We employ locally wherever possible
Our commitment to sharing the benefits of our business is reflected in our recruitment strategy, to employ locally wherever possible. The positions within our operations that directly interact with the community are always filled by local community members. This is of significant importance in the Philippines and El Salvador, where a comprehensive understanding of cultural and linguistic nuances have helped us strengthen engagement outcomes.
Empowering our Female Employees
In 2014, our commitment to creating sustainable economic opportunities for women was formally recognised by the sixth Global CSR Summit and Awards, one of Asia’s most prestigious recognition programs for corporate social responsibility, where we were awarded the Gold Award for Empowerment of Women.
Our objective of offering our female employees an opportunity to transform their futures through training and rewarding growth opportunities are demonstrated at our Didipio Mine where an increasing number of women are taking on non-traditional careers. In addition to entry level positions such as spotters, checkers, dispatchers and haul truck operators, female employees are now also working as mine engineers, geologists, plant metallurgists, control room operators, maintenance planners, safety supervisors, environment officers, mine surveyors and medical physicians. Opportunities offered at Didipio Mine have enabled Marina Bartolome, a haul truck operator, an opportunity to transform herself from a subsistence housewife to a being able to significantly contribute to her family’s financial future.
“Before Delta (OceanaGold’s local contractor) hired me I sold vegetables and other foods to support my children. Working with Delta has changed my life because it was hard to earn money and support my family this way, but now I have good work and am so happy and comfortable with my job,” she said.
We Care Philippines: Employment & Training
Our Goal: 50 new people employed in community by end 2017 (not in the Mine).
We have committed to:
- Increase OGPI’s employment rate of local residents in the priority as stipulated in the 2013 MOA
- Train and develop local residents to become “employable” or “marketable” in different industries in terms of having the right skills, knowledge and values.
- Identify local residents who would make good business leaders and offer them the opportunity to apply for the Business Development Program.