Essential to Newcrest’s ability to meet our objectives is our ability to attract, develop and retain the best talent. This requires us to have an inclusive and high performing culture where everyone can thrive and excel. When we have a culture and work environment that supports challenge, we create the conditions for high performance that leverages the diversity of talent within our business.
Our focus over the past year has been to build an inclusive and psychologically-safe work environment where all our people feel heard, empowered and able to speak up. This is the foundation for collaboration and innovation. It also creates a workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination and ensures that everyone feels safe and supported. We also believe this will attract the best talent in the mining sector, regardless of their background or experience, and will grow the pool of talent available to Newcrest.
To consciously shape Newcrest’s culture our most senior leaders, including our Executive Committee, have been actively engaged in an inclusive leadership program to develop their skills in self-awareness, empathy, curiosity, courage and vulnerability, creating psychologically-safe environments and ensuring everyone feels they belong and are valued at Newcrest. This program was designed with insights from over 1,100 of our people across the globe. We have also set up a Respect-at-Work Taskforce to proactively create the conditions for people to feel safe to speak up and address broader concerns in the mining industry regarding the risks of sexual harassment.
Recognising that organisational culture is vital to our continued success, in February 2021 we articulated a roadmap to achieve our 2025 aspirations. This builds on the inclusive leadership program and involves our senior leaders setting the tone and expectations for our organisation.
Our refreshed talent and succession processes have focused on ensuring we promote, progress and support our diverse and high potential talent to access career and development opportunities. This is enabled by having a diversified representation in our talent and succession plans, a focus on promoting internal talent and targeted development action plans to support our early career talent and emerging leaders.
Newcrest achieved Work180 endorsed‑employer status which demonstrates our commitment to providing career opportunities to females. We also secured our membership with the Diversity Council Australia to provide all our employees and leaders access to resources, education and tools to support both inclusion and diversity initiatives.
As we continue our growth trajectory, we are building and acquiring the diversity of skill sets and talent we need as well as accelerating our capability to enable innovation, digitisation and automation of mining and related technologies.