Sunset, QMM operations

Everyday Respect

Everyday Respect task force

Our workplace should be safe, respectful and inclusive for everyone.

In March 2021 we commissioned an independent review of our workplace culture to better understand, prevent and respond to harmful behaviours across our global operations. The review was conducted by former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.

The findings of this report are deeply disturbing to me and should be to everyone who reads them. I offer my heartfelt apology to every team member, past or present, who has suffered as a result of these behaviours. This is not the kind of company we want to be.

I feel shame and enormous regret to have learned the extent to which bullying, sexual harassment and racism are happening at Rio Tinto.

I am determined that by implementing appropriate actions to address the recommendations, and with the management team’s commitment to a safe, respectful and inclusive Rio Tinto in all areas, we will make positive and lasting change and strengthen our workplace culture for the long term.

I am grateful to everyone who has come forward to share their experiences as we go about this vital work.”

Jakob Stausholm, Rio Tinto Chief Executive

The review identified that in the past five years:

  • Bullying and sexism are systemic across Rio Tinto worksites, with almost half of the people experiencing bullying
  • 28.2% of women and 6.7% of men have experienced sexual harassment at work
  • 21 women reported actual or attempted rape or sexual assault
  • Racism is prevalent across a number of locations. The survey showed people working in a country different to their birth, experienced high rates of racism, and 39.8% of men and 31.8% of women who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in Australia experienced racism.

We accept the report’s recommendations, and it is clear we have work to do to address these issues.

The report, which outlines 26 detailed recommendations, will inform work being carried out to improve how we prevent and respond to discrimination and unacceptable workplace behaviour. We will focus our actions on three key areas:

  • Leadership and behavioural change

    A commitment from the company’s leadership to create safe, respectful and inclusive working environments to prevent harmful behaviours and better support people in vulnerable situations. This includes increasing diversity within the company.

  • Safe and inclusive facilities

    Ensuring the company’s camp and village facilities are safe and inclusive. This includes making sure we’re applying the same safety and risk processes that Rio Tinto uses to prevent harm in operations to create a safe environment for all employees and contractors.

  • Caring response

    Making it as easy and as safe as possible for all people to call out unacceptable behaviours, highlight issues when they happen and receive support. This includes introducing early intervention options and improving how the company responds to formal complaints in the workplace.