VANCOUVER — Accounting and management consulting firm EY has joined forces with Women in Mining (WIM) UK to produce a new report entitled “Has mining discovered its next great resource?” The report delves into the principles and actions that organizations can adopt to support and retain women in the workforce.
According to 2015 research from the Mining Industry Human Resources Council, women account for 17% of mining sector workers in Canada. Most women work in clerical and corporate service jobs in mining, with female workers holding only 4% of most trade and production roles.
EY has found that the number of women in management roles is also relatively low: out of the world’s top 30 mining and metals companies, only 35 directors out of 377, or 9%, are women.
EY and WIM presented their results at a downtown Vancouver convention centre. During an ensuing panel session, the question was raised whether it’s mainly women discussing the issue of gender equality in mining.
“We’re assuming that men aren’t having these conversations,” Nicole Adshead-Bell, president of Cupel Advisory and director of Lithium Americas (TSX: LAC), Dalradian Resources (TSX: DNA; US-OTC: DRLDF) and Pretium Resources (TSX: PVG; NYSE: PVG), told the audience.
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