Identifying that women have a critical role to play in shaping the future of Gold Fields, the Australian Management Group has committed to increasing our female workforce and senior leadership rates, with individual targets set for each of our sites. For us, it is critical we ‘set the tone from the top’ in terms of providing leadership on this important issue.
Our Darlot Mine, where up to 30 percent of the Senior Leadership Team were female, is an example of what can be achieved. A female participation rate of greater than 30 percent in leadership teams represents a tipping point for change in the direction of conversations.
Andrew Bywater, the then General Manager of Darlot, and now General Manager at our Granny Smith Mine, is a champion of gender diversity within the broader resources industry.
“The diversity of our Management Team has contributed towards a culture that includes an exceptionally strong focus on safety, wellbeing, Gold Fields values and the ability to hold courageous conversations. This is caring about our people and finding meaning in what we do. We are also starting to see more women speak up and be heard on site, this helps to re-enforce the positive culture.” Andrew Bywater.
Gold Fields Australia is a gold sponsor of the Gold Industry Group, with Kelly Carter (Vice President Legal & Compliance) a co-director and headline speaker at the inaugural Women in Gold event.
Held at the Perth Mint, it has been attended by more than 300 professionals over the past few years and is hosted in conjunction with Women in Mining WA to recognise and promote women in gold.
Last year’s event featured what has since been referred to as ‘the great debate’, which saw a diverse powerhouse panel of industry figures battle it out over whether we need to stop fixing women and start fixing the system to achieve gender diversity in the workplace.
Underscored by a common goal of creating shared benefits to those associated with our efforts, it means our people, the ecosystems in which we operate, and the rapport we have with our local and indigenous communities, is of the highest respect.