Mining’s Untapped Resource – Women in Leadership Roles

women_in_miningHas mining discovered its next great resource? This is the question addressed in the recent report published by Ernst & Young, in collaboration with Women in Mining (UK). As the authors point out:

“The gender gap isn’t just a gender issue. It’s a business issue. Women’s advancement and leadership are central to business performance and economic prosperity. Profitability, return on investment (ROI) and innovation all increase when women are counted among senior leadership.”

The report can be used by mining companies, large or small, as a guide to implement initiatives to encourage women’s advancement into leadership positions within their organizations by following 7 principles.

1. Lead with sponsorship, support with mentoring
2. Have leaders lead the program
3. Encourage talent at all career stages
4. Overcome the geographic disparity roadblock
5. Measure the results
6. Empower individuals to help themselves
7. Keep it low cost

The report contains several case studies that can easily be integrated into mining organizations. To quote the report:

“All of these examples are easily replicable in mining organizations of any size as they do not require large capital outlays or a large team to be effective. Even the smallest companies can take advantage of schemes offered by mining-related organizations.”

To find out more about the report, visit the Ernst & Young website or download the full report here.

Beverlee is Edumine's Principal Technical Writer. She has experience writing and editing technical content for the software and mining industries. She also has an interest in user interface design and user experience.

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