Members of the St. Louis IDAB, volunteering to help a metro-area food pantry.
Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board
Across Peabody’s business units, Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Boards (IDAB) exist to develop goals and strategies that include promoting an inclusive culture and recruiting and retaining a high-performance workforce that reflects the company’s diverse business platform. IDABs are comprised of employees who are representative of varied backgrounds, from all levels of the organization. IDAB is sponsored globally by two female executives, Amy Schwetz, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Verona Dorch, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary. IDABs are active at our U.S. and Australia operations and in our St. Louis corporate office, championing recruitment strategies and other initiatives such as culture-enhancing activities and mining-promotion events, all to support business goals. All employees are welcome to join and support the important work being done by these groups.
A Pledge to Act on Diversity & Inclusion
While Peabody’s inclusion programs are formalized in policy and practice – embedded in our Equal Employment Opportunity, Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policy and the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics – another important step has recently been taken to drive inclusion and diversity practices across all areas of the business.
In May 2018, Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ Pledge on behalf of the company. CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is known as the largest CEO-driven business commitment for inclusive workplaces, with more than 400 signatories. By signing the pledge, Peabody commits to a deliberate focus on:
Continuing to make our workplaces trusting environments for open exchange and complex conversations about diversity and inclusion.
Implementing and expanding unconscious bias education.
Sharing diversity and inclusion practices – those that produce positive results, and those found less successful – with other companies, with the goal of continuous improvement.
Diverse Workforce Talent
It has long been recognized that diversity of background and thought advances innovation, creativity and collaboration, and that inclusion practices contribute to a more satisfactory work environment. Our recruiting process is designed to attract a diverse applicant pool and give full and equal consideration to all applicants while selecting candidates based on the necessary job requirements for the role.
Hana Newbury, left, was named Outstanding Tradeswoman at the New South Wales Women in Mining Awards in early 2018.
Women in Mining
Strategies to recruit, engage and develop women in mining, an industry that has predominantly and historically employed men, is a focus for Peabody across our operations and administrative offices. We welcome the growing role of women in the coal industry and commend team members who are honored for their roles as leading women in their fields.
George Schuller, President-Australia, (far right) signs a Native Title agreement with Greg Brown from the Barada Barna in Queensland (pictured shaking hands).
Peabody has a deep respect for cultural heritage and collaborates with local indigenous communities at our operations. In Australia, Peabody Burton Mine is located in the Bowen Basin region of Queensland, where two Traditional Owner groups, the Barada Barna and the Wiri, have worked closely alongside Peabody for over a decade, ensuring their cultural values are upheld.
Kayenta Mine employees achieved a safety record during 2017, with a .68 total recordable injury frequency rate, representing over 875,000 hours worked.
Kayenta Mine operates on Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe lands on the Black Mesa in Arizona. During 2017, Native Americans comprised 94 percent of the mine workforce and held more than 75 percent of mine management, administration and supervisory jobs. Peabody’s outreach to the mine’s community has included millions of dollars in scholarship assistance to Navajo and Hopi youth, maintaining two public water stands that provide a free source of potable water for residents and livestock, maintaining roads, equipment maintenance, and a waterline distribution system.
In 2017, Veterans Day and the Marine Corps birthday was presided over by Marine Corps Colonel (ret.) Mike Breneman-Americas Safety Team, in Marine Barracks Ceremonial Uniform.
Approximately 250 military veterans, with an average of nine years of service, are currently employed with Peabody in the U.S. Many employees continue to serve in the U.S. National Guard or Reserves, and their ongoing duty is a source of honor and pride to Peabody. The company celebrates employees who have served their country to protect freedoms and honors veterans during national holidays.
Austin Everet, an NPower intern for Peabody, was successfully converted to a full-time contractor in Information Technology and now works on-site at Peabody headquarters.
Growing a Pipeline of Talent
The company is also focused on growing a pipeline of talent and developing young professionals. As our need for technology professionals grows, Peabody has joined a cohort of companies in St. Louis, Mo., to support NPower, a nonprofit that creates an alternative fast track to digital careers for military veterans and young adults.