Gold Fields (GFI) has been ranked third in the mining index of the 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)‚ the most recognised measure of the sustainability performance of listed companies worldwide. In 2011 Gold Fields ranked 4th.
The DJSI performance‚ which was released at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday‚ indicates that Gold Fields’ sustainability practices rank with the best of resources companies worldwide.
Gold Fields is rated the top global gold company on the DJSI and the highest ranked SA-listed and domiciled mining company‚ the gold miner said in a statement.
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 3200 largest public companies.
Among other factors‚ it measures management practices surrounding economic‚ environmental and social engagement approaches.
Gold Fields 84 percent rating - up from 81 percent in 2011 - qualifies it for a Silver Class award as it is within two percentage points of the mining sector leader Anglo American (AGL).
"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‚" said Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland.