Sustainable business benefits can be achieved when gender-inclusive practices are consistently integrated into the full range of day-to-day business activities. Working towards integrating gender inclusion as a part of the way you do business will help sustain the initiative through market fluctuations, leadership changes and other obstacles.
Make particular efforts to reach out to young women:
If working with recruitment and search firms, engage them as partners in gender inclusion:
Review staffing practices to identify and reduce unintended systemic barriers:
Relations with external stakeholders
Initiate a dialogue with unions about your gender inclusion initiative.
Use your membership in professional organizations and industry associations to advocate for change across the industry.
Public relations and communications
Communicate often. To show that gender inclusion is part of how you do business, put this information in regular communications and channels.
Integrate a commitment to gender inclusion into processes for tracking business results.
Policies, processes or procedures
Review written policies throughout the business to identify and remove unintended systemic barriers.
The Gender Equity in Mining (GEM) Works – Learn to Make a Difference e-learning program and GEM Works Toolbox supports change agents in reviewing policies and practices to identify and remove unintended barriers. In particular, see:
Recent research on how workplace culture impacts men and women in mining, and the gendered aspects of career paths in the industry.
1 Workplace Gender Equality Agency (2014). Gender strategy toolkit: A direction for achieving gender equality in your organisation. Australian Government; Meredith Hellicar (2013). Increasing the Number of Women in Senior Executive Positions: Improving Recruitment, Selection and Retention Practices. Business Council of Australia.