Promoting diversity and inclusion
The Forum held its first Diversity and Inclusion virtual conference in 2020, with 10 presenters, updating employees from sites around the world on diversity and inclusion work in their regions among other topics.
It is important all stakeholders feel heard and understood and we should strive for a oneness in diversity, while acknowledging challenges. We have the targeted aspiration of building a diverse and inclusive workforce, aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the Global Compact. We have clearly defined priorities and actions for the next two to five years, with associated implementation guidelines.
Andrea Maxey, VP: Corporate Affairs & Community Management, from AngloGold Ashanti Australia, talked about the participation in the Perth, Pride Parade, the Pride in Diversity Mentoring Programme and awareness sessions. As well as on understanding the business case for LBGTQ inclusion in the workplace.
Wosiela Bobie, Snr Manager Human Resources, Obuasi, updated us on work being carried out at the Obuasi Redevelopment Project in Ghana. Initiatives include: internal mentorship programmes at AGAG, moves to increase the number of women recruited, partnering with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Mines and Technology to increase the number of female graduates and working with local community girls’ schools and special needs schools.
In Brazil, Joana Moreira, Snr Analyst Human Resources at AGA Brazil told the conference that across their mines more female facilities had been opened and now women had the option of wearing uniforms of trousers and shirts rather than jump suits. These may seem small steps, but they are of great significance for the women who work at these sites. Also, among other initiatives, Brazil has set up what it has called an ‘infinity group’ on diversity and inclusion. It has 20 members with representatives from all sites. The group will discuss accessibility, solutions and adoption of measures to promote inclusion.