Rio Tinto’s Sustainability Report reveals the company’s focus on inclusivity in the workforce and the significant steps it is taking to improve gender diversity

Rio Tinto shows commitment to diversity and inclusion

Rio Tinto shows commitment to diversity and inclusion

Rio Tinto is committed to caring for its employees, as well as respecting the communities and environment in which is operates. The company’s Sustainability Report clearly demonstrates this – and shows the massive strides the company is taking when it comes to gender diversity.

On the way to meeting company diversity targets

Rio Tinto is aiming to improve diversity through increasing women in senior management by 2% each year, ensuring 50% of its graduate intake are women, and also making sure 30% of its graduate intake are nationals of the countries in which the company is based.

The business is well on the way to its ambition. The report shows that 22.6% of senior management are women, with females in operational roles increasing from 10% to 15%.

In addition, 25% of Rio Tinto’s Executive Committee are women, 36% of its graduate intake are women and 31% of its graduate intake are nationals from the places where it is developing new businesses.

The company admits it still has some way to go when it comes to achieving its ideal gender balance but the number of women in operations roles has pleasingly risen from 5% to 15%, and 22.6% of its senior management roles are held by women.

A total of 17.7% the company’s total workforce are women. Rio Tinto is continuing to work with external partners, such as recruitment agencies and universities, to bring more female graduates into the business.

Equal pay for equal skills, plus gender-neutral parental leave

Meanwhile, Rio Tinto’s ongoing pay health checks ensure that employees with similar skills, knowledge, qualifications, experience and performance are paid equally for work of the same or comparable nature.

Rio Tinto has also rolled out gender-neutral paid parental leave in every country where it operates, making 18 weeks of paid leave available to primary carers, including single parents and employees in same-sex relationships.

Supporting employees affected by domestic violence

The report also shows that Rio Tinto is continuing to champion White Ribbon Australia’s campaign against domestic violence.

The company’s ground-breaking initiative supporting employees affected by domestic violence has been extended to North America. Employees can now access up to ten days of paid extra leave, flexible work hours, financial aid and emergency accommodation if they are experiencing domestic and family abuse, or have an immediate relative who is experiencing abuse.

Rio Tinto received White Ribbon accreditation for its Australian programme and was recognised at the Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA) for its commitment to breaking the cycle of violence against women.

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