Women in Mining Summit sees Joanne Farrell, Rio Tinto's Group executive, Health, Safety & Environment discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Rio Tintos Joanne Farrell inspires at Women in Mining event

Rio Tinto's Joanne Farrell inspires at Women in Mining event

Rio Tinto Group Executive Joanne Farrell addressed the Women in Mining Western Australia Summit, urging industry members not to be bystanders but to break down barriers and amplify discussions regarding diversity in the workplace.

Sharing her wisdom as both a woman in the resources industry and also a leader, Joanne said “We mustn’t forget what we have achieved but we know there is more to do.”

Joanne Farrell is Group executive, Health, Safety & Environment for Rio Tinto.

Diversity and inclusion at Rio Tinto

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

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.

In addition, Rio Tinto champions White Ribbon Australia’s campaign against domestic violence. At Rio Tinto, 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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