Mining companies tend to be seen as the bad guys from a social perspective. In my opinion having good corporate citizenship and incorporating best practices is an efficient way to ensure the company is able to operate smoothly without disruptions. Often, mining companies want to be off the radar, which is contrary to the publicity other industries often seek. In mining, often the best approach is to attract less attention. When I talk to clients about the regulatory framework in the Mexican mining industry, their complaints about the taxation structure stand out the most. However, some adjustments could be made to ensure Mexico is as competitive as other jurisdictions. The country does not have to eliminate all taxes but I believe we would be better served by reducing some of the tax charges and prioritizing the ability to attract more investment to the mining industry.
There is nothing better than generating policies and making decisions with a view to parity. I hope this can be done by a woman so she can speak from her own experience and attitude. Women have talent to manage and we have a great challenge, which is to break the wall of prejudices. Regarding gender parity in the mining industry, I consider it beneficial because it can add experience, skills and knowledge. Women have a lot to contribute but I am happy to know that we have left behind the idea that only men work in mining. It is time for us to overcome quotas and achieve parity, so that decision-making positions and executive levels include more women. Companies can contribute by having strategies and policies in favor of gender parity, opening positions in management, trusting women and eradicating labels, stigmas and prejudices.