Newmont Asia Pacific was represented at the annual Women in Resources National Awards held in Perth, Australia, last month. The team from Newmont Asia Pacific’s Tanami operation received two nominations for the distinguished awards.
One of the nominations Newmont received was for the Newmont Women’s Network Tanami, which was recognized for the 2015 Company Excellence in Diversity and Performance Award.
The Newmont Women’s Network Tanami was established to assist in attracting, retaining and developing female employees at the Tanami operations. The network is made up of women across the operation in a range of roles, including engineers, geologists, operators, managers and metallurgists. The network was founded by a small group of employees, including Michi Whittall, who said the award recognized the importance of the network for both women and men.
“We established the network to increase inclusion amid the workplace and also to help women see their roles at Tanami as more than a job,” Ms. Whittall said. “Through our events, people are able to see how they can forge a promising career in mining, which is exactly the outcome we were aiming to have in the first place.”
Fellow Newmont Tanami employee, Mining Manager Tim Hewitt, was also in the running for an award: the 2015 Gender Diversity Champion.
Mr. Hewitt said that gender diversity and inclusion in the workforce was important to Tanami’s ongoing success. “Diversity adds significant value to a workforce and improves business results, so it makes sense to support and improve diversity,” he said. “I wanted to support the network to become self-sustaining, with full support from the management team on site, and that is exactly what has happened in just two years.”
Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific, Tom Palmer, commended the Tanami team on the success in being named finalists, even though the top award went to others.
“The Newmont Women’s Network Tanami is a great employee-led initiative and I commend Tim Hewitt on his work as a true gender diversity champion,” said Palmer. “Newmont is proud to have women making up 18 percent of the workforce across Asia Pacific – this compares to the 15.7 percent industry average.”
Mr. Palmer was confident that Newmont was making great strides in enhancing workplace inclusion and diversity saying, “There is still work to be done across our operations on diversity and inclusion and this nomination reinforces and encourages our approach.”