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Gold Fields recognised as one of the top-three mining companies in the DJSI

In 2012, Gold Fields achieved the 3rd highest position in the mining index in the 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) – the most recognised measure of the sustainability performance of listed companies worldwide. This compares to the 4th highest position in 2011.

This means Gold Fields was the top-rated gold mining company in the world, as well as the highest ranked South African mining company. Furthermore, Gold Fields score of 84% (2011: 81%) qualified it for a Silver Class award – meaning it is within two percentage points of the mining sector leader, UK-based Anglo American.

This is the second time that Gold Fields has participated in the DJSI assessment, which is carried out by investment firm RobecoSAM on behalf of the DJSI. Launched in 1999, the DJSI ranks the performance of global sustainability leaders through an annual assessment of the world’s 3,200 largest public companies. Among other factors, it measures management practices in relation to economic, environmental and social performance.

Particular areas of strength identified by RobecoSAM in 2012 included:

  • Economic dimension: Transparency, supply chain management, risk and crisis management
  • Environmental dimension: Environmental policy/management system, biodiversity management
  • Social dimension: Enablement of local development, management of security forces, social impacts on communities, stakeholder engagement

Gold Fields has conducted a comprehensive gap analysis of its 2012 DJSI performance – as part of an ongoing process that will be completed on an annual basis. This has resulted in a defined set of actions aimed at further enhancing our sustainability management proficiency. We plan to implement these in 2013 and beyond.

“A strong performance in the DJSI is a milestone on our journey to leadership in sustainable gold mining, so our improved ranking shows that we are making good progress.”

Nick Holland, Gold Fields Chief Executive Officer