Building an Inclusive and Diverse Culture

3 August 2023

Advantgarde International

by Paloma Ortiz-Lopez

By Paloma Ortiz-Lopez

The mining industry has historically faced significant challenges in achieving gender and ethnic inclusion. The statistics paint a concerning picture, with limited representation of women and ethnic minorities in key roles. According to recent data, women account for only 16% of the mining industry’s workforce, and ethnic minorities are significantly underrepresented. Addressing these disparities and promoting diversity and inclusion is crucial for the mining sector’s sustainable growth and success.

In today’s world, building an inclusive and diverse culture is not only a moral imperative, it’s also a competitive advantage for businesses. However, many companies struggle to achieve this goal on their own.

Mining companies should recognize the immense value and potential of investing in programs that support the development of a more diverse and inclusive business.

Source: Linkedin: Gender Equity in the Workplace 2022

Benefits of an Inclusive and Diverse Culture

Embracing diversity and fostering an inclusive culture within the mining industry brings numerous benefits:

  • Improved Reputation and Stakeholder Relations: Demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusion enhances a company’s reputation, attracting stakeholders who value and prioritize diversity. This can lead to stronger relationships with investors, clients, and communities.
  • Access to Global Markets: Diverse and inclusive companies are better equipped to understand and serve a diverse customer base. This positions mining companies to seize opportunities in global markets and adapt to changing consumer preferences.
  • Compliance with Legal and Regulatory Requirements: Many countries have implemented diversity and inclusion regulations. By proactively embracing these requirements, mining companies can ensure compliance, mitigate legal risks, and maintain a positive public image.
Source: (May 2020) Diversity Wins: How inclusion matters
  • Retention and Development of Top Talent: An inclusive culture fosters a sense of belonging and enables employees to thrive. This, in turn, improves talent retention, reduces turnover costs, and supports the professional development of all employees.
  • Enhanced Problem Solving and Innovation: Diverse teams bring different perspectives, experiences, and ideas to the table. This diversity of thought leads to more creative problem-solving and innovative solutions, enabling mining companies to navigate challenges more effectively and adapt to changing market dynamics.
  • Better Decision-Making: A diverse and inclusive workforce fosters better decision-making processes. Different backgrounds and experiences contribute to a broader range of insights, reducing the risk of groupthink and enabling more informed, well-rounded decisions.

Our solutions


Avantgarde International provides comprehensive training programs to equip in-house talent acquisition teams with the knowledge and skills to attract, recruit, and retain diverse talent. These programs cover best practices, unconscious bias awareness, and inclusive recruitment strategies.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Audit:

Avantgarde International conducts thorough D&I audits to assess a company’s current practices, identify gaps, and recommend strategies for improvement. This includes reviewing recruitment processes, policies, site facilities and cultural initiatives to ensure they align with diversity and inclusion goals.

Diversity, Equity & Recruitment Services:

Avantgarde International specializes in D&I recruitment, actively sourcing diverse candidates and facilitating inclusive hiring practices. We leverage our extensive network, expertise, and innovative methodologies to connect companies with qualified candidates who bring unique perspectives and experiences.

Leadership Coaching:

Avantgarde International offers leadership coaching programs that focus on developing inclusive leadership skills. Our experienced coaches provide guidance and support to leaders, helping them create an inclusive work environment, foster diversity, and lead by example. Our inclusive leadership program will cement equality, diversity, and inclusion in your managers’ minds. It will become an inextricable part of their professional lives, and crucial to individual and organizational success. The sessions are thought-provoking, well-paced, and always aligned with your values.

All-male teams were shown to make better business decisions than individuals 58% of the time, while gender-diverse teams outperformed individuals 73% of the time. (People Management)

Our Experience

Paloma Ortiz-Lopez

Founder’s Expertise:

Our founder Paloma Ortiz-Lopez brings over a decade of experience in HR consulting and recruitment. Having been part of male- dominated industries since the age of 9, she understands the unique challenges faced by underrepresented individuals. With a passion for achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals, our founder actively works towards breaking barriers and empowering others. She also hosts the Diary of a Female Leader podcast, an inspirational series following the journeys of incredible female leaders in ‘male-dominated’ environments.

DEI Expert Consultants:

Our team of DEI expert consultants boasts over 20 years of experience in driving DEI processes for organizations worldwide. They possess deep knowledge and expertise in designing and implementing comprehensive DEI strategies tailored to the mining industry. With a proven track record of success, our consultants collaborate closely with clients to identify and address systemic barriers, foster inclusive cultures, and create pathways for diverse talent to thrive. By leveraging our founder’s extensive experience and the expertise of our DEI consultants, Avantgarde International is uniquely positioned to provide holistic support in achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion goals for mining companies. We combine practical industry knowledge, cutting-edge strategies, and a genuine commitment to driving positive change, ensuring our clients’ success in building more diverse and inclusive businesses.

Contact Advantgarde International



Paloma Ortiz-Lopez
Managing Director
mobile: +44 (0)7568145858
email: [email protected]

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