PARAPAT, 19 July 2022 – PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR) took part in the Women 20 (W20) Summit in Parapat, Lake Toba, North Sumatra. The presence of PTAR reinforces the commitment to gender diversity through increased participation of women and the development of equal professional competencies.
Twenty-six percent (26%) of positions in PTAR are filled by women, based on their respective interests and competencies. This commitment is in line with W20 which raises the issue of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
PTAR General Manager of Operations, Rahmat Lubis, said that since 2016 PTAR has established a Gender Diversity Policy in all aspects of the company’s operations.
“We also build a culture and work environment that promotes dignity and respect, a workplace free from discrimination, intimidation, bullying or harassment. In addition, we provide training and awareness programs for the workforce to increase understanding of issues of diversity and gender equality,” said Rahmat.
PTAR, the operator of the Martabe Gold Mine, has also developed a number of policies as a basis for practising gender diversity. For example, maternity leave and paternity leave policies, codes of practice for the management of work restrictions related to pregnancy, and lactation policies that include providing facilities for breastfeeding employees to collect and store breast milk for their babies.
Various initiatives of PTAR’s Gender Diversity Policy showed that 242 women working in PTAR by the end of 2021, equivalent to 26% of the total PTAR employees. Ten per cent (10%) of them have succeeded in occupying management positions with roles as superintendents and above, and at the top management level, two women have been appointed as a commissioner and a director.
The company’s efforts in gender diversity have yielded positive results, namely increasing women’s participation. This is evident from the increase in the composition of female employees from 25% at the end of 2019 to 26% by the end of 2021. In the extractive sector, PTAR is the only gold mining company in Indonesia that has a composition of women employees of up to 26%.
The practice of gender diversity at the Martabe Gold Mine is experienced by Latipa Henim Siregar. The woman born in Batangtoru, South Tapanuli, has worked at PTAR since 2004 with her initial position as a Junior Geologist. During the 18 years of working until now, Latipa has undergone four promotions until she finally occupied the position of Superintendent Grade Control Operations, Mine Geology Department.
“During my work, PTAR has provided equal opportunities for women and men to develop themselves. I’ve had technical training and other training, same as male colleagues. PTAR even supported me to continue my education to the master’s level and I have completed it,” said Latipa.
She is grateful to work in the Martabe Gold Mine which promotes gender diversity. This is because such a working environment not only opens up space for women’s participation, but also encourages women to dare to explore their potential and actualize themselves as empowered women.
“Gender diversity in PTAR is not only about the number of women, but also emphasizes the quality and ability to lead, collaborate, create, and express opinions. Many women in PTAR occupy important positions and contribute positively to the company without neglecting men,” said Latipa.
PTAR’s commitment to gender diversity was also demonstrated by supporting the W20 Summit which raised a number of priority issues, namely gender equality, women’s economic inclusion, increasing the resilience of rural women and women with disabilities, and also access to gender equitable health facilities.
At the event held on 18-21 July 2022, PTAR contributed to organizing the event, as well as setting up a booth to display the company profile and also gender diversity policies and women’s empowerment programs in and around the mining operation area.
Empowering Women Around the Mine Area
PTAR also opens up space for women around the mine area to become empowered women. This can be seen from PTAR’s support in creating a number of women-based business empowerment programs, such as the development of the Sahata Commissary minimarket business and the development of a rhizome root cultivation business with two Women Farmers Groups.
In addition, PTAR also oversees a batik business development program and the derivative products with Batik Joint Business Group of South Tapanuli and Bator Craft Joint Business Group and also programs to increase capacity and sewing skills for women in Batuhula Village and Hutaraja Village.
PTAR Senior Manager Community Relations, Christine Pepah, said that up to now 108 women from 8 business groups have received assistance from PTAR. They are spread over two sub-districts in South Tapanuli.
“PTAR is committed to providing equal opportunities and roles to women’s groups to attempt and carry out their group activities independently, and also to increase the capacity of themselves and their groups through various programs, training, and mentoring. That way, they can become capable and empowered to run their business sustainably,” said Christine.
She gave an example of the Sahata Commissary minimarket business development program in PTAR Camp which has been running since 2012. The program initiated by PTAR succeeded in empowering Perwiridan Yasin Nurul Huda Association (IPY Nurul Huda), Batangtoru Sub-district, which has around 1,000 members.
PTAR helped provide minimarket facilities and infrastructures, increased the capacity of minimarket employees, expanded the network of cooperation with major distributors, and formed the Sahata Satahi Saoloan Cooperative as a forum that supervises IPY Nurul Huda’s business activities.
This program paid off. The income from the Sahata Commissary can be used to finance the operations of IPY Nurul Huda and several household businesses are also empowered as suppliers. The Sahata Satahi Saoloan Cooperative has also succeeded in opening a simple staple food shop to meet the needs of its cooperative members.
“The economic development program run by PTAR through empowering women’s groups has helped them to improve their family’s economy. This program also opens up opportunities for women to work and opens up space to think, act, and socialize,” said Christine.
PT Agincourt Resources sets up a booth at the Women 20 (W20) Summit in Lake Toba, Parapat, North Sumatra, 18-21 July 2022. Doc: PTAR.
Martabe Gold Mine Overview
The Martabe Gold Mine is managed and operated by PT Agincourt Resources. The mining area covers an area of 30 km² which is under the sixth generation Contract of Work (COW) with a total area of 1,303 km². The Martabe Gold Mine is located on the west side of the island of Sumatra, Batang Toru Sub-district, North Sumatra Province.
The Martabe Gold Mine began full production on 24 July 2012 and has a resource base as of 30 June 2021, of 7.5 million oz of gold and 66 million oz of silver. The operating capacity of the Martabe Gold Mine is more than 6 million tonnes of ore per year to produce more than 300,000 ounces of gold and 2-3 million ounces of silver per year.
PT Agincourt Resources involves more than 3,000 employees and contractors, around 99% of whom are Indonesian citizens, and more than 70% are from local villages.
PT Danusa Tambang Nusantara (PTDTN) holds 95% shares of PT Agincourt Resources. PTDTN is a subsidiary of PT United Tractors Tbk. with 60% share ownership and PT Pamapersada Nusantara with 40% share ownership, as well as part of PT Astra International Tbk business group. A total of 5% of PT Agincourt Resources’ shares are owned by South Tapanuli District Government and North Sumatra Provincial Government.