Our people—both employees and contractors—are our greatest asset and the core of our success. We depend on skilled, hard-working and empowered people, and in return we seek to maintain a safety-first culture in which everyone is motivated to do the right thing to keep themselves and their colleagues healthy and injury-free.
Health and safety
While mining is regarded as a hazardous industry, safety procedures and site standards help to ensure that tasks and work practices are performed in a safe manner with minimal risk. We have established proven formal risk management processes that enable us to identify hazards, assess risk, determine appropriate control measures for those hazards and monitor the effectiveness of those controls. Training programs, safe work procedures, site housekeeping and operational standards are enforced, to improve workplace safety and minimize risk to people and equipment.
At every operation, we maintain highly trained, well equipped emergency response teams, with specialized skills in such areas as advanced first aid, vehicle rescue, fire fighting, and chemical spills and recovery.
We strive to create a culture of inclusivity and acceptance—of gender, race, cultural background, age and religion—that begins at the top, and carries through hiring, promotion and worker-to-worker relationships. In our host communities we are generally recognized as an employer of choice as a result of our competitive wages, above-average benefits and our policies of recognizing and rewarding employee performance and promoting from within.
Fair labour practices
Our commitment to fair and equitable labour practices extends through every facet of our operations. We adhere to the labour principles of the UN Global Compact and have identified employee development and teamwork as corporate values. We strive to include all levels of employees in decision-making processes and have never experienced strikes or lockouts in our operations.