BHP, a leading global resources company, has recently achieved a significant milestone in promoting gender balance and inclusivity in the mining industry.
Gender Balance Achieved!
BHP’s potash site in Canada, which includes the Jansen project and corporate office in Saskatchewan, has reached 43.8% female representation in their workforce, making it the most gender-balanced workforce in the Americas. When support roles are included, female participation climbs to an impressive 57.4%!
Progress and Impact
Historically, women have represented only a small fraction of the workforce in the mining industry, but efforts made by companies and organizations including WIM USA and International Women in Mining have long aimed to promote gender equality and inclusivity in the industry. A diverse workforce can lead to significant benefits for companies, including increased productivity, reduced costs, and a stronger social license to operate.
BHP’s achievement in reaching gender balance at their potash site is a testament to the progress being made toward more inclusive workplaces in the mining industry. The Potash leadership team, consisting of 19 senior operational and functional representatives, is 52% female, ensuring diverse decision-making perspectives. Additionally, females make up 40% of people leadership roles across Potash.
The Importance of Inclusive Workplaces
An inclusive workplace welcomes and supports people with all kinds of differences, and have been shown to be more innovative and more likely to meet or surpass financial goals. BHP’s achievement in gender balance at their potash site demonstrates their commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce that values safety, productivity, and wellbeing. This milestone sets a positive example for other sectors and highlights the importance of promoting gender equity and creating a more balanced and prosperous future for the mining industry and beyond.
Celebrating Progress and Looking Ahead
As we celebrate BHP’s achievement in reaching gender balance at their potash site in Canada, it is essential to recognize the ongoing efforts of organizations and individuals working to promote gender equality and inclusivity in the mining industry. By continuing to support initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion, we can ensure a brighter future for the mining industry and create more inclusive workplaces for all.
In conclusion, BHP’s achievement in reaching gender balance at their potash site in Canada is a significant milestone for women in mining and a testament to the progress being made toward more inclusive workplaces. By continuing to support and promote gender equity and inclusivity in the mining industry, we can create a more balanced and prosperous future for all.
* BHP is a Strategic Partner of WIM USA