This is the third of four posts in our Global Inclusion and Diversity Series.
When asked about inclusive workplaces, Sandra Elizabeth Sanchez Cachay points to the business case for supporting them. “The unique skills and diverse perspectives of our team represent some of Newmont’s greatest assets,” she says. “They give us bench strengths to deliver value well into the future.”
“The unique skills and diverse perspectives of our team represent some of Newmont’s greatest assets.”
Sandra leads Yanacocha’s social responsibility team and volunteers with her local Business Resource Group (BRG). While her BRG focuses on women in the workplace, it also actively promotes collaboration among all Newmont employees. “We are shifting the conversation to allies,” she explains. “And exploring ways so-called traditional employees can support others.”
In fact, allies are a key component of Newmont’s global inclusion and diversity strategy. One such ally is Malcolm Asin, who helps promote underrepresented groups in Suriname. Malcom has worked with Merian’s environmental team since exploration began. “With my experience and knowledge of the operation,” he says, “I have a responsibility to be a resource for all, and to champion those around me.”
Malcolm helps facilitate team dialogue, so everyone can make the connection between core values and value creation. “Diversity and inclusion are just as important as sustainable and responsible mining,” he explains. “When employees feel comfortable bringing new ideas to the table, we are better positioned to deliver on our purpose.”
“I have a responsibility to be a resource for all, and to champion those around me.”
Sandra sees that connection as well. “Relationship building is a big part of my job,” she says. “It’s taught me to remain open to the views and ideas of others – because that can open your eyes to better, more efficient ways to work.” And better, more efficient ways to work benefit everyone.