At Metallix, a commitment to equality has been one of our key values right from day one. It’s so ingrained in our company culture that you might say it’s simply in our DNA. We help break down barriers that stop people achieving their potential, and we give all our staff the tools they need to succeed, no matter who they are.
However, precious metals and mining have traditionally been challenging industries for women to pursue careers in. Early pioneers faced stereotyping, prejudice and even legal barriers to promotion, and were routinely dismissed as being good for little more than the typing pool.
Thankfully, it seems that things are improving for women in the precious metals and mining industry. However, it’s not always plain sailing. Even today, 60 countries have restrictions in place which affect women working in mining, and even the most progressive countries have not yet achieved gender parity in terms of pay or representation in the boardroom.
At Metallix, we’re aiming to show others in the industry how things could be done. Our management team is headed up by Maria Piastre, a woman of color who provides inspirational leadership and direction to the Metallix family every day.
However, it would be all too easy to point to Maria as proof of our commitment to inclusion and equality. The truth is, it doesn’t stop at the top. Thanks to our diversity policies, which span everything from hiring and promotion to industry-leading maternity benefits and wellbeing at work, women thrive at Metallix in many different roles.
But we don’t want you to simply take our word for it. We spoke to a cross section of the ‘Women of Metallix’ to get their perspective on the company, and what it’s like to be a woman working in the metals and mining industry.
Sharon Bachmann has been with the company as Inside Sales Manager since 2004. She manages a team of Inside Buyers, helping them to support suppliers and customers. Sharon comments:
Nina Daniels has been with Metallix since 1997. As PMPD Director, she organizes and manages sales campaigns and supports the purchase of precious metal bearing scrap material. Nina notes:
Ashley Hartman has been working as a Lab Analyst at Metallix since September 2021. She performs preliminary sample testing on sweeps in the lab. She notes:
Justyce Davis is a Security Specialist at Metallix. Her role is to ensure that our employees, visitors and assets are safe & secure at all times. She observes:
Angelica Laracuente has been with Metallix as Admin Assistant since 2014. According to Angelica:
The final word goes to Maria Piastre, President of Metallix:
‘As a woman working in what can still often be a male-dominated industry, I know that it’s not enough for us to pay lip service to gender parity. My ultimate goal in life is to improve gender dynamics and help women compete on equal conditions. That’s why at Metallix, we look at every aspect of working life, across corporate strategy, culture and leadership, to ensure that any and all gender-based barriers are broken down for good.
‘What the women in this article contribute on a daily basis, along with the many other women in our company, is nothing short of extraordinary. If other companies follow our lead, and if the remaining barriers to working in our industry continue to be demolished, just imagine what we could achieve together.