Golden Star Resources has unveiled a policy on inclusion and diversity to mark International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of adopting the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) – considered the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights.
The Policy has been developed through engagement with employees and the specialist human resources and community affairs teams. It has been ratified by the Golden Star Board of Directors and endorsed by the Company’s Management Team.
Andrew Wray, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Star commented: “The Policy on Inclusion and Diversity furthers our commitment to live by our values – collaboration, caring, honesty, respect and fairness. This framework will be applied across our operations in Ghana and the company’s head office in London. At the Wassa Mine, we recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with our host communities; and this process incorporated a commitment to enhance the engagement of women and youth.
“For some time, the company has been focused on creating employment opportunities for Ghanaian nationals, and more specifically the host communities from around the mines. These initiatives have successfully resulted in a 98 percent Ghanaian workforce.
“We are now looking to extend these initiatives to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity of our host communities. The insights shared by the diverse team that has contributed to this policy will be fundamental to our success, and this process has established relationships which we hope will continue to grow in the future.”
New strategic endeavours to promote inclusion and diversity include:
- A target to have 20 percent female representation across our business by the end of 2025. This will be a significant step forward from the current 4 percent female representation;
- A partnership with Women In Mining UK to provide summer internships at Golden Star;
- The development of an Inclusion and Diversity plan that will include targets to enhance involvement of women in work placements, internships and graduate opportunities;
- Programmes to gain recognition as an employer of choice;
- A partnership with Golden Star Oil Palm Plantation (GSOPP) and Solidaridad West Africa to enhance opportunities for women and youth involved in sustainable palm oil production; and
- A partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ): Employment and Skills Development (E4D) in Africa Programme for empowerment of women and youth in Ghana through skills and enterprise development.
In support of the Policy on Inclusion and Diversity Golden Star will continue to:
- Support the Golden Star Ladies Club, established in 2010 to support and empower members and to promote advocacy in our host communities;
- Implement new methods of engagement to promote participation and engagement by women and youth;
- Set targets and undertake specific programmes to enhance diversity and retain a diverse and skilled workforce for the achievement of our goals;
- Provide opportunities for members of the workforce to participate in cross-cultural awareness initiatives for enhanced understanding and collaboration;
- Undertake data collection on diversity matters and increase transparency through greater corporate reporting;
- Partner with other organisations, to deliver interventions with the objective of enhancing opportunities for economic, social and wellbeing security for women and youth;
- Conduct ongoing education with our teams on our values, to ensure all personnel behave in a way that upholds our standards;
- Promote the involvement of women and youth in the Golden Star Oil Palm Plantation, to enhance the 30 percent female participation and 36 percent youth (18-35 years) participation; and
- Fund the Golden Star Development Foundation and GSOPP with US$2 per ounce of gold produced to provide sustainable socioeconomic development opportunities for our host communities.