Rio Tinto celebrates Emerging Indigenous Executive Leaders with Australian Graduate School of Management
Rio Tinto and the Australian Graduate School of Management
(AGSM) at UNSW Business School have partnered to strengthen
Indigenous leadership in the company through the School’s Emerging
Indigenous Executive Leaders Program (EIELP).
Under the partnership, the AGSM’s EIELP has been tailored for
Rio Tinto to focus on empowering Indigenous leaders who have an
influential role in shaping the future of its business.
The first group of Rio Tinto Indigenous leaders has now
completed the six-month long, globally recognised program through
AGSM at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Business School.
The group of 17 leaders graduated with an AGSM Certificate of
Executive Management Development after a final week of the program
in Cairns that included cultural immersion, presentation of
strategic challenges and a graduation ceremony.
Rio Tinto Chief Executive, Australia, Kellie Parker said “This
partnership was formed from our strong commitment to attract,
retain and grow Indigenous leaders within the company and improve
the way we do business. We are thrilled to partner with AGSM and
UNSW to deliver this program.
“We know a diverse workforce with a strong Indigenous voice at
its centre will strengthen our business, and this initiative will
play an important role in advancing Indigenous leadership across
all areas of our company, and at all levels.
“Investing in the next generation of Indigenous leaders,
including Traditional Owners who have links to our signatory
agreements, will not only grow a skill set needed for those
communities, but will also strengthen our company’s relationships
with those communities.”
The EIELP provides opportunities for participants to further
develop leadership capabilities, learn and exchange traditional and
contemporary knowledge and network with and learn from business
On completion of the program, participants receive an AGSM
Certificate of Executive Management Development that can be applied
towards AGSM’s online MBA program, the MBAX. EIELP alumni are
invited to join a 400-plus strong network of EIELP alumni and
participate in a number of AGSM life-long learning initiatives.
Tracey Flynn, Head of Enterprise Relationships, AGSM Executive
Education, said “The AGSM EIELP Program, designed in partnership
with our Indigenous adjunct faculty, creates better leaders who are
equipped to contribute to building a better business and a better
“By bringing together 60,000 years of knowledge, wisdom and
practices and the best of Western research, the nine-month program
supports participants to uplift their leadership capability and
bring their whole selves to work to impact change.”
The roll out of the globally recognised program to its emerging
leaders is part of Rio Tinto’s $50 million commitment over five
years to attract, retain and grow Indigenous leaders in the
company, and has been tailored to incorporate Rio Tinto’s ways of
working, including our values and business priorities .
Since November 2020, Rio Tinto has increased the number of
Indigenous leaders from six to 32, and more than 126 Indigenous
employees earned promotions across Australia in 2021.
In addition, Rio Tinto is partnering with Traditional Owners and
local stakeholders to deliver initiatives that contribute to
improving the pathways to employment for Indigenous peoples,
increasing the number of employment opportunities and providing
positive experiences for current and future employees.
Rio Tinto is one of the nation’s largest employers of Indigenous
Australians with almost 1,500 Indigenous employees and contractors
working across our Australian business.
Since its inception in 2017, more than 100 Indigenous leaders
across Australia have participated in the EIELP at UNSW’s AGSM.
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