Brazil

A Diversity and Inclusion Committees has been established in Brazil, with additional forums specifically created for women and for people with disabilities.

Our operations

Through AngloGold Ashanti Córrego do Sítio Mineração, which is wholly owned, AngloGold Ashanti runs two operations in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. These are the Cuiabá complex, which includes the Cuiabá and Lamego mines and the Cuiabá and Queiroz plant complexes, and Córrego do Sítio, which consists of one open-pit mine and one underground mine.

Serra Grande, which is wholly owned, is located in central Brazil, in the state of Goiás, about 5km from the city of Crixás. It comprises three mechanised underground mines: Mina III, Mina Nova and Mina Palmeiras, and an open pit.

Map of Brazil

Legislation

There is currently no legislation in Brazil with targets for women. As a result, there are no on-site policies that address the development of women, as this would likely trigger questions from the government. Legislatively, there is no difference in pay for men and women.

The government has implemented legislation with regards to people with disabilities, mandating that 5% of the company’s workforce must include people with disabilities by 2020.

Representation

Gender split: workforce (%)
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+10% female staff compliment down the line

Key initiatives

A Diversity and Inclusion Committees has been established in Brazil, with additional forums specifically created for women and for people with disabilities.

The People with Disabilities Forum meets twice a year. It comprises 20 people from all sites who come together to share their experiences and, collectively, develop meaningful and long-term solutions.

During COVID-19, the forum was also responsible for creating special see-through facemasks for people with hearing disabilities who depend on being able to lip-read, and from December 2020, an online course in basic sign language will be available to all employees.

Training on sexual harassment, together with the operations’ legal senior manager, has also been conducted, as has a campaign against gender-based violence. The campaign comprises four videos that have been shown across all sites and have also been sent to every employee via WhatsApp.

Brazil is also endeavouring to make its workspaces more conducive to the needs of women by establishing restrooms exclusively for women. To date, 26 restrooms have been built at Cuiabá complex and the possibility of building of more restrooms is currently being evaluated. In addition, women have been given shirts and pants in which to work, which is more user-friendly than the jumpsuits given to men.

A total of 30% of the employees involved in Brazil’s mentorship programme are women.

Opportunities for further inclusion

Our Brazilian operations are aware that a number of issues are impeding the recruitment of women and the development of the women currently employed. More women need to be placed in management positions, and better career path and succession planning measures need to be implemented for women.

Contacts

For details on diversity and inclusion initiatives planned and underway in Brazil, kindly contact:

Isabela Dumont
IFDumont@AngloGoldAshanti.com.br