Fostering an inclusive workplace is one of the ways that we strive to create value and maintain our competitive advantage.
This past August, our Kalgoorlie-Boulder mine (KCGM) in Western Australia held a BBQ to show support for employees on parental leave. Parents were invited to bring their babies and toddlers, catch up with site leaders and co-workers, and receive medallions celebrating KCGM’s 20 millionth ounce of gold poured.
“The energy at the BBQ, with lots of babies and toddlers crawling and running around, was an absolute highlight,” said Tim Kirkland, KCGM’s Business Resource Group Co-Vice Chair. “It was a privilege to be part of this occasion and promote a healthy connection with employees on parental leave and the rest of the team.”
The BBQ was the first of many initiatives planned by the newly formed Parental Support Focus Group, in partnership with KCGM’s Senior Leadership Team. Led by Kirkland, this passionate group of volunteers strives to make parents on leave feel included in company events and activities on site. It also works to ensure parents’ smooth transition back to the workplace.
For KCGM, events like the BBQ help to empower employees and foster a work environment that encourages engagement. Along with its Parental Support Focus Group, the site has also created focus groups that support both Aboriginal participation and retention and Women in Mining.
The BBQ was a huge success. “It was great to touch base with our colleagues,” said Kirkland. “I look forward to supporting them in their transition back to KCGM.”
Visit our Sustainability Report, Beyond the Mine, to learn more about our commitment to inclusion and diversity.