Improving career opportunities for women across the mining sector is a priority for the Lundin Foundation and our corporate partners. Together, we are proud to support talented and hard-working women advancing their careers by participating in the International Women in Resources Mentoring Program (IWRMP). This innovative program focuses on a cross-cultural approach to diversity and inclusion by creating partnerships between mentees and senior industry leaders committed to promoting women in mining.
Launched in 2018, the IWRMP has focused on avenues that promote and empower women to progress in their careers, overcome professional challenges and build confidence for achievement and industry leadership. The Foundation, Lundin Gold and Lundin Mining are providing mentorship to women across various professional disciplines and countries over the next six months. This year 50% of our mentors are women and 50% are men, offering a wide range of career experience that will support mentees in setting career goals and creating plans for achieving them.
IWRMP strategically aligns mentors with mentees in a structured format and provides high-level support and regular engagement milestones. The program runs from April to September and kicked off with a thought-provoking training session and comprehensive guidance roadmap. In addition, each mentee has access to webinars on leadership topics and opportunities to connect and network through the program.
Today, the International Day of Women in Mining (IWiM), invites the global mining industry to celebrate female talent, and continue to work towards gender equality in the sector.
How Lundin Companies are Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion
In 2021, Lundin Gold became the first mining company in Ecuador to become a signatory of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) promoted by UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact. The WEPs seek to promote gender equality and encourage business practices that empower women.
Lundin Golds’ participation in the mentorship program corresponds with commitments set out in their 2021-2025 Sustainability Strategy to promote the inclusion and development of women in the workforce.
Specific highlights include:
- As a signatory of WEPs, Lundin Gold continues to actively participate in the United Nations Global Compact “Target Gender Equality” program, which aims to support companies in establishing goals for advancing gender equality.
- In support of the Company’s commitment to WEPs, a mental health program, “Let’s Take Care to Be Well,” was implemented in 2020. Over 700 hours of one-on-one psychological support have been provided to individuals identified through the program and the on-demand telephone helpline. This year, a series of webinars are planned around the prevention of Violence.
- In 2021, the Harassment policy was updated. The Board approved the Workplace Discrimination, Harassment and Violence Policy in August, aligning their policy with WEPs and Ecuadorian legislation.
- Lundin Gold’s senior management team participated in two diversity and inclusion workshops. These facilitated sessions focused on common biases in the workplace and on creating a shared understanding of the barriers to inclusion at Lundin Gold and opportunities for the senior management team to champion D&I as individuals and as a team.
As a global company, Lundin Mining puts people at the heart of its business, striving to nurture a safe, inclusive, and equitable work environment across all operations. Each operation is different and has tailored localized Diversity and Inclusion action plans that are meaningful to their workforce and the community and relevant to the operation at that location.
There are many ways in which Lundin Mining operations prioritize Diversity and Inclusion.
Specific highlights include:
- In Toronto, they are proud to have a Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism and Discrimination Committee (DIARD). This volunteer working group works collaboratively with Human Resource’s mandate to help create a workplace that reflects and contributes to the diverse, global communities in which we do business.
- At Candelaria in Chile, Lundin Mining proactively recruits female applicants, promotes opportunities for women and has made good progress in creating a workplace that addresses the needs of female workers. Initiatives are aimed at candidates from Tierra Amarilla and Copiapó with the primary objective to train and develop skills that allow women to gain employment as mining equipment operators.
- Lundin Mining has also prioritized workforce training opportunities through the following programs: “Training of Women Apprentices in Underground Mining” program (May 2022; 20 participants) and “Training of Women Apprentices of Candelaria” program (late 2021 and early 2022; 40 participants in two sessions).