Port Waratah Coal Services wins Diversity Program and Performance Award

Port Waratah Coal Services wins Diversity Program and Performance Award

Port Waratah Coal Services has won the Excellence in Diversity Program and Performance Award in this year’s Women in Mining Awards.

This award recognises excellence and innovation in gender diversity programs and demonstrated outstanding performance in increasing the proportion of women in the workplace.

Over the last five years, through the implementation of a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, Port Waratah has achieved several milestones in gender diversity.

Leading by example, female representation in the Senior Leadership Team has risen from 7.7 to 50 per cent and 30 per cent of non-manager leadership roles are now held by women.

Port Waratah CEO, Hennie du Plooy accepted the award on behalf of all employees, particularly the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, who have successfully engaged the broader team, facilitated acceptance, and developed an inclusive culture to make this progress possible.

“We are seeing the positive impacts that diversity of thought and experience is bringing to our organisation, but even more importantly, we are able to demonstrate to current and prospective employees that we have opportunities for all,” Hennie said.

“The ultimate objective of the program has been to grow an organisation that looks different and feels different, is more flexible, inclusive and successful, and above all – in which everyone is valued.”

The program has also enabled a new flexible work policy and a diversity and inclusion lens is applied to employee lifecycle activities, including recruitment, learning and development.

In a testimony, Non-executive Director, Founder of the Equal Futures Project and former CEO of HVCC, Dr Kirsten Molloy, said it’s a great honour to see Port Waratah recognised for their focus on diversity and that the whole team should be proud of this achievement.

“As a key stakeholder in Port Waratah’s delivery of services, it has been rewarding to watch their focus on diversity and inclusion and strategy over the years deliver real change,” she said.

“Taking an approach that considers customer needs, employees and the community Port Waratah have taken a considered and engaged approach resulting in much greater diversity in leadership and benefits associated with that.”

The NSW Women in Mining Awards recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women and gender diversity champions across our industry.

IMAGE | Port Waratah Coal Services receive recognition for their focus on inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.

Port Waratah Coal Services

Port Waratah Coal Services has been receiving, stockpiling, blending and loading coal for export at the Port of Newcastle for over 40 years. They own and manage the Kooragang and Carrington Coal Terminals, which operate 24/7, and have a combined capacity of 145 million tonnes per annum.

Port Waratah has always been two things – a pioneer and a partner. They are committed to understanding and fulfilling their responsibilities as an employer and community member, as well as meeting their legal obligations. Port Waratah is an unlisted public company working in partnership with more than 25 producers and other service providers in the Hunter Valley Coal Chain. They aim to continuously improve their environmental performance, contribute to the local economy by buying and employing locally and support sustainability and resilience of the local community though their Community Investment and Partnership Programme.

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