Strength in Diversity, Investing in our People
Copper Mountain is committed to building an inclusive, diverse workforce where employees feel empowered and have a sense of belonging.
A majority of our workforce is from our surrounding communities. We are proud to recruit locally, enhance employees’ skills through training, and promote from within our organization.
Our workforce has also become more diverse. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, faith, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, or disability status, and we recognize the importance of hiring and promoting people with different backgrounds, life experiences, and mindsets to drive innovative problem-solving. Globally, 15.9% of our workforce was female in 2021, an increase of 51% over six years. For 2022, we have set a target for 25% of global new hires to be female to deliver a year-end target of 18% female employees. As of the end of 2021, 15.4% of the Copper Mountain Mine workforce self-identified as Indigenous. In 2022, we have set a target for 20% of new Copper
Mountain hires to be Indigenous, with a year-end target of 17% Indigenous employees.
We strive to continually create an environment where all employees feel welcome, safe, and supported.
Copper Mountain invests in its people. We offer several successful training and development programs, including our 13 apprenticeship programs supporting various disciplines. Apprenticeships are highly valued and sought after by Copper Mountain employees. Upon acceptance into the apprenticeship program, an employee’s tuition, textbooks, living out allowance, and wages are paid for by the company.
Since the program’s inception in 2012, 34 apprentices have successfully achieved the Red Seal standard of excellence in the skilled trades. Copper Mountain was recognized by the British Columbia Industry Training Authority for our excellent Industrial Trades Development Program.
Each year we target hiring several summer students, including undergraduate, technical, and high school students. Students serve in important seasonal roles at the mine and play a critical role in developing mining talent within the province. Many of these students return to work for the mine in subsequent years.