London – 21 November 2022: Women in Mining UK (WIM UK) is thrilled to publish the 2022 edition of its “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” (WIM100), a biennial publication that highlights the wealth of female talent within the global mining industry. The book celebrates 100 women from around the world who go “above & beyond” and contribute so much to the industry and, as a result, are role models for everyone.
In 2022, WIM UK received 915 nominations for 491 women from 61 countries. This edition has been kindly sponsored by BMO Capital Markets, Heidrick & Struggles and BCG (Boston Consulting Group).
Carole Cable, Chair of WIM UK, said: “Congratulations to all the 2022 WIM100s! Today we celebrate 100 inspirational women from around the world; we hear their voices and their stories, and we share their journeys to show that diversity in mining is possible.
“For the world to transition to a low-carbon economy, we will need six times more mineral inputs in 2040 to achieve net-zero emissions globally by 2050. The mining sector plays a vital role in the supply of these critical metals which will be needed to decarbonise and electrify as we move from fossil fuels to wind and solar power generation, battery and fuel cell-based electric vehicles, and hydrogen production At the heart of delivering this, are people but we will only be successful and sustainable as an industry if our workforce and our workplace are truly diverse, equitable and inclusive.
“However, we need to accelerate the pace of change to deliver the energy transition safely, sustainably, and equitably, so we need to think differently and put diversity and people at the heart of everything we do. Congratulations and thank you to the 2022 WIM100 global inspirational women!”
Dr. Stacy Hope, Managing Director at WIM UK, added, “Every two years, Women in Mining UK has the privilege of reviewing hundreds of nominations for women who are making the mining industry safer, more inclusive and, hence, truly sustainable. The 100 women who have been selected for the 2022 edition are tangible proof that the mining industry, and all the people it impacts – from the workers at the mine to the end consumers – are better off because women consistently go above and beyond.
“As in previous years, the 2022 WIM100s represent a variety of roles and responsibilities, including a strong emphasis on sustainability and climate change mitigation. This goes beyond decarbonisation and includes biodiversity conservation, technological innovation, and nature-based solutions. What is particularly interesting in this cohort is the increase in health-focused roles. I believe this is due to a Covid-inspired pivot by mining companies, which now have a greater understanding that their internal and external stakeholders’ health is paramount. This interesting development also aligns with the bigger picture: the sector is clearly evolving and mining leaders see the industry’s role through a more holistic lens.
“I hope this book inspires systemic changes at organisations so that women are given the space and support to succeed and that governments will make legislative reforms that make a career in mining more appealing to women. I also hope this book will shed light on the ever-changing narrative of the mining sector – one that is evolving and proving vital to a sustainable future – and offers inspiration to young people, who may, one day, become part of the future talent pipeline the industry desperately needs. The mining industry will be more resilient, stronger and, ultimately, more successful if we continue to hire, promote and empower women.”
William Smith, Head of International at BMO Capital Markets, said, “BMO recognizes the importance of an inclusive society for the future and is committed to removing barriers to women’s employment and economic empowerment. We are proud to support the fourth consecutive edition of WIM100 celebrating the incredible contributions and accomplishments of women to the metals and mining industry. Congratulations to all the women featured in the 2022 edition.”
Tim Jensen, Metals & Mining Sector Leader, Americas at Heidrick & Struggles, commented, “Creating a diverse talent pipeline is one of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry. We hope the WIM100 publication will continue to inspire young women around the world to join the sector. Congratulations to all the WIM100s.”
Jorge Gouveia de Oliveira, Metals & Mining Sector Leader, EMEA at Heidrick & Struggles, added, “At Heidrick, we spend a lot of time identifying and helping our clients develop women & diverse leaders across the sector. We’re delighted to celebrate this cohort of WIM100s and to support their ongoing success.”
Adrian Schulte Steinberg, Managing Director and Partner at BCG, said, “As we progress in the energy transition, the mining industry is at an inflection point. We must find and develop talent at an accelerated pace. Improving gender diversity, equity and inclusion has become a strategic priority, as research has shown the resulting benefits in levels of innovation and productivity. There is no simple route to success; however, identifying role models and celebrating them is key because this is how we attract women into the field. Congratulations to all!”
The 2022 edition of the WIM100 can be downloaded from the Women in Mining UK website.
Notes to Editors
The 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining
First launched by Women in Mining UK in 2013, the biennial “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” (WIM100) publication, now in its fifth edition, highlights the incredible diversity of talent in mining and celebrates inspirational women and their stories. This edition of the WIM100 is kindly sponsored by BMO Capital Markets, Heidrick & Struggles and BCG (Boston Consulting Group).
In 2022, WIM UK received 915 nominations for 491 women in mining from 61 countries. Those included in the book were selected due to their inspirational actions. This includes being a trailblazer and making positive and impactful changes so the industry can operate in a more safe, sustainable and inclusive way; a commitment to advocating and empowering those working in the mining industry and beyond; and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Previous editions of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” are available here.
About Women in Mining UK
Women in Mining UK (WIM UK) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the employment, retention and advancement of women in the mining sector. We offer programmes and initiatives to progress women’s professional goals and career aspirations, from university all the way to Board level. These include a scholarship programme with the Camborne School of Mines and Imperial College London, internship programme, partnership with Women on Boards UK, and numerous networking, educational and mentoring events. WIM UK publishes thought leadership articles and research as well as the biennial “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” (WIM100), which celebrates women’s contribution to the mining industry and identifies inspirational role models to encourage future generations of women to consider mining as a career choice. For more information about joining WIM UK, please visit our website. Membership is free and open to everyone, regardless of gender or location.
About BMO Financial Group
Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $1.07 trillion as of July 31, 2022, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.
About Heidrick & Struggles
Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII) is a premier provider of global leadership advisory and on-demand talent solutions, serving the senior-level talent and consulting needs of the world’s top organizations. In our role as trusted leadership advisors, we partner with our clients to develop future-ready leaders and organizations, bringing together our services and offerings in executive search, diversity and inclusion, leadership assessment and development, organization and team acceleration, culture shaping and on-demand, independent talent solutions. Heidrick & Struggles pioneered the profession of executive search more than 65 years ago. Today, the firm provides integrated talent and human capital solutions to help our clients change the world, one leadership team at a time.
About BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
Boston Consulting Group is a global consulting firm that partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges and capture their greatest opportunities. Our success depends on a spirit of deep collaboration and a global community of diverse individuals determined to make the world and each other better every day. We work closely with our mining clients to help them engineer the strategic and operational shifts needed to stay competitive. We also help our clients manage large-scale change and build the in-house capabilities that are essential for sustaining success. To help these clients realize bold ambitions, we draw on a deep well of knowledge and experience, as well as on our specialized consultants.
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