Mining, among other economic industries, has long been a male-dominated industry, not only in India but also in the industrialised world. Yet, in Rajasthan, many female engineers are gently but steadily breaking down this gender prejudice.
Inside India’s largest and only Zinc, Lead, Silver producing company, 505 women employees including 109 women engineers are leading the wave of change in mining and smelting operations. From driving mining vehicles twice/thrice the sizes to operating plants which produce the highest quality products to working nightshifts, these women have done it all and are a fundamental part of the growth story of Hindustan Zinc.
The company has taken a multi-pronged approach that includes focused efforts to encourage and empower young engineers to create new processes and implement new technologies. Hindustan Zinc, strongly believes that diverse workforce is the key to high performance, and actively pursues this goal. The company targets gender parity with equal representation and equal opportunities for both the genders across all levels. Empowering women employees and enabling them to showcase their potential has been the cornerstone of the company’s growth journey.
As a result, India’s First women Mine managers to work in underground mines are from Hindustan Zinc.
Hindustan Zinc under the Inclusion Project has focussed on workforce composition as the first step, which includes gender, regional, educational, physical ability, age, ethnicity, and communities. The company has also developed a roadmap and declared, the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and the Diversity Policy.
Hindustan Zinc firmly believes that the presence of women in mining and engineering is important to India’s robust journey of growth and development. The mining and metals major has engaged 19.34% of women in the executive workforce, and 5% in leadership roles across various departments. The company has also been providing training and development opportunities to its female employees to enhance their skills and knowledge.
Hindustan Zinc has always been a frontrunner in promoting gender, geographical, cultural, & racial diversity and has set a target to achieve and maintain 30% diversity among all executive and management committees.
About Hindustan Zinc Limited
Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group company in Zinc-Lead and Silver business is world’s 2nd largest integrated Zinc producer and 5th largest Silver producer. The company governs about ~80% of the growing Zinc market in India with its headquarters at Udaipur along with Zinc-Lead mines and smelting complexes spread across the state of Rajasthan.
Hindustan Zinc is self-sufficient in power with captive thermal power plants and has ventured into green energy by setting-up wind power plants. The company is ranked 1st in Asia-Pacific for the fourth consecutive year and globally 3rd in S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment in 2022 amongst Mining & Metal companies. Hindustan Zinc is a certified Water Positive company and is the only Indian company to be recognized at the S&P Global Platts Metal Award 2022 winning two prestigious awards for ‘Industry Leadership Award – Base, Precious & Specialty Metals’ Award and ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ Award.
The company takes pride in having some of the best-in-class people practices and employee-centric initiatives, which have certified Hindustan Zinc as – ‘Great Place to Work 2023’, ‘Company with Great Managers 2022’ by People Business and the ‘People-first HR Excellence Award’.
As a socially responsible corporate, Hindustan Zinc has been relentlessly working towards transforming lives of 1.7 million people in 237 villages in the states of Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. The company is amongst the Top 15 CSR Spenders in India.