Ghana

Our operations in Ghana have embarked on a journey to raise awareness, encourage, educate and empower women and people with disabilities.

Our operations

AngloGold Ashanti currently has two wholly owned and managed operations in Ghana: Iduapriem and Obuasi.

Iduapriem, which comprises the Iduapriem and Teberebie properties, is located in the Western Region of Ghana and is an open-pit mine. Obuasi, an underground mine in the Ashanti region of Ghana, was placed on care and maintenance in 2016. A redevelopment project began in 2019, however, and Obuasi’s first gold was poured in December 2019.

Representation

Gender split: workforce (%)
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3 women in management

Map of Ghana

Key initiatives

Obuasi

A Diversity and Inclusion Committees has been established at Obuasi, and the operation has embarked on a journey to raise awareness, encourage, educate and empower women and people with disabilities to compete equally and fairly during its recruitment phase.

Obuasi has also launched a Graduate Trainee and National Service Programme, which aims to give equal opportunities to male and female graduate trainees and National Service personnel. Over half of the programme’s most recent intake were women, and they have since passed their assessments and been recruited into technical teams.

Obuasi has adapted its recruitment policy to permit pregnant women in their second and third trimester to apply for employment. Appropriate uniforms and personal protective equipment for pregnant staff are provided to ensure their safety and comfort at work.

Establish internal mentorship programme

Measures
  • 20 women to work with senior managers
Progress
  • In progress


Increase recruitment drive for women

Measures
  • 12% of staff to be women
Progress
  • Currently 11%


Partner with tertiary institutions

This includes the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Mines and Technology

Measures
  • 50% of trainees to be women
Progress
  • Achieved, currently 50%


Establish mentorship programme for community girls and disability schools

Measures
  • Five schools to be engaged
Progress
  • 40 female employees currently serving as mentors


Intensify drive to increase percentage of female managers

Measures
  • 15% by December 2024
Progress
  • Currently 8%


Work in collocation with local community institutions and leaders

Measures
  • Details to be provided
Progress
  • Details will be provide soon


Opportunities for further inclusion

The obstacles that Iduapriem and Obuasi face, particularly with regards to the recruitment, retention and development of women, are often a result of deeply entrenched cultural biases and, at times, serious discriminatory practices.

There is scope for work to be done among the operations’ male team members to combat gender stereotypes, and to ensure that they understand how to treat women in a professional environment. The development of women and their inclusion in senior levels of the organisation also needs to be prioritised so that women have allies to whom they can turn, and role models on whom they can depend. Programmes that specifically target the advancement of women are critical.

Contacts

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

Iduapriem

Wosiela Bobie
WBobie@AngloGoldAshanti.com

Obuasi

Matthew Osei Nkrumah
MOsei-Nkrumah@AngloGoldAshanti.com