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Sustainability Performance

Our performance on the following selected key sustainability performance indicators (KPi's) was externally assured by ERM for the Gold Fields 2017 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.

The definition of Assurance KPIs are contained in the PDF below.
KPI Assurance Definition [PDF - 86KB]


Parameter Unit Reported 2017 data
Total CO2 equivalent emissions, Scope 1‐3 Tonnes 1,959,035
Electricity purchased MWh 1,366,086
Diesel KL 188,140
Total energy consumed/total tonnes mined GJ/total tonnes mined 0.058 (12,178,119.73 GJ/ 208,520,018.06 tonnes)
Total energy consumed/ounces of gold produced GJ/ounces of gold produced 5.46 (12,178,119.73 GJ/ 2,232,443.05 ounces)
Total water withdrawal ML 32,985
Total water recycled/re‐used per annum ML 43,289
Water intensity KL withdrawn/ounces of gold produced 14.78 (32,985,196.00 KL/ 2,232,443.05 ounces)
Number of environmental incidents ‐ Level 3 and above Number of incidents 2 incidents


Parameter Unit Reported 2017 data
Number of cases of Silicosis reported Number of cases 11 cases
Number of cases of Noise Induced Hearing Loss reported Number of cases 5 cases
Cardio Respiratory (Tuberculosis) Number new cases reported 21 cases
Number of cases of Malaria tested positive per annum Number of positive cases 409 positive cases
Number of South African and West African employees in the HAART programme (cumulative) Number of employees 370 employees
Percentage of South African and West African workforce on the voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) programme Percentage of workforce 40.01%


Parameter Unit Reported 2017 data
Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) Number of TRIs/manhours 2.42 (138 TRIs/57,099,862 manhours)
Number of fatalities Number 3


Parameter Unit Reported 2017 data
Total socio-economic development (SED) spend US$ $17,486 797.51
Percentage of host community employment % 40.42%
Percentage of host community procurement spend % 44.62%
Total value created and distributed US$ $2,850,000,000.00

Mining Charter

Parameter   Unit Reported 2017 data
Housing and living conditions      
Occupancy rate of one person per room   Ratio (employee:hostel room) 0.91 employees to hostel room ratio
Percentage conversion of hostels into family units   Percentage (%) 100%

Procurement and enterprise development

Parameter   Unit Reported 2017 data
Procurement spend from BEE1 entity   Capital goods (%)

    Services (%) 83%
    Consumable goods (%) 88%
Total procurement spend on BEE1 entities   Total BEE procurement spend (R) R2,105,058,754.24
    Total procurement spend (R) R2,501,786,063.86
    Number of BEE entities with valid BEE credentials (n) 416 entities
Annual spend on procurement from multi-national suppliers:
Contribution set aside/allocated by the mining right holders
  Percentage (%) 0.86%

Employment equity

Parameter   Unit Reported 2017 data
HDSAs2 in management   Top (Board) (%) 33%
    Senior (Exco) (%) 88%
    Middle (%) 58%
    Junior (%) 49%
    Core skills (%) 73%

Human resource development (HRD)

Parameter Unit Reported 2017 data
HRD expenditure as a percentage of total annual payroll (excluding mandatory skills development levy) Percentage (%) 10%

Mine community development

Parameter Unit Reported 2017 data
Total LED3 spend for the year and LED spend per SLP4 project in the current year Total LED spend (R) R6 296 197.27
Up to date implementation of approved community projects Percentage (%) implementation of (each) project 90%

Sustainable development and growth

Parameter Unit Reported 2017 data
Approved EMP5 implementation Percentage (%) 100%
Tripartite action plan on health and safety implementation Percentage (%) 86%
Percentage of samples in South African facilities Percentage (%) 100%

1 Black Economic Empowerment
2 Historically Disadvantaged South African
3 Local Economic Development
4 Social and Labour Plan
5 Environmental Management Programme

Our mining charter scorecard is displayed in our Integrated Annual Report 2017.