At Sibanye-Stillwater, we are committed to the highest standards of corporate governance, ethical conduct and regulatory compliance. Strong and effective governance is fundamental to the sustainability of our business and to the creation of enduring value for all our stakeholders. Principled governance, ethical conduct and regulatory compliance across the spectrum of our operations are underpinned and reinforced by our iCARES values – innovation, commitment, accountability, respect, enabling and safety.
Our Board provides effective, responsible and ethical leadership and is committed to ensuring that sound standards of corporate governance guide all that we do. Our goal is to consistently deliver on our purpose while strengthening our position as a leading international precious metals mining company and ensuring we are true to our vision.
We are committed to ensuring that our structures, processes and policies align with applicable laws, international standards and best practices as these evolve and develop globally. We have also embraced the outcomes-based philosophy and principles of the King Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa, 2016 (King IV).
A closer look
Sibanye-Stillwater’s Code of ethics sets out the principles of conduct and ethics to be followed by all company representatives to promote and foster, among other things, honest and ethical conduct in our business practices, compliance with all applicable laws and regulatory requirements, a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, the avoidance of conflicts of interest and ethical dealings with governmental officials, including compliance with all applicable anti-competitive, anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws.
The Code is an essential element of our approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance. The Code is binding upon to all directors, officers and employees of the Sibanye-Stillwater group of companies. In addition, we actively encourage and expect contractors, suppliers and other Group third party business partners to comply with the principles set out in the Code.
The Code contains whistleblower provisions under which concerns regarding actual or suspected violations of the Code or other improper activities may be reported, including on a confidential and anonymous basis, without fear of retaliation. Reported violations are investigated promptly and appropriate disciplinary action taken, including, where warranted, termination of employment or contract and, if the matter is criminal in nature, referral to the appropriate authorities.
The principles of the Code are elaborated further in specific policy statements on ethics and corporate governance, human rights, and sustainable development.
Our Board of Directors is led by an independent non-executive Chairman, supported by a lead independent director. The Board and comprises 13 directors in all, 11 of whom are independent non-executive directors. Our directors understand our business, are committed to our CARES values and Code of Ethics, and actively work together to foster our short- and long-term success. Specific charters setting out roles and responsibilities have been developed for the Board and its standing committees. These are reviewed and revised annually when appropriate.
(Average: 63 years)
The Board is supported by the work of seven standing committees – audit, risk, nominating and governance, remuneration, safety and health, social and ethics and investment – each of which adopts an annual work plan and meets regularly throughout the year.
- Audit committee: Ensures financial sustainability of the Group by monitoring and reviewing financial controls and procedures, as well as the effectiveness and integrity of internal audit and control systems. Appoints independent, external auditor. Oversees regulatory and legislative compliance. The members are Keith Rayner (Chair), Tim Cumming, Savannah Danson, Rick Menell, Nkosemntu Nika, Susan van der Merwe and Sindiswa Zilwa.
- Investment Committee: Established in February 2021, the purpose of this committee is to discharge a pivotal role in guiding and overseeing the allocation of capital and to oversee the Group’s investment activities. The members are Rick Menell (chairman), Keith Rayner, Tim Cumming, Savannah Danson, Harry Kenyon-Slaney, Jerry Vilakazi and Sindiswa Zilwa. This committee meets on an ad hoc basis.
- Nominating and Governance Committee: Develops our approach to matters relating to corporate governance and makes recommendations to the Board on all such matters, while keeping abreast of best practice. Monitors and evaluates effectiveness and composition of the Board and for director and senior executive succession planning. The members are Vincent Maphai (Chair), Richard Menell, Nkosemntu Nika, Keith Rayner, Jeremiah Vilakazi and Susan van der Merwe.
- Remuneration committee: Ensures payment of fair rewards to attract, retain and motivate executive management with the skills and experience necessary to support and sustain the company and its strategy, and evaluates performance in relation to reward. The members are Tim Cumming (Chair), Savannah Danson, Harry Kenyon-Slaney, Vincent Maphai, Nkosemntu Nika and Keith Rayner.
- Risk committee: Ensures Group sustainability by evaluating and overseeing implementation of efficient risk management processes and controls to identify, monitor and mitigate risks and to act on opportunities identified. The members are Rick Menell (Chair), Tim Cumming, Savannah Danson, Dr Elaine Jay Dorward-King, Neal Froneman, Harry Kenyon-Slaney, Keith Rayner, Susan van der Merwe and Sindiswa Zilwa.
- Safety and health committee: Ensures adherence to occupational health and safety laws, regulations and external standards, reviews relevant policy and monitors performance of related key indicators so as to minimise mining-related accidents and their impacts. The members are Harry Kenyon-Slaney (Chair), Savannah Danson, Dr Elaine Dorward-King, Neal Froneman, Rick Menell, Vincent Maphai, Susan van der Merwe and Sindiswa Zilwa.
- Social, ethics and sustainability committee: Supports and assists the Board in ensuring compliance with best practice recommendations relating to the ethical conduct of our stakeholder engagement. Oversees and monitors anti-corruption policy and performance, the company’s standing as a responsible corporate citizen particularly in relation to the Code of Ethics. Monitors compliance in terms of UNGC. The members are Jerry Vilakazi (Chair), Tim Cumming, Dr Elaine Dorward-King, Harry Kenyon-Slaney, Rick Menell, Vincent Maphai, Nkosemntu Nika and Keith Rayner.
- Position statement: Air quality
- Position statement: Biodiversity
- Position statement: Climate change
- Position statement: Energy and decarbonisation
- Position statement: Mineral and non-mineral waste
- Position statement: Water conservation & water demand management/Water stewardship
- Position statement: Water health management
- Policy statement: Tailings stewardship
- Complaints and Grievance Procedure
- BBBEE Verification Certificate 2023
- Human Rights Policy
- Policy statement: Health and safety
- Position statement: Heritage
- Position statement: Indigenous people, host communities and mining
- Position statement: Land management
- Position statement: Partnership for development
- Position statement: Post-Mining socio-economic sustainability and closure
- Position statement: Transparency of mineral revenues
- Policy statement: Security
- Stakeholder Engagement Policy
- Policy statement: Privacy
- Policy statement: Compliance management
- Policy statement: Ethics and corporate governance
- Policy statement: Material stewardship
- Policy statement: Responsible business
- Policy statement: Risk management
- Policy statement: Tax risk management
- Group tax strategy
- Conflict-free Gold Report 2022
- Assurance Report on Sibanye-Stillwater’s Conflict-free Gold Report 2022
- Policy for the responsible sourcing of metals
- Policy statement: responsible sourcing of metals
- Compliance report on responsible sourcing of platinum/palladium, 29 March 2023
- Independent Practitioner’s Limited Assurance Report, 29 March 2023
- Sibanye-Stillwater / Western Platinum (PTY) Ltd Palladium Good Delivery Certificate, 15 August 2023
- Brakpan PMR Responsible Platinum and Palladium Certificate, May 2023
- Brakpan PMR Rhodium Sponge Accreditation Certificate, 12 January 2023
- Brakpan PMR Platinum Sponge Accreditation Certificate, 22 March 2022
- Brakpan PMR Palladium Sponge Accreditation Certificate, 22 March 2022
Code of ethics
- Integrated report 2022 [PDF, 24MB]
- King IV disclosure 2022 [PDF – 107KB]
- Internal audit charter
- Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Members held on Friday, 26 May 2023
- Annual Report on the Implementation of the World Gold Council’s Responsible Gold Mining Principles
Board & committees
- Board charter
- Board: Annual Work Plan 2023
- Audit Committee: Terms of Reference
- Audit Committee: Annual Work Plan 2023
- Investment Committee: Terms of Reference
- Nominating & Governance Committee: Terms of Reference
- Nominating & Governance Committee: Annual Work Plan 2023
- Remuneration Committee: Terms of Reference
- Remuneration Committee: Annual Work Plan 2023
- Risk Committee: Terms of Reference
- Risk Committee: Annual Work Plan 2023
- Safety and Health Committee: Terms of Reference
- Safety and Health Committee: Annual Work Plan 2023
- Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee (SESC): Terms of Reference
- Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee (SESC): Annual Work Plan: 2023