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Rio Tinto reveals sexual assaults and culture of ‘systemic’ bullying

Rio Tinto has revealed that 21 women said they were raped or sexually assaulted at its mines over the past five years, in a report that outlined “systemic” bullying and high levels of racism across its global operations.

The London-based miner commissioned the report by Elizabeth Broderick, Australia’s former sex discrimination commissioner, last year to investigate its workplace culture.

The report, covering a five-year period and based on a survey of about 10,000 Rio Tinto employees, revealed that almost 30 per cent of women and 7 per cent of men said they had been sexually harassed at work. Of those, 21 women also reported cases of actual or attempted rape or sexual assault.

Almost half of Rio Tinto’s employees reported experience of bullying. Racism was also prevalent at the company, with almost 40 per cent of men and 32 per cent of women who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander suffering discrimination in the…

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