Gold Fields acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are Australia’s First Peoples and the traditional land-owners and custodians of the land on which we work.
The substantial value that diversity brings to the business is equally important with regard to Indigenous Australians, particularly in understanding the cultural heritage in the areas that we operate.
Given the remote location of our mines, our stakeholder engagement plans are appropriately focused on Indigenous members. We actively encourage the participation from Indigenous Australians in our business through heritage surveys, but also through the provision of cultural awareness training to our workforce.
We further support our Indigenous communities with scholarships that are provided through the Gold Fields Australia Foundation. These scholarships are not exclusive to the mining industry and the programme has enjoyed a 100 percent success rate.
The Foundation also contributes to a number of exciting research and development projects for improving health care in remote communities and educational projects aimed at enhancing our local talent pool.
Currently, the participation of Indigenous Australians in our workforce is largely representative of the demographics of the region and we would like to continue to build upon this position as we recognise the valuable source of talent in our Indigenous communities.
Increasing the Indigenous participation in our workforce would realise significant value to the business through unique skills, knowledge, perspectives and experiences.
Underscored by a common goal of creating shared benefits to those associated with our efforts, it means our people, the ecosystems in which we operate, and the rapport we have with our local and indigenous communities, is of the highest respect.