Our goal is to employ a skilled workforce that reflects the demographic of the regions in which we operate and to create a positive, supportive and inclusive culture. The Group has established procedures to ensure that there are no instances of discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin, family situation, religion, language, political beliefs, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity, paternity or disability. Any reports of discrimination or harassment are investigated and managed.
In line with the Group’s corporate values we seek to select, recruit and promote employees based on merit. We give equal access to training and career development opportunities appropriate for every employee’s experience level.
We aim to develop the expertise required for our operations from our existing workforce, recruiting locally where possible. The Group has a leadership programme in place focused on the training and development of national employees to fill key positions in the future. Our operations are located in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and in 2018, 98% of the Group’s permanent employees were nationals of these countries.
In circumstances where specialist skills are required, we draw on international expertise with a view to transferring knowledge and best practice in the medium to long term. The number of expatriates at KAZ Minerals is limited and they are largely employed at Bozshakol and Aktogay working alongside local teams who will ultimately take over the full management of operations. At Bozshakol, following the initial commissioning and establishment of working practices, operational management has been transferred from expatriates on fixed-term contracts to permanent employees, with international expertise retained to provide support on specific technical matters.
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