The Fortescue Family

Fortescue is a values-based business with a strong, differentiated culture that is maintained and strengthened through our leaders and every employee. 

Safety is our number one priority and we focus on building safety leadership and a culture that empowers each person to look out for their mates. We strive to be an employer of choice and implement programs and incentives to attract, develop, challenge and retain our people. 


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Health and Safety

At Fortescue, we acknowledge our activities have the potential to expose our employees, contractors and communities to health and safety risks and work diligently to identify these risks and ensure adequate controls are in place to mitigate them.

Safety is our number one priority and every team member working on Fortescue sites is encouraged to pause and take the time to assess a task to ensure it is safe before proceeding.


A tiered Health and Safety program ensures a consistent approach to safety management across the business:  

  • Health and Safety Management System 
  • Major Hazard Control Standard Management Program 
  • Life Saving Choices Initiative 
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Blueprint 

The prevention of high-risk events is managed through the implementation of a critical control monitoring program, where critical control audits are conducted by leadership teams to ensure these controls are in place and effective.

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Safety Culture

Fortescue conducts an annual Safety Excellence and Culture Survey to engage with employees and contractors and identify further opportunities to improve our unique safety culture.

In FY18, the survey was completed by 94 per cent of eligible participants, compared to 92 per cent in FY17. This represents almost 6,700 responses.

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

A healthy body and mind helps individuals succeed at both home and work and contributes to stronger relationships with those around us.

To support our employees on the journey to better health, Fortescue introduced Health inSite in February 2018, an online health and wellbeing resource that provides individuals with tailored information and advice based on their health profile.


Significant Incident Frequency Rate


23% reduction from FY17

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Workplace Diversity

Fortescue strives to create a welcoming and encouraging environment which directly enhances our success by improving diversity. 

To be the best company we can be, we need to harness the very best ideas across every part of our business and empower our workforce to collaborate across all levels. The best ideas come from a diverse workforce who have a broad range of backgrounds, skills, experience and personalities and who are supported and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Fortescue has a proud history of championing Aboriginal diversity. Building on this success, we are committed to increasing female employment in our workforce. 

Importantly, we are leading from the front. In FY17, Fortescue became the first ASX20 company to have five women on the board. Today, the majority of our nine-person Board of Directors are women. In our leadership team, six out of 29 are women, representing 20 per cent of the group.  

In striving to increase our female participation rate, we continue to implement and improve a range of initiatives:

  • Establishment of the Fortescue Family Room
  • Paid parental leave
  • Fortescue's Trade Up program
  • Flexible working arrangements 
  • Commitment to gender pay equity

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Workplace Gender Equality Report

Fortescue's 2019 report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency demonstrated the lead role we are taking in gender equality and diversity initiatives within the mining sector. 

This year's highlights include an increase in our female participation rate and commencing the White Ribbon Accreditation process which saw the introduction of 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave. 

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Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

In FY18, Fortescue was recognised by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for supporting a gender diverse environment across the business.

The GEI measures gender equality across internal company statistics, employee policies, external community support and engagement and gender-conscious product offerings.

Fortescue was the only mining company amongst the six Australian companies recognised.

Supporting our people

Fortescue strives to be an employer of choice and implements programs and incentives to attract, develop, challenge and retain our people. 

Supporting leaders

Culture is a direct reflection of leadership, which is why Fortescue places great importance on the personal development of our leaders.

Our Leadership Excellence Pathway is founded on three key principles:

  1. Leaders train leaders
  2. Ensuring leaders clearly understand what is expected of them
  3. Championing the attributes and values of each individual leader

Building talent pools

Fortescue runs successful graduate and apprenticeship programs, as part of our commitment to building the next generation of employees in the mining sector.

In FY18, our apprenticeship program had its largest cohort of graduates, all of whom gained permanent employment with Fortescue.

We are particularly proud that 79 per cent of our apprentices are Aboriginal, compared to 3.5 per cent Australia-wide.

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Apprenticeship Program

79 %

of all Fortescue's apprentices are Aboriginal

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To achieve a truly diverse workplace, an embedded culture of inclusion is critical and this is a responsibility which lies with the entire workforce.