For the past 10 years, AngloGold Ashanti Australia has been a supporter of the Women in Mining WA (WIMWA) Mentoring Programme, with approximately 60 of our female team members mentored through this programme over the years. We also participate annually in the WIMWA Summit.
In 2019, AngloGold Ashanti Australia formed its own Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The committee has over 50 members, and has visible leadership and support from the Senior Vice President: Australia and other member of the Australian Regional Leadership Team. The committee is founded on three primary pillars:
Learning and development: Providing learning and opportunities for employees to build a diverse and inclusive workplace
AngloGold Ashanti Australia community: Fostering a caring community where everyone feels welcome and included
Leadership and strategy: Reflecting AngloGold Ashanti Australia’s leadership through decisions and actions made to support diversity and inclusion initiatives
The team’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee has learnt that visible leadership from the senior executive team is vital in ensuring the success of the committee’s activities. And while the ideas for various diversity and inclusion initiatives come from the committee, they are ultimately driven by the business as a whole.
Projects range from the recognition of cultural events and days, through to policy development and strategically targeted recruitment campaigns. The team also participated in the Perth Pride Parade in 2019, and sponsored and participated in a LGBTQIA+ mentoring programme. Work towards an Ally Programme is underway, which promotes understanding the business case for LGBTQIA+ inclusion, learning about the lived experiences of LTBTQIA+ people, and exploring actions that individuals can take to ensure a more inclusive workplace culture.