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Resources and energy high achievers celebrated at AREEA Industry Awards

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The resources and energy industry’s shining stars have been recognised for their critical contribution in ensuring the sector’s success throughout the challenges of 2021.

Sector-leading individuals and organisations were celebrated through the 2021 AREEA Industry Awards, presented this week at the East (Brisbane) and West Coast (Perth) Gala Dinners, the annual workforce celebration of Australian Resources and Energy Group AREEA.

In their 14th year, the prestigious awards highlight leadership, innovation, diversity and excellence in the sector, putting the spotlight on these high achievers in front of industry leaders and peers.

AREEA Chief Executive Steve Knott AM praised the high level of award winners across four categories covering key workforce-related areas of the industry.

“Employees and employers of the resources and energy industry have shown incredible leadership and innovation to overcome the varied challenges faced during COVID-19,” he said.

“Amid such great challenge and uncertainty, it is more important than ever we celebrate those who have achieved excellence and relished the opportunity to continually innovate and improve.

“The industry has softened the impact of the global health pandemic on the Australian economy. This has not been by chance – it has been a direct result of our talented and resilient people stepping up to the challenge.

“At a time when it has been, and will continue to be, so important for our sector to step up and continue its contribution for the benefit of all Australians, the AREEA Industry Awards are fitting recognition of their hard work and commitment.

“As always, the calibre of this year’s award winners and the many high-quality nominations is testament to the tremendous work being undertaken by individuals and organisations across Australia’s resources and energy industry.”

See below for further information on the four award winners.

For images of the award winners, or additional comment, please contact Brad Thompson on 0409 781 580.

2021 AREEA Industry Award winners

Mental Health and Wellbeing award – Compass Group

Judges were impressed by Compass Group’s comprehensive approach to tackle workplace sexual harassment, with the company leaving no stone unturned to uncover the fundamental underlying cause of incidents. This enabled Compass to provide better support through a wide range of initiatives and actions to achieve sustainable cultural change. The company identified broader corrective actions and uncovered the root causes and ‘why’ that lead to incidents.

Future Leader award – Byron Davis (Ventia)

Byron is playing a leading role in improving outcomes for fellow Indigenous Australians through his part in Ventia’s Indigenous Employment team. Through his very personal, non-traditional recruitment approach, Byron has ensured closer relationships with key stakeholders and contributed to increasing Ventia’s Indigenous employment to 10%. By sharing not only his own stories, but also that of his network, Byron is building on relationships that will move the dial when it comes to Indigenous Australian engagement with non-Indigenous people.

Diversity & Inclusion award – Sodexo

Sodexo was recognised for its commitment to refugee employment, which focuses on overcoming the significant employment obstacles faced by refugees. As part of Sodexo’s global commitment to hire 2,000 refugees by 2025, Sodexo Australia successfully engaged with TAFE to deliver a flagship training course which would transition refugees into its workforce, with all participants hired into permanent, full-time employment. An additional three clients have expressed an interest in implementing the program on their sites, enabling a further 50 refugees to be trained, gain experience and have access to potential employment outcomes. To date, Sodexo has employed more than 40 refugees across the Australian organisation.

Workforce & Workplace Relations Innovation award (sponsored by Sodexo) – Newmont Australia

Newmont was awarded for its decisive and safety-focused handling of the detection of a COVID-19 positive employee at its Granites Gold Mine in the Northern Territory’s Tanami Desert. The wide-ranging actions highlighted Newmont’s stringent planning and preparation, with the company’s approach focussing on the welfare and safety of all employees and contractors affected by the decision, while also factoring in the mental health and financial repercussions.  The employee response for operational ramp-up was positive and willing – with the mine able to return to full operations much more quickly than anticipated due to the employee support.

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