Recognizing that women have typically been underrepresented in the mining and minerals sector, Tahoe Resources is actively working across its jurisdictions to remove barriers that discourage women from employment and upward progression in mining. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce creates positive value for our employees, communities and shareholders. As reported in our 2016 Sustainability Report, Tahoe’s remuneration is equal between men and women across our operations. Ensuring equal pay, however, is only the start to achieving the competitive advantage that a talented and diverse workforce can bring to a Canadian mining company like Tahoe.
Our commitment to gender equality is demonstrated through promotion of career development programs at our operational jurisdictions. We support the Mining Essentials Program in Canada where First Nations women learn skills necessary for work in mining processing, underground mining and surface mining. In Guatemala, we offer a College Support Program designed to develop and retain our exceptional pool of talent in country, including, for example, two of our female metallurgists who have furthered their careers through advanced studies in material sciences. In Peru, we ensure substantial participation by local women in our annual offering of excavator operator training courses.
In 2017 Tahoe also approved a Diversity Policy that commits to ensuring an inclusive work atmosphere, developing and retaining talent at Tahoe, and promoting greater diversity among Tahoe’s Board of Directors. It reinforces our core values of respect and appreciation for differences in gender, age, ethnicity, indigenous origin or heritage, beliefs, sexual orientation, nationality and other characteristics that make us unique.
Ron Clayton, Tahoe Resources President and CEO, said “A diverse workforce enhances Tahoe’s organizational strength and creates value for our employees, shareholders and communities. We remain committed to fostering an environment where individual differences and perspectives are always valued and respected. Through our work at Tahoe, we have the opportunity to interact with men and women from a variety of cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. When we seek to understand and learn from each other, it facilitates increased collaboration and cooperation throughout our operations. Education is an important component of cultivating diversity, and we are advancing Tahoe’s diversity training to further promote a work environment that attracts and retains the most talented individuals from all backgrounds.”