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REPORT: Is gender equality mining’s ESG blind spot?

Mining companies’ varying scores on protecting female workers from harassment and violence. Credit: Responsible Mining Foundation SWITZERLAND – Despite an increasing focus on ESG, mining companies are failing to consider the disproportionate effects of mining on women and girls, says a report released today by the Responsible Mining Foundation, an independent research organization.

While miners are starting to look seriously at increasing the proportion of women at the board and senior management level, the report found that most companies aren’t even attempting to assess the impact of their operations on women.

The report, entitled Gender inequality runs deep in mining , looked at the gender-related ESG policies and practices of 38 large-scale mining companies, from tracking and reporting diversity at the board level to measures supporting local procurement from women.

The report found that the most progress was at the top levels of companies, with less progress in terms of policies affected female workers, and very little in terms of women in mining-impacted communities.

The majority of companies are tracking and actively trying to improve the number of women on their boards (30 of 38 companies), but at the worker level, only seven companies have policies ensuring female workers have PPE that fits […]

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