As a long-term operator in the Pilbara of Western Australia, the team at Iron Ore is very aware that Indigenous people in the region experience, on average, higher rates of developmental vulnerability, lower school attendance and high school completion rates and substantially lower annual incomes than non-Indigenous people. Iron Ore’s long-term commitment to contribute to addressing these issues has centred around three key areas: its education-to-employment pipeline; training for employment; and building organisational capacity.
As a result, since 2001 the number of Indigenous employees at Iron Ore has increased four-fold. And the numbers continue to grow as a result of the team’s comprehensive approach and the design and delivery of innovative programs.
At the end of July 2015, there were 654 Indigenous employees in Iron Ore or 7.6 per cent of the total workforce. The team aspires towards a target of at least 10 per cent by 2020, creating sustainable, positive change in the lives of Indigenous people.