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Rio Tinto report finds ‘disturbing’ culture of sexual harassment, racism and bullying

A report launched by Rio Tinto on Tuesday outlined a culture of bullying, harassment and racism on the international mining big, together with 21 complaints of precise or tried rape or sexual assault over the previous 5 years.

Nearly half of all workers who responded to an exterior evaluate of the miner’s office culture commissioned by Rio stated that they had been bullied, whereas racism was discovered to be widespread throughout a quantity of areas.

Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jakob Stausholm stated the outcomes had been “disturbing” and the corporate would implement all 26 suggestions from the report by former Australian intercourse discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.

“The eye opener for me was two-fold,” Stausholm instructed Reuters. “I hadn’t realised how much bullying exists in the company and secondly that it’s quite systemic – the three issues of bullying, sexual harassment and racism … that’s extremely disturbing.”

Rio Tinto launched the evaluate in March final 12 months. More than 10,000 workers, practically 1 / 4 of its 45,000-strong office shared their experiences and views for the examine.

The report discovered practically 30per cent girls and about 7per cent of males have skilled sexual harassment at work, with 21 girls reporting precise or tried rape or sexual assault.

Racism was a “significant challenge” for workers at many areas. People working a rustic completely different to their beginning skilled excessive charges of racism whereas practically 40per cent of males who determine as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in Australia had skilled racism.

“I have copped racism in every single corner of this company,” one worker was anonymously quoted as saying.

Rio stated reforms will concentrate on a dedication from the corporate’s management to create a secure and inclusive working atmosphere, together with by growing range throughout the firm. It would additionally guarantee the corporate’s distant mine website amenities are secure, and make it simpler for workers to name out unacceptable behaviours.

SEXISM, RACISM

The Rio report comes forward of the discharge of one other report by the West Australia state authorities later this 12 months on sexual harassment at mining camps within the state, which supplies greater than half of the world’s provide of iron ore.

Submissions to the inquiry final 12 months stated sexual harassment was rife at mining camps in Western Australia, which is house to mines of international corporations together with BHP Group, Rio Tinto and Fortescue.

In a 2020 report, an Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into sexual harassment discovered that 74per cent of girls within the mining trade had skilled some type of sexual harassment previously 5 years, partly on account of a gender imbalance.

Nearly 80per cent of Rio Tinto’s workforce is male.

“Creating a safe, respectful work culture will encourage people of all backgrounds and diversity to thrive in our organisations,” Kellie Parker, the Australian CEO for Rio Tinto instructed Reuters.

Male and feminine workers in South Africa skilled the best charges of racism. Employees spoke of the frequency of racism and its impacts on their confidence, shallowness and work efficiency.

“Rio is a Caucasian oriented company,” one worker stated within the report.

Rio stated the report got here at a pivotal time as office cultures shift towards the backdrop of #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and different international actions, in addition to an Australian inquiry into Rio’s destruction of Juukan Gorge, culturally vital rock shelters.

Stausholm stated Juukan Gorge had triggered the most important administration change within the historical past of Rio and the brand new crew needed to drive extra change.

“Its a matter of using the momentum of the moment now and try to move these actions forward fast because we cannot change these from one day to another.”

(Reporting by Praveen Menon; modifying by Richard Pullin)

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