Dominion has a diverse and multifaceted workforce that drives the company’s success. Keeping our workplace safe, and helping employees develop skills that support their personal growth and strengthen our business, are ongoing priorities.
At the Ekati mine, the Socio-Economic Agreement sets targets for northern and Aboriginal employment as a means of building capacity in the North and contributing to the economic well-being of northern people. To live up to these commitments, we have a preferential hiring policy that gives qualified Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) members, northern Aboriginal candidates, and northern residents priority for jobs and contractor positions. We have also put in place initiatives to help northern residents gain the necessary skills and education for employment in the mining sector.
Almost half of Ekati’s workforce was made up of contractors in 2016. Although they are not direct employees of Dominion, they are treated with the same respect and are expected to uphold our values and Code of Ethics and Business Conduct. They participate in many of our employee programs, including health and safety, internal communications, and select training programs.
In India, we employ close to 80 people, the large majority of whom are involved in diamond sorting and valuation. While our core values remain the same wherever we operate, employment practices are tailored to the local context.
Note: Employees working at the Diavik mine are employed by DDMI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto and the operator of the Diavik mine. Please see the Diavik Diamond Mine 2016 Sustainable Development Report for details about Diavik mine employee practices and performance.