Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our employees and contractors.
Our goal is zero fatalities: we want everyone to return home safely at the end of the day, every day. That means not only our employees, but also our suppliers and local communities. We work to keep them safe and healthy by managing risks, promoting a safety-first culture, focusing more and more on health and using automation to remove people from high-risk work. We also believe safety does not begin and end at work and have taken steps to stop violence against women, with industry-leading programmes in Australia and North America to end family and domestic violence.
Inclusion & Diversity
We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.
We also aim for a diverse workplace – not just because it is good for our business, but because it is the right thing to do. We are not where we want to be on gender diversity, so we have established clear targets to improve the number of women in our organisation, at all levels. We have rolled out a global policy for gender-neutral parental leave and revised our policy on inclusion and diversity to reinforce our expectations around behaviours and personal accountability. Our goal is to increase women in senior management by 2% each year, and for our graduate intake to be 50% women.
We are also a Founding Member of the Australian Male Champions of Change, a group established to elevate gender equality.
Working at Rio Tinto
We produced the world's first certified responsible aluminium. We were the first mining company to embrace Indigenous peoples' land rights in Australia. And we created one of the world's biggest robots – and maybe one of the smallest. But we always want to do more.
Working at Rio Tinto means touching people’s lives: from exploring new materials to finding ways to tackle climate change. We value curiosity, creativity, innovation and hard work. We work in some of the most remote, beautiful places in the world – like the Northwest Territories in Canada and Weipa in Far North Queensland, Australia – as well as in major metropolitan hubs like Montreal, Perth, Brisbane and Singapore.
We know that work is changing and we are changing with it. We partner with governments and institutions to ensure that our people and communities have the skills they need throughout their careers. For example, in 2018 we launched the first ever nationally recognised certificates in Automation and Remote Operations, in partnership with the government of Western Australia and South Metropolitan TAFE (Technical and Further Education). And in 2019 we announced a A$10 million, four-year partnership focusing on skills for the digital future with leaders in Australia’s education and innovation sectors, including leading start-up accelerator BlueChilli and Amazon Web Services. In the same year, in Quebec, Canada, we supported the creation of a centre to support entrepreneurs in the natural resources sector to establish and run more efficient, sustainable and profitable businesses.
Strength Comes from our Differences
It’s important that we all recognise that strength comes from our differences. Me, I have a spiritual connection to the land. It links me to my cultural history and is a big part of my identity.
I’ve been in Weipa all my life. My grandad was in the first group to go to the Aboriginal training school for heavy equipment operators here. And my parents both work for Rio Tinto too, so it’s definitely in the family. So I guess you could say Weipa, and Rio, is part of my history.
And when I share my traditional history here with people who don’t know me, or know that part of me, sometimes I see those ‘light-bulb’ moments when someone finally understands. It’s my way of contributing to reconciliation.