acting proactively and adhering to the Group’s sustainable development policy.

In keeping with our past practices of reporting on materiality, we have again tailored the sustainable development section of this report in accordance with our sustainable development framework and associated issues that are material or significant. The company has an established culture of stakeholder engagement and it is through the outcomes of such engagements that materiality is often determined. Stakeholder engagement in the Group is extensive and is part of our daily activities. Stakeholder groups include:

  • Employees and business partners;
  • Industry and trade associations;
  • Local communities;
  • Non Governmental Organisations;
  • Research institutions;
  • Academia;
  • Media;
  • Global communities; and
  • Regulatory authorities.