Our people

We are committed to treating our people fairly, upholding their rights, and developing their careers.

Why our people matter to us

Our people are essential to our success and growth. We recognise that we need a skilled and committed workforce – with a diverse range of experience and perspectives. 

Our approach

We work to create diverse workplaces and develop talent – while upholding the rights of our workforce and giving them simple ways to raise concerns.


Diversity is essential to our business. We aim to employ workforces that reflect the demographics of the communities where we operate.

As part of this, we are committed to finding ways to include and promote people from indigenous communities.

We prohibit all forms of discrimination, and do not tolerate any form of harassment in the workplace.


of our personnel in our marketing business are female


of our total workforce is female

Women in mining at Glencore

Inuit employment at Raglan Mine

Career development

We work to attract and retain the best people at every level. We undertake regular assessments of skill levels and competence – aiming to support, develop and reward people with talent and potential.

See also our section on careers at Glencore.

Labour relations

We uphold the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We prohibit all forms of child, forced or compulsory labour.

We recognise and uphold the rights of our workforce to a safe workplace, freedom of association, collective representation, just compensation, job security and opportunities for development.

More than 70%

of our employees were covered by collective bargaining agreements in 2016

We consult with and support our people when we make major changes such as closures, mergers and acquisitions. 

Raising concerns

If there appears to be a breach of our Code of Conduct, employees, contractors and suppliers are encouraged to raise this through local channels.

To make it easy to formally raise concerns about ethics or compliance, we also have mechanisms known as “Raising Concerns”.

Our progress

We are working to attract and retain a diverse workforce:


of managers at Altonorte, Chile, were female in 2016


of trainees entering our Indigenous Employment Program at Mount Isa Mines, Australia, were female (as of 2016).


of overall employees at Mount Isa Mines, Australia, are women and 5% come from indigenous communities


of employees at McArthur River Mine, Australia, come from an indigenous background


Across the Group, our employee turnover rate in 2016 was 10%. This was down from 19% in 2015, as market conditions started to improve.

Union relations

At several assets in Australia, South Africa and South America, we reached new three-year wage agreements. We also prepared for upcoming renegotiations at many assets.

Principles we follow

UN Global Compact Principles 1–6

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights

Principle 2: Business should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining

Principle 4: Businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour

Principle 5: Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labour

Principle 6: Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation


UN Sustainable Development Goals - Goals 1, 2, 4, 5 and 10

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

International Council on Mining and Metals - Principle 3

Principle 3: Respect human rights and the interests, cultures, customs and values of employees and communities affected by our activities

Next steps

We will carry on raising awareness of Glencore's Values – to position ourselves as an employer of choice.

We are also developing programmes to support supervisors at our assets.