Open to all stakeholders in mining

Launched March 2020, round tables and data collection in progress



  • Innovative and practical ideas to improve workplace design that benefit everyone working in mining
  • Sharing of best practices and solutions to attract, recruit and retain women in mining and ensure the well-being of everyone working in mining
  • Focus on action-orientated outcomes within businesses and organisations which, supported by key procurement processes, encourages individuals and organisations to challenge the status quo


In a context combining digital and automation revolution with increasing ESG expectations, mining is focusing on workplace attractiveness, health, safety, mechanisation, automation, and work management. Effective workplace design, referring to the process of designing and organising a workplace to optimise worker performance and safety, is part of this evolution and a key lever to attract and retain high-quality skills to the industry.

By making mining attractive, safe and healthy, mining is also made more productive, efficient and profitable. While safe and healthy workplaces should be a goal in itself, there are several other advantages as well. This includes lower costs, higher productivity, improved quality, and so on. The picture of health and safety as solely an expense, required by law, has long since been erased. In fact, health and safety is most expensive when it is ignored.” (Joel Lööw, Bo Johansson and Eira Andersson, Designing the Safe and Attractive Mine, 2016)

IWiM aims to ensure that the voice and needs of women are considered in this evolution.

The first round table was held in March 2020 at PDAC in Canada.

Since 2021 it became a working group of the International WIM Alliance under the coordination of WIM USA and WiR (Women in Resources, Northern Territories, Australia)

Discussions included topics as diverse as technology/digital transformation and automation, safety and PPE, procurement and supply chains, shift design, changing rooms and toilets, FIFO, lactation, menstruation and menopause, crèches and nurseries, parental leave, mental health, office design and pregnancy.

In Q2 2022, we plan to publish a white paper with recommendations and a draft framework

To participate in this initiative, please contact us.

Concept Note Inclusive Workplace Design in Mining

PDAC 2020 round table summary notes

Round Table Discussion held at Norton Rose Fulbright in Toronto during PDAC 2020