Our Approach

Northern Star’s approach is to create sustainable and profitable value for our shareholders and other stakeholders through ongoing review and improvement of our environmental, social and governance performance. We aim to achieve this by identifying, managing and mitigating risks and impacts from our operations while delivering superior outcomes for our shareholders, our people, our communities, and our natural environment.

Our approach to sustainability is underpinned by our STARR Core Values and framed by our governance structures and systems. Our STARR Core Values, together with our Code of Conduct and our Group policies, are fundamental to the sustainability of our operations. They are integral to the working lives of all our employees and operations, and they define what it means to work at Northern Star. They are at the heart of our culture and the way we do business.

Our commitment to improving our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance is clearly demonstrated through the business wide ESG targets and KPIs that we set ourselves and through our ESG performance targets forming significant proportions of our leadership team’s remuneration.

By monitoring and tracking local to global ESG developments and priorities, we ensure that we remain informed and able to proactively respond to our stakeholders and the ESG issues important to them. We do this using a range of approaches including sector, industry and peer benchmarking and gap analyses, stakeholder and investor surveys, and employee ESG focus groups.

We have in the past engaged a leading strategic communications firm to benchmark our ESG performance against that of our peers and provide us with guidance for improving our performance and ESG disclosures. We also completed gap analyses of our sustainability reporting against the SASB and GRI Standards, and against the Climate Action 100+ disclosure indicators. As a result, we have significantly increased the performance metrics our reports and will continue to aim for best practice in our Sustainability Report disclosures.

We are committed to transparently reporting our ESG performance and to act on areas identified for improvement. 

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Northern Star regularly considers and reviews future disclosure opportunities, including reporting frameworks and standards for Company alignment. This ensures that the priorities of our stakeholders are considered when we define our material topics and update our approach.

To ensure that we continue to strengthen the quality and breadth of our disclosures, we regularly assess our voluntary reporting against the disclosure topics and gold industry material topics defined by key voluntary reporting standard and frameworks. This provides an understanding of our stakeholders' primary focus areas.

We then transparently disclose information which allow our stakeholders to assess and compare our sustainability performance.

Voluntary Alignments

Northern Star continuously reviews and assesses industry disclosure frameworks for applicability to our operations.  We have voluntarily elected to report against several ESG frameworks to ensure transparency in our reporting processes, consistency and quality of data disclosures, relevance, and timeliness of content, and to ensure we address the priorities of our stakeholders.

In addition to our voluntary alignments, Northern Star also actively participates in other disclosures, including:

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In conjunction with these ratings, we have continued to focus on the quality and availability of our own ESG metrics to allow transparency in the information we provide to our stakeholders in the most up to date format. We use the outcomes of these assessments to change or improve how we disclose our performance in ESG and consider what further steps we can take which will benefit the business and improve our ESG performance. Being aligned to and reporting against the SASB, TCFD, CDP and GRI Standards, Northern Star is well placed to report against the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Standards when they are adopted through the ISSB's consolidation of the SASB, GRI and TCFD reporting requirements.


Our materiality assessment incorporated consideration of impacts that are potentially material to our industry according to GRI and SASB; changing regulatory and socioeconomic influences; input from employee surveys and ESG engagement sessions; results from social impact assessments and community feedback, and commentary from anonymous investor interviews conducted by an independent third party.

The Company’s baseline Materiality Matrix forms the basis for an ongoing biannual review process that will be used to continuously improve our disclosures, strategic action plans, and stakeholder engagement programs.

Northern Star's FY23 Materiality Matrix

Our Stakeholders

Northern Star is committed to ongoing positive stakeholder collaboration and engagement. Our corporate governance framework adopted by the Board of Directors includes key policy documents which set out Northern Star’s standards for stakeholder engagement. Some of these are included in the Northern Star inductions completed by all employees and contractors, to guide all decisions on our sites.

Engaging with our stakeholders provides an opportunity to share information about our current and proposed operations, and to develop a deeper understanding and awareness of their needs and aspirations. Making informed and shared business decisions ensures that we continue to pursue mutually beneficial outcomes that increase the long-term sustainability of both Northern Star and the communities and regions in which we operate.

Stakeholder engagement happens simultaneously at many levels within the Company, and at corporate, regional and site level. We are active leaders and members in industry representative bodies, including:

An overview of our approach to engaging with our core stakeholder groups is provided in our Stakeholder Engagement Summary.

Our Sustainability Journey

Our Achievements FY18 – FY22

Climate change actions:

  • Commenced our phased alignment with TCFD recommendations
  • Establishment & expansion of Carosue Dam solar farm
  • Announced Net Zero Ambition for Scope 1 & 2 Emissions by 2050
  • Planned decarbonisation pathways to achieve 35% reduction in operational Scope 1 & 2 Emissions by 2030
  • Disclosure of climate change related risks & opportunities
  • Inclusion of Scope 3 Emissions reporting

Water & biodiversity stewardship actions:

  • Identified two butterfly species thought to be previously extinct in the Goldfields
  • Completed detailed environmental offset studies for Malleefowl
  • Potable water conservation program at KCGM, and thickener installations across several sites

Internal & External Disclosures:

  • Annual Sustainability Reporting with reference to GRI and SASB
  • Improved Donations and Sponsorship programme and annual budget increase
  • ESG metrics included in the STI, LTI and KPIs
  • Annual Modern Slavery Statement
  • Annual Workplace Gender and Equality Report
  • Annual Corporate Governance Statement
  • Performance Data Tables
  • Integrated GRI, SASB, UNSDG index

Strengthened ESG related policies, standards and performance including the release of:

  • Climate Change Policy
  • Human Rights Policy
  • Supplier Code of Conduct

Benchmarking and alignment activities:

  • Alignment with the UNSDGs
  • Benchmarking of our ESG activities

Focus on ESG in our supply chain through:

  • Supply chain risk analysis project commenced
  • Ongoing modern slavery surveys
  • External audits of designated suppliers’ facilities
  • Release of our Modern Slavery Response Protocol

Strengthened our internal ESG resources and capabilities through the:

  • Recruitment of a Chief Technical Officer to increase sustainable operational efficiencies
  • Recruitment of a Group Manager - Audit & Risk
  • Establishment of a dedicated ESG Engagement team
  • Expansion of our internal environmental team
  • Rollout of new Modern Slavery Awareness
  • Training, Safety Leadership Training, new Cultural Awareness Training

Increasing our engagement with key stakeholder groups:

  • Stakeholder materiality assessment
  • Performance data tables
  • Participation in CDP, DJSI (S&P Global), Sustainalytics, VE Connect, MSCI, and ISS
  • Employee ESG focus groups
  • ESG questions included in our employee culture survey
  • Priority focus on physical and mental wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

Our Achievements Plans for FY23 – FY30+

Climate change planned actions:

  • Q1 of FY23 we are forecasting an increase in power consumption demand at our Thunderbox Operations as a result of an expansion project.
    Consideration for this additional demand has formed part of our 35% Scope 1 and 2 Emissions Reduction target by 2030
  • Q3 of FY24 we anticipate commissioning approximately 20 MW of renewables behind the meter (BTM) at Jundee Operations
  • Q2 of FY25 we anticipate commissioning approximately 20 MW of renewables at Pogo Operations, either via grid or grid renewable energy
  • Q4 of FY25 we anticipate commissioning approximately 20 MW of renewables BTM at our Thunderbox Operations
  • Q2 of FY26 we anticipate commissioning approximately 35-70 MW of wind renewables at KCGM Operations via the grid
  • Q3 of FY27 we anticipate commissioning approximately 65-100 MW renewables project BTM at our KCGM Operations
  • TCFD alignment continues
  • Financial qualification of our climate change related risks
  • Investigations into mobile fleet Emission Reductions
  • Establishment of high-quality carbon offsets

Water & biodiversity stewardship actions:

  • Additional water conservation programs across sites
  • Establishment of environmental offsets (malleefowl)
  • Funding research on biodiversity initiatives

Continue internal & external disclosures through:

  • Sustainability Reporting aligned with ISSB recommendations
  • Continued community investment Programs
  • Ongoing use of ESG KPIs in STI and LTI remuneration
  • Annual Modern Slavery Statement
  • Annual Workplace Gender and Equality Report
  • Annual Corporate Governance Statement

Focus on ESG in our supply chain through:

  • Responsible sourcing & improve ESG supplier screening
  • Ongoing modern slavery risk analysis and audits of suppliers
  • Increasing Indigenous procurement in our supply chain

Benchmarking and alignment activities:

  • Preparation for ISSB proposed consolidation of the SASB, GRI and TCFD reporting requirements
  • Ongoing benchmarking & improvements of our ESG performance

Strengthening our internal ESG resources capabilities through:

  • Implementing additional systems around HR, ESG engagement and risk management

Increasing our ESG communication internally and externally through:

  • New website and intranet ESG information
  • STARR Core Actions program
  • Ongoing focus on employee health and wellbeing
  • Continued focus on safety, critical risk controls, hazard identification and control, and safety leadership

Our Future Plans Beyond FY30+

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