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Inspiring Equality at the International Woman’s Day Lunch

#EachforEqual Empowering Gender Diversity

The AusIMM International Woman’s Day Lunch was hosted in Adelaide on Thursday 5 March 2020. The event was held on the top floor of the Pullman in the City which provided attendees with spectacular views of Adelaide. The sold out event saw a diverse group of people gather to celebrate the achievements of women in the industry. A fantastic panel of speakers presented to the crowd, including: Andrew Cole (CEO – OZ Minerals), Chris Barnesby (General Manager Surface – Olympic Dam, BHP), Christine Charles (Non Executive Director and MD – D4G) and Giulia Savio (Principal – Diversity and Inclusion – Newcrest Mining Limited).

Janine Herzig (President – AusIMM) hosted the event and opened up the lunch with a ‘Welcome to Country’ acknowledging the traditional owners of the land and an introduction to this year’s theme which is #EachforEqual. Janine highlighted that an equal world is an enabled world and we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions at all times. Following Janine, was Stephen Durkin (CEO – AusIMM) who spoke about his experience within the industry and recommended an informative HBR article, well-worth a read for people both within the industry, and in other fields, “When Gender Diversity Makes Firms More Productive”. This article can be accessed here: https://hbr.org/2019/02/research-when-gender-diversity-makes-firms-more-productive

Prior to the panel discussion lunch was served which was a choice between Barramundi and Beef. While the Beef looked cooked to perfection, I can personally vouch for the Barramundi, which was delicious. The team at the Pullman did an excellent job throughout the entirety of the event, and I commend them for their wonderful service.

Following the introductions and lunch, Janine hosted a panel discussion elaborating on the ethos of #EachforEqual. Janine asked a range of questions and got input from each of the respective panellists.

Chris Barnesby highlighted that at Olympic Dam they have lifted the number of female apprentices from 7% to 53% over the last few years to create a level playing field. She also highlighted BHP’s ambitious goal of a 50/50 workforce by 2025 and reiterated that setting a goal enables the business to focus. As BHP work towards this goal other companies are actively working to promote inclusion and diversity. Andrew Cole spoke about what OZ Minerals is doing with its contracting partners to lift female representation in their workforce.

Giulia Savio spoke about how the mining industry is working hard to design clothing and PPE specifically for females. Generally speaking, most of the PPE clothing is designed to fit the average male. She highlighted that as we progress into the twenty first century we must collectively drive this change and engage our suppliers from design through to manufacturing.

Following the conclusion of the panel discussion, members of the audience were encouraged to ask questions. A range of topics were discussed which prompted further conversation by the panellists. A lovely strawberry desert was served towards the end of the lunch.

The AusIMM hosted another fantastic event with a great panel of speakers. The AusIMM International Woman’s Day Lunch is a highlight of the year for many and this year was truly inspiring and uplifting for all.

John Forsyth – Committee Member

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