Women are gaining more leadership roles in global mining industry

October 22, 2014

In the typically male dominated world of mining there are some signs of change.

A recent article published by Bloomberg describes how more women are landing in leadership roles at some of the largest mining companies in the world.

The article points out that the changing workforce is opening up new positions that are being filled by women. Some companies, such as Goldcorp Inc. in Canada, Lonmin Plc from South Africa and London-based Rio Tinto are actively recruiting women to the workforce. Goldcorp is conducting female only leadership training, Lonmin is offering scholarships to women and Rio Tinto, the second largest mining company in the world has set a goal of having women make up 20 percent of its senior managers by 2015, up from 14 percent last year.

In the global mining industry, women hold 8 percent of executive committee positions reporting directly to the chief executive officer, according to a study by the gender-consulting company 20-first. That compares to 18 percent in the $2.9 trillion pharmaceutical industry, the best performer in the survey.

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