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Gender Equality at South32

South32 focus to achieve significant positive change relevant to the local context. This includes increasing the representation of women.
  • Each year South32 sets measurable inclusion and diversity objectives which are approved by its Board as part of the strategic priorities of its Business Scorecard. For FY21 these objectives were to:
    • Demonstrate year-on-year improvement in the representation of women employees by targeting reduced voluntary turnover and increased hires;
    • Maintain the representation of women on its Board and Lead Team at greater than 33 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively;
    • Improve the representation of women in its leadership teams, targeting 40 per cent of the Senior Leadership Team and 20 per cent of the Operational Leadership Team by the end of FY21;
    • Continue to pursue fair representation of the Economically Active Population in South Africa, as measured by Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) scorecard performance; and
    • Continue to target pay equity for our employees, with respect to gender and ethnicity.
    • This year South32 formed a global Inclusion and Diversity working group to undertake a diagnostic review and develop an actionable plan to deliver an immediate and longer-term step-change in our people’s experience of inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
  • Commitment to gender equality:
    • South32 became a signatory to 40:40 Vision, an investor-led initiative to achieve gender balance in executive leadership across all ASX200 companies by 2030.
    • Its CEO is a member of the Champions of Change National 2021 Group, part of the Champions of Change Coalition, which is committed to driving gender equality and increasing the representation of women in leadership positions.
    • Its CEO is a member of CEOs for Gender Equity, a CEO-led membership organization committed to achieve gender balanced workplaces.

You can read more about our inclusion and diversity focus and initiatives in the 2021 Sustainable Development Report and Sustainability Databook at