Our people come first; they are our most important resource. Our employees take pride in a culture that demands – and rewards – collaboration, integrity and hard work.
Eldorado has over 7,200 employees and contractors in eight countries. Wherever possible, we hire locally, and we provide all our employees with ongoing opportunities for career and skills development. Our operating philosophy of employing nationals in the countries where we operate enables us to communicate in local languages and better understand cultural nuances, community concerns and local issues. This is why we refer to ourselves as a global company with a local operating philosophy.
We believe in training nationals for senior roles and we now have Turkish, Greek, Brazilian, Chinese and Romanian management teams working in their respective home countries. At a project and operational level, fewer than 1% of our employees are expats.
We also believe in equal opportunities and base our hiring practices on skills and experience. Male and female employees are paid equally for equivalent jobs. We strive to provide our employees with rewarding jobs, excellent benefits and safe and healthy working environments.
Employees and Contractors at December 31, 2014
“The communities we operate in are concerned about employment, and we take pride in offering employment and training opportunities to local community members.”
Norm Pitcher, President
Human Rights Approach
We are committed to protecting human rights in all areas of our business operations and are guided by the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. We respect the rights of employees, contractors, workers in our supply chain, local community members and others who may be affected by our business activities. We expect our business partners, including contractors and suppliers, to share this commitment to human rights, including those in regard to working conditions, freedom of association, maximum working hours, minimum wages, equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination and intimidation. We also support the elimination of all forms of child, forced and compulsory labour. To improve the transparency of this commitment, we began the process of formalizing a corporate human rights policy in 2014. We expect to finalize, roll out to our sites and publish the policy on our corporate website in 2015.
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* The large percent of employees hired at Vila Nova reflects the process of converting contractors to employees. The turnover rate at Vila Nova is high because the operation was put on care and maintenance status at the end of 2014.