Kinross Gold Group announces a partnership agreement with Women in Mining Russia.
Kinross will now promote the professional development of women not only within the company, but throughout the extractive industry.
Maintaining an environment of equal opportunity and diversity is an important component of Kinross culture.
This step is a continuation of the Company’s efforts to develop an environment of equal opportunities and diversity. The goal of the WIM Russia Association is to expand the professional opportunities of women, networking and the development of women’s leadership in the mining and metallurgical industry.
Kinross strives to ensure equal opportunities in recruitment, as well as a meaningful representation of women in decision-making positions. The company has already achieved its goal of increasing the proportion of women on the board of directors to 33%.
At Kinrossa, female employees are highly respected among colleagues. In 2020, Kinross launched the Women in Mining Peer Networking Program, which aims to unite the company’s women through the exchange of experience and mentoring. Each participant of the program is selected a partner working in another region of the company’s presence and in another professional field, which gives participants the opportunity to get a holistic view of various aspects of the company’s activities and the features of mining production, depending on the region. Several representatives from the Russian region have already taken advantage of this program to further develop their careers and solve new problems.
As part of the annual “Award for the Embodiment of Our Values” (LOVA) competition, the company’s employees nominate and vote for outstanding colleagues. This tradition binds the team, providing an opportunity to celebrate the merits of employees who demonstrate a commitment to the value of diversity in thinking, behavior and solving work tasks. Over the past two years, five women have become laureates of the award, including two employees from Russia.
As a partner and sponsor of WIM Russia, Kinross allocated 500 thousand rubles to support the organization and its mission to promote the professional development of women in the extractive industry. By supporting WIM, Kinross join forces with other mining companies operating in Russia.
“A culture of equal opportunity is fundamental to Kinross Gold’s success in Russia,” said Claude Schimper, Executive Vice President Russia and West Africa. “Our employees support this principle and are actively involved in the process of creating an inclusive work environment for the benefit of all their colleagues.”