International Women's Day: Anglo American
Today, women account for approximately 16% of the mining industry -something Anglo American is keen to change. For International Women’s Day 2021 the company responded to the theme #ChooseToChallenge by speaking to some of the inspiring women behind its success in a bid to encourage other women to pursue a career in mining.
Redressing the Balance
Mining encompasses many disciplines and professions and can only improve with the inclusion of different perspectives and skill sets said Jen Williams, Interface Manager at the Woodsmith Project in the UK: “For all the decades I’ve been in engineering, there’s still not that many women coming through and I think that’s a shame. I think women are missing out on a really exciting career.”
Anglo American’s goal is to create an inclusive workplace where every colleague can contribute. Many of those interviewed talked about the challenges they had encountered as women in the industry and what they wished they had known earlier in their careers. “I wish someone had told me when I started my career to be more confident about what I bring to the table,” said Nolitha Fakude, Group Director - South Africa, “And also to understand that I can add value and that my unique contributions are actually appreciated.”
Asked about some of the biggest challenges women face Paulina Jaramillo, Head of Asset Strategy and Reliability for Anglo’s copper business, replied: “I think being treated as an equal, recognition that you are not in the position you are in because the company is trying to reach a certain quota of women but that you recognise and value your knowledge, capabilities and experience.”
Anglo American accepts there is work to be done to welcome more women into the industry and has set a target of 33% female representation by 2023 at all management levels, in every business unit and group function.
The miner is aiming to ensure its people feel fully supported throughout their careers. “The biggest challenge for me was when I had children and was away from work for extended periods of time,” said Anushika Bhana, from the Commercial Strategy Team in Singapore. “But I was lucky enough to have great support from Anglo American. They kept me connected and made my transition back into the workplace seamless.”
That support now includes a robust policy framework, colleague networks, apprenticeships, a global mentoring programme and a zero-tolerance approach to bullying, harassment and victimisation.
Looking to the Future
Advice for future women in mining, from women in mining…
- “Challenge change, be creative in your problem solving, but most importantly, enjoy what you do and acknowledge the people you are privileged to do it with.” - Stephanie Liggins, Principal Scientist, Element Six
- “Don’t try and fit someone else’s version of what success is. You decide what that looks like and you go and achieve it.” - Zaheera Soomar, Head of Education
- “You will have to learn to put yourself forward. You will also need to be bold, brave and courageous and be your authentic self.” - Salima Shariff, Head of Talent Acquisition
- “Your health and your family should always be your priority. Never ever compromise or sacrifice either of those.” - Froydis Cameron, Group Head of International and Government Relations
Ma'aden celebrates 5th anniversary of Vision 2030
Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden), one of the world’s fastest-growing global mining companies, celebrates the fifth anniversary of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. The Kingdom’s mining champion highlights key achievements since the Vision 2030 launch and plans that reflect its commitment to the Kingdom’s social and economic development.
The Kingdom has implemented significant incentive programs and announced major reforms in the last five years to accelerate the development of the mining industry as a strategic pillar of the Saudi economy, including the recently launched mining investment law to attract investors and pave the way for the full utilisation of Saudi Arabia’s mineral resources, which are estimated to be worth more than $1.3trn. This goes in line with the objectives of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP), one of the most important programs for achieving Vision 2030.
Ma’aden has kept its projects across a range of commodities moving on a strong growth trajectory since 2016. The company has expanded its investment portfolio, refinanced key projects, and made its first international acquisition, laying the foundation for future growth and new investment opportunities in the Saudi mining industry. Despite some challenges in 2020 due to COVID-19, Ma’aden managed to maintain its agility and remained focused on its goal to become a global Saudi mining giant, while adhering to the highest standards of health, safety, and environment.
Located on the east coast of Saudi Arabia, Ras Al-Khair Industrial City jumpstarted the mining industry development in Saudi Arabia, leveraging the country’s strategic location in connecting three continents. In November 2016, Ras Al-Khair Industrial City was further expanded and connected via railway to Ma’aden’s bauxite mine in Qassim and phosphate mine in Al Jalamid, making it a cornerstone of the Kingdom’s mineral and metal production and export industries.
Ma’aden’s integrated ‘mine to market’ aluminium value chain is the largest in the Middle East and one of the largest in the world, with investments over $11bn. Aluminium products of the highest international standards are sold to both domestic and global markets, encouraging the development of additional downstream aluminium-based industries in Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries. Operations are centered around the largest and most efficient vertically integrated aluminium complex in the world, in Ras Al Khair Industrial City, which also houses sulfur and phosphate production facilities.
Intending to capture the full value of Saudi Arabia’s significant phosphate reserves and develop new mining and mineral activities, in 2018, Ma’aden celebrated the inauguration of the industrial city of Wa’ad Al Shamal by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz. Wa’ad Al Shamal is a world-class industrial and mining city in the Northern Borders region of Saudi Arabia. This phosphate super hub will continue to grow with Ma’aden’s latest phosphate megaproject, which is primed to increase phosphate fertilizer capacity to reach 6 million tonnes, making Ma’aden the world’s third-largest producer of phosphate fertilizer and Saudi Arabia the second largest global exporter.
In 2018, Ma’aden also acquired an 85% stake in Meridian, the Mauritius-based fertilizer distribution group, strengthening its position as one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of phosphate fertilizers. This acquisition marked Ma’aden’s first investment outside the Kingdom, in line with the company’s goal to expand globally and significantly contribute to the Kingdom's Vision 2030.
In 2019, Ma’aden commenced construction of the Mansourah and Massarah gold mine, the company’s largest-ever gold project and the Kingdom’s first project to utilize solar power as an energy source. Once operational, the mine and its processing facilities will have a key role in achieving Ma’aden’s target of producing 1 million ounces of gold per year by 2025.
These accomplishments are all due to the steppingstones set by the Saudi Vision 2030, which laid the foundations for creating an attractive environment for local and foreign investments in promising growth sectors and unlocking new ones, in addition to developing remote areas, bringing technologies and knowledge to the Kingdom, establishing specialized and modern industrial cities, and generating diverse job opportunities for Saudi nationals.