Leading mining companies are supporting an international mentoring programme for women in mining.
Mining companies Rio Tinto, Newmont Corporation, New Gold, SRK Consulting and Centerra Gold have teamed up with International Women in Mining to work on promoting gender equality in the sector as part of the 2021 International Women in Resources Mentoring Programme (IWRMP).
IWRMP is an annual cross-company initiative established to provide mentees with opportunities to accelerate their all-round professional growth in the mining sector.
IWRMP 2021 will run for the fourth time from April to October next year and is likely to be wholly online. Since its initial launch in 2018, 130 mentees and 44 scholarship recipients have participated in the initiative. Over 20 countries were represented in 2020.
In addition to Rio Tinto, Newmont Corporation, New Gold, SRK Consulting and Centerra Gold, IWiM is seeking additional sponsors for the programme.
Barbara Dischinger, IWRMP Programme Director, says: “What makes IWMRP unique is its combination of global reach and intersectionality, which enable mentees to benefit from contact with mentors and fellow mentees that may not otherwise have been possible. The programme is designed to meet the needs of the highly globalised mining sector, both now and into the future.
“In 2021, we look forward to having more companies within the sector participate as the programme is equally beneficial to mentors. It is a high-performance framework that fosters a ‘reverse mentoring’ attitude that gives senior industry figures, both male and female, an opportunity to further hone their leadership skills.”
International Women in Mining was founded in 2007 and now collaborates with women in mining organizations in over 40 countries. It aims to promote gender equality through its mentoring programme, through championing women in mining and collecting and dispensing knowledge that supports the enhancement of women’s contributions and participation. Mining has long had a gender diversity problem due to the lack of women in the industry with a PwC report in 2013 calling it the worst sector for gender diversity. A recent S & P Global Market Intelligence report found women make up just 14.9% of mining companies’ executive ranks, 18.1% of the industry’s board positions and 13.2% of the sector’s C-suite executive roles.