The Asia Miner

JAN-MAR 2019

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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the asia miner • volume 16 • issue 1 7 LEADING DEVELOPMENTS conclusion and have begun seমng targets for gender equality and greater cultural inclusivity. Karla Velásquez, Mining & Metals Leader, Deloie Peru, however, sঞll sees diversity and inclusion as ongoing problem for the industry. "The industry has been on this journey for many years and has not yet moved the dial in any significant way," says Ms Velásquez. "It's ঞme for mining companies to go beyond training and change management, and explore the operaঞonalisaঞon of more flexible programs, especially on mine sites." DEMANDING PROVENANCE As customers shi[ their demand towards baery minerals, in great part driven by the Electric Vehicle (EV) market, they also demand a transparent provenance for those minerals. This in turn exposes mining companies to increased scruঞny from socially-conscious consumers wanঞng to know the origin of raw materials in electronic products. As a result, downstream customers – such as automoঞve manufacturers and tech giants are demanding ethically-sourced materials. This is driving the adopঞon of technologies such as blockchain to enhance the traceability of commodiঞes. "Mining companies that can respond rapidly may see a first mover advantage that allows them to earn a premium on their products," says Ian Sanders, Mining & Metals Leader, Deloie Australia. REIMAGINING WORK, WORKERS AND THE WORKPLACE As much as digiঞsaঞon and automaঞon are altering the nature of work – with miners now required to expand their skill sets – the industry is also facing a substanঞal generaঞonal shi[. Deloie reports that in Canada, "50,000 mining workers, represenঞng roughly 26 per cent of the current workforce, are expected to reঞre in the next ten years". Adding to those woes are the decreasing enrolments in mining-related disciplines, making finding new talent a rather difficult task. According to Australian staঞsঞcs, as cited by Deloie, enrolment in mining engineering courses "fell from 292 in 2014 to 171 in 2017 and is projected to drop to an alarming 47 by 2020". Janine Nel, Global Human Capital Energy, Resources & Industrials Leader, Deloie Africa says that there are countless tacঞcal steps mining companies can take in seমng the foundaঞon for the future of work. "None of them, however, will be effecঞve unless the C-suite comes together to define their vision of the future and allocate resources against that vision," concluded Ms Nel. Digisaon and automaon are altering the nature of work "Mining companies that can respond rapidly may see a first mover advantage that allows them to earn a premium on their products

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