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Gold Fields achieves top SA mining company on the 2018 DJSI again

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Global Mining Review,

Leading gold mining company Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields), which is based in Johannesburg (South Africa), has again been ranked the top South African mining company on the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) benchmarking database.

The 2018 DJSI scorecard, which was published yesterday, shows that Gold Fields’ sustainability practices rank with the best of resources companies worldwide. Gold Fields is ranked 4th among around 60 mining companies assessed and the 3rd best global gold company. Gold Fields is also an index component of the DJSI.

Gold Fields has participated in the DJSI assessment, which is carried out by investment firm RobecoSAM on behalf of the DJSI, since 2000. Launched in 1999, the DJSI ranks the performance of global sustainability leaders, through an annual assessment of the world's 4000 largest public companies.

The DJSI measures a range of management practices surrounding economic, environmental and social engagement approaches. These include issues such as commitment to and reporting on corporate governance, climate strategy, water related risks, human rights and social impacts on communities.

CEO of Gold Fields, Nick Holland, commented: "Our continued strong performance on the DJSI shows us that we are on the right track in terms of fully integrating sustainability into our business. But there always will be areas of improvement, particularly in further strengthening our relations with impacted host communities."

"It is essential that the industry’s sustainable business practices incorporate high standards of safety and health practices, sound environmental stewardship and pro-active community engagement, including shared value creation with communities," Holland added.

Head of ESG Ratings at RobecoSAM, Manjit Jus, congratulated Gold Fields for being included in the DJSI. “Companies that compete for a coveted place in the DJSI challenge themselves to continuously improve their sustainability practices and we are pleased to see that the number of companies that commit to achieving measurable positive impacts continue to rise.”

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