The aim is to go beyond what we are compelled or legislated to do, and embrace diversity across all our sites. We have thousands of employees, and understanding and respecting diversity is one of our key values.
The framework has 10 key pillars, including organisational culture and management style, and was devised following global gender assessments across all operations to determine regional diversity needs. It is aligned with the principles of the UNGC and our group objectives, and highlights the importance of fostering the empowerment of all staff, irrespective of race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.
In South Africa, 33% of leadership roles in the business are held by women, roughly double the representation across the global AngloGold Ashanti workforce. The Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee of the Board sponsors the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, currently focusing on promoting gender equality globally. This entails understanding legislation in each country, the needs of women, and the barriers to joining a mining company across our global footprint. We initiated projects such as our global gender assessments, unconscious bias workshops, and mentoring programme during the course of 2019.
One initiative underway to help in achieving diversity is unconscious bias awareness training, which AngloGold Ashanti views as an ongoing process. The company’s leadership teams were the first to receive training, which is now being rolled out across the business.
In another boost for the diversity and inclusion programme, AngloGold Ashanti has been included in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender Equity Index (GEI). The GEI looks at several metrics that companies report on, including whether women are likely to remain employed at companies following parental leave (82%), the availability of on-site lactation rooms (69%) and the sponsorship of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education programmes for women (64%). AngloGold Ashanti is one of 325 companies headquartered across 42 countries and regions that is included in the index. The GEI tracks the financial performance of public companies committed to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation and transparency. This lays a strong foundation for the company to improve its efforts towards promoting gender equity, diversity and inclusion.