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Sustainability Performance

Our performance on the following selected key sustainability performance indicators (KPi's) was externally assured by KPMG for the Gold Fields 2016 Integrated Annual Report.

We seek to continuously improve our performance in all areas of sustainability. All our KPi's are reasonably assured. Reasonable assurance provides the highest level of confidence to our key stakeholders that the sustainability performance indicators are fairly stated.


Parameter Level of assurance Management figure
Total CO2 equivalent emissions, scope 1 – 3 (in tonnes) Reasonable 1,963,759 tonnes
Electricity (MWh) Reasonable 1,400,422MWh
Number of environmental incidents – Level 3 and above Reasonable 3 incidents
Total water withdrawal (Mℓ) Reasonable 30,321Mℓ
Diesel (kℓ) Reasonable 183,497kℓ
Total water recycled/re-used per annum (Mℓ) Reasonable 44,274Mℓ
Water intensity (kℓ withdrawn per ounce of gold produced) Reasonable 30,321,160kℓ / 2,218,873
= 13.67
Total energy consumed (GJ)/total tonnes mined Reasonable 11,696,447GJ / 185,102,637
= 0.06
Total energy consumed (GJ)/ounce of gold produced Reasonable 11,696,447GJ / 2,218,873
= 5.27


Parameter Level of assurance Management figure
Number of cases of Silicosis reported Reasonable 7 cases
Number of cases of Noise Induced Hearing Loss reported Reasonable 9 cases
Cardio Respiratory Tuberculosis (number of new cases reported) Reasonable 35 cases
Number of cases of Malaria tested positive per annum Reasonable 514 positive cases
Number of South African and West African employees in the HAART programme (cumulative) Reasonable 354 employees
Percentage of South African and West African workforce on the voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) programme Reasonable 4,670 people on VCT /
13,450 people = 34.72%


Parameter Level of assurance Management figure
TRIFR1 Reasonable 124 TRIs / 54,669,196 hours
= 2.27
Number of fatalities Reasonable One
1 Per million hours worked, including employees and contractors.


Parameter Level of assurance Management figure
Total socio-economic development (SED) spend in US Dollars2 Reasonable $16,190,509.50
2 Our SED definition has been aligned to the World Gold Council definition, which excludes employee-related SED spend, and includes the SED spend from the South Deep Education and Community Trusts as well as the Westonaria Community Trust. In addition, SED spend from exploration is included

Mining Charter

Parameter   Level of assurance Management figure
Employment equity        
Percentage HDSAs in Management:3   Reasonable Mining Rights Holder (including white females)6 Mining Rights Holder (excluding white females)
– Top management (Board level)4     Top: 50% Top: 50%
– Senior Management (Exco)5     Senior: 60% Senior: 50%
– Middle Management     Middle: 60% Middle: 57%
– Junior Management     Junior: 54% Junior: 51%
– Core and critical skills     Core: 71% Core: 68%
      Total: 70% Total: 67%
      Mining Rights Holder + Corporate Office (including white females)5 Mining Rights Holder + Corporate Office (excluding white females)
      Top: 43% Top: 36%
      Senior: 50% Senior: 39%
      Middle: 60% Middle: 47%
      Junior: 59% Junior: 52%
      Core: 71% Core: 68%
      Total: 69% Total: 66%
Housing and Living Conditions        
Maintenance of the conversion rate of hostels to ensure an occupancy rate of one person per room   Reasonable 0.93 employee to hostel room ratio  
Number of houses built as part of home ownership scheme   Reasonable 150 houses  
Skills and development        
HRD expenditure as a percentage of total annual payroll (excluding mandatory skills development levy)   Reasonable 9.65%  
Number of bursaries/scholarships provided   Reasonable 20 bursars  
Research and development initiatives supported   Reasonable Number of initiatives: 0
Percentage of South African institutions: 0%
Expenditure: R0
Local Economic Development (LED)        
Rand value spent on LED projects in the SLP in the current reporting year   Reasonable R11,311,370  
Procurement and Enterprise Development        
Procurement spend from BEE entities (in line with the Mining Charter categories of capital goods, services and consumable goods)   Reasonable Capital goods: 89%
Services: 81%
Consumable goods: 83%
Total procurement spend from BEE entities (BBSEEC, 2010)   Reasonable BEE procurement spend: R2,174,927,226
Total procurement spend: R2,574,454,835
Annual spend on procurement from multi-national suppliers: Contribution to the social fund   Reasonable 0.77%  
Sustainable Development and Growth        
Percentage of samples in South African facilities   Reasonable 100%  
Implementation of approved EMPs (defined as per the categories contained in the on-line Mining Charter submission template to the DMR)   Reasonable 100%  
Implementation of the tripartite action plan on health and safety (Defined as per the categories contained in the on-line Mining Charter submission template to the DMR)   Reasonable 86%  
3 The calculations exclude contractors and temporary employees
4 For the Mining Rights Holder it includes the board members of Gold Fields Operations Limited and GFI Joint Venture Holdings (Pty) Ltd (South Deep Joint Venture) and for the combined Mining Rights Holder and Corporate Office view, the Gold Fields Ltd. board member
5 For the Mining Rights Holder it includes members of both the South Africa Regional Exco and the South Deep Mine Exco and for Corporate Office it includes the members of the Group Executive Committee, but exclude Executive Directors at board level
6 Reportable in terms of the BBSEEC (2010)

Our mining charter scorecard is displayed in our Integrated Annual Report 2016.