Today is International Women’s Day, a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. As part of Newmont’s journey to becoming an industry-leader in global inclusion and diversity, we are focused on leveraging the existing diversity of our workforce with an initial goal of also increasing the representation of women, nationals, local-local and indigenous peoples.
In 2014, business resource groups (BRGs) were introduced as part of our global inclusion and diversity strategy. Through these employee-led, executive-sponsored formal structures, employees foster the exchange of ideas, advocate for change, and often identify and provide solutions to important workplace matters such as engagement, professional development and policies.
Among the 17 global BRGs focused on promoting idea exchange and diversity of thought are the Women & Allies (W&A) networks. With the exception of Suriname (which has plans to formalize its W&A group in the coming months), each of our operating regions has established a networking group geared toward increasing recognition and awareness of the issues and challenges affecting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
In 2016, the W&A Ahafo, Akyem and Accra BRGs were formally launched in Ghana and have made great strides toward a more inclusive workplace, helping to establish a lactation facility for nursing mothers at the Ahafo operation, partnering with Breast Care International to raise funds for breast cancer screening, and collaborating with the Ghana Institution of Engineers to mentor girls in the Ashanti Region.
The Denver W&A group established partnerships with the Women’s Consultative Committee in Ghana, a 95-member committee made up of local female representatives, and also raised over $3,500 which was matched by Newmont to support the work of the WCC. The Group also supported the Denver-based Bean Project, a non-profit that provides transitional training for chronically unemployed and impoverished women, to support women in the communities where we operate. The Lunch with leader sessions introduced at the corporate offices where an employee favourite for knowing more about our board and executive leadership team and their personal take on inclusion and diversity.
Beatrice Opoku-Asare, Newmont’s Director, Global Inclusion and Diversity, is excited about the work of W&A and the momentum of all BRGs in general, and stresses the critical role that allies play in creating an inclusive workplace for everyone. “The majority can leverage their unique position as enabling allies to advocate, support, sponsor and champion not only the inclusion of the minority but our overall commitment to creating an inclusive environment where everyone believes they belong and can freely contribute to our success.”
A focus on one aspect of diversity does not mean reducing or replacing others. Organizations that recognize, value and create a sense of belonging for everyone are shown to have greater business success. The ultimate goal of our inclusion and diversity strategy is to create a workplace where everyone feels equally empowered, valued and respected – for the benefit of all.
Stay tuned to Newmont’s Our Voice blog for more about our BRGs around the world and make sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for ongoing updates on our efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace.