We promote the Company’s progress and growth through the incorporation, integration, and personal and professional development of each one of the 18,302 people employed by Buenaventura, our subsidiaries and contractors. We also strive to ensure an adequate workplace environment, in keeping with our corporate values.
Since 2002, we have conducted an annual workplace climate survey in each one of our units, projects and offices, in order to identify opportunities for improvement. In 2016, this task was once again entrusted to Mercer, an international consulting firm that specializes in this area, which distributed a questionnaire with five categories of questions.
This year, the general workplace climate index was 55%, exhibiting an improvement and remaining within the average range for the Peruvian mining sector. With this score, we consolidated our progress in this indicator, achieving sustained growth since 2012, when we obtained a 43% index.
Our positive results were also evident due to the fact that our employees’ level of commitment to the Company was 71%, while their job satisfaction level was 66%.
We are aware of the importance of training our employees. For this reason, we constantly seek to strengthen their skills in an effort to achieve better results and greater productivity.
Ever faithful to this commitment, in 2016 we organized 47 corporate induction sessions and 5 “Buenaventura Is Family” meetings with our Chairman of the Board, Roque Benavides. We have also provided support to a significant number of our employees, allowing them to participate in 6 Master’s Programs, 4 specialized programs, 50 courses, and 20 seminars.
We also implemented a training project aimed at all drilling and blasting personnel who have begun work at Orcopampa. The course, which we carried out jointly with the Center of Mining Technology (CETEMIN), included two programs: a training and certification program for those already working at the units, and a training course for local residents on drilling activities, certifying them as drilling assistants.
We also implemented the online training platform “Buenaventura Campus”. The initial courses on offer included First Aid, Ethics, and the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention System.
Our training activities in 2016 also included a leadership workshop aimed at managers, directors, superintendents, and area heads in Lima and the mining units. The course focused on three topics: leadership; positive and progressive discipline; and efficient time management as part of Buenaventura’s corporate values.