Freeport-McMoRan commits to invest $5 million and mobilization support over the next five years to promote womens economic empowerment and address violence against women in Papua (Indonesia), Arequipa (Peru), Calama and the Alto Loa Region of indigenous communities (Chile), and the U.S. by partnering to provide resources to at least 13,000 women that self-identify through our partners and meet any required criteria that will allow them to escape and recover from violence, and access improved employment and income opportunities. This includes:
-Training at least 8,000 new women in entrepreneurship skills needed to start or grow their own small businesses by scaling up Freeport-McMorRans DreamBuilder program, a free, self-paced, online e-learning program that can be done anytime, anywhere with access to a computer, available in both Spanish and English;
- Identifying, training and certifying at least 200 high(er) potential women-owned business enterprises to position them to compete for business with Freeport-McMoRan and other corporate buyers;
- Providing specialized training, consulting services and mentoring (including legal requirements, business registration, licensing and tax considerations, access to markets) to at least 500 women
- Offering $1 million in new capital, via grants and loans through micro-finance partners or directly administered, to facilitate the growth of more than 60 women-owned businesses.
Education & Workforce Training
- Supporting at least 1,230 women in accessing positions with more economic potential by providing scholarships for the pursuit of post-secondary trade/technical certifications, professional degrees, and non-technical training;
-Providing direct training for smallholder female farmers in new techniques to increase their yields.
Training for Health Providers & GBV Services
- Training 500 women working to provide health and other services to victims of violence;
- Reaching 2,500 new women with services critical in allowing them to escape or recover from violence.
January 2017 commitment launch in the U.S., Chile, Peru, and Papua, Indonesia; all activities commence in specified locations with identified partners.
March 2017 meet with new government administrations and NGO partners to scale DreamBuilder in new country geographies (Chile, Peru, U.S.).
June 2017 develop details of partnership with WEConnect International to certify high(er) potential women-owned businesses in target geographies to compete for corporate business.
December 2017 progress check with each Freeport-McMoRan operating location team on all metrics
Same or similar actions will take place each year of the commitment timeframe.
With the recent adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we have marked the beginning of a new era of international development. Gender is a central feature of the SDGs Outcome Document; it is highlighted as a standalone outcome and goal (SDG 5), and is integrated throughout the agreement. Never before has addressing gender inequality been so integral to a global development commitment.
In order to advance gender equality targets, Freeport-McMoRan is joining a holistic coalition of multi-sectoral partners convened by No Ceilings, Vital Voices, and WEConnect International, focusing on three core issue areas of work: 1) Promoting Womens Economic Participation; 2) Addressing Violence Against Girls and Women; and, 3) Advancing Womens Leadership in both Private and Public sectors.
Freeport-McMoRan aims to increase social and economic opportunities for women and address the prevalence of gender-based violence in the communities where the companys mining operations are located, including Papua, Indonesia; Arequipa, Peru; Calama, Chile; and the urban and rural United States, specifically AZ, CO and NM. The company has successfully implemented a range of programs focused on these issues, including its DreamBuilder CTA, completed last year.
In these communities, there are high levels of unemployment and poverty, and high numbers of women-headed households. The disproportionate lack of effective education, training and economic opportunities prevents women from full economic participation which also limits local, regional and national development. Further, violence against women is a widespread problem where the Company operates and it has contributed to understanding the unique issues in each setting and partnering to address the problem.
An effort to further address these issues present in the target mining communities would aid in advancing the gender equality targets as part of this multi-sector coalition.
Freeport-McMoRan is seeking potential implementing partners, best practice information or practical guides or resources, or additional funding directed to commitment activities and partners in the target countries. This would strengthen the commitment by allowing more women to access the outlined programs, and/or allow the various approaches that will be employed to increase the possibilities that pitfalls or obstacles are avoided. Finally, any of this support would create a more comprehensive response in-country that [further] establishes a foundation for women to consistently have access to these types of opportunities, raising the full participation of women in economies, social and political systems.
Freeport-McMoRan is offering use of the DreamBuilder online platform and training on use of the program to any partner who wishes to offer the training to women they serve, as well as the potential for some financial resources and support in mobilizing action for qualified partners. The program can be used as a stepping stone for preparing women for more intensive or specific training on growing a small business into a medium size business, thus assisting potential partners in increasing the pool of qualified women. For financing partners, the training /certification provided by DreamBuilder could serve as a way to further vet eligibility for capital loans or grants.