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As a specialized consultancy, our expertise is in the areas of gender in the workplace, gender and safety in high-risk industries, and organizational communications and marketing. All our services are based on extensive academic research and practical industry experience in these areas.

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Factive has been providing consultancy services for many years, and across many industry sectors. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

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Programs

Our suite of workplace programs can help your organization achieve its strategic objectives. We can also customize programs to suit your organization.

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Distance Learning

Factive offers distance learning courses for professionals working in the areas of gender diversity, safety culture, and communications.

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Programs

Workplace programs that provide skills, new practices, and cultural change.

Gender Behaviors Review

Improving the management of safety.

Gender Behaviors Mentor Program

Improving work group safety.

MySafe

A workplace safety communications program.

Gender Diversity Audit

Becoming a truly gender diverse organization.

Research

Factive's workplace programs are informed by rigorous academic thinking. The following research papers have been developed by Factive's consultants as part of their work to explore gender, safety, and communications in organizations. Many of these research papers have been published in academic journals and industry magazines.

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This book brings together years of research and on-site work exploring gender in the mining industry. It offers a challenging and unique approach to help resource professionals understand contemporary research on gender and to start thinking about gender diversity in more complex ways.

Drawing on ideas from the fields of gender studies and cultural studies, the author creates a new vision for gender in mining. The change appears simple, as we move from being genders to doing genders. But application of this new approach to gender is proving difficult in the mining industry, not least because it demands we also think about gender in terms of men and masculinities.

This book includes workshop and training materials to help professionals explore the relationships between gender and safety, and gender and leadership on mine sites.

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Safety communications make an important contribution to workplace safety. In the oil and gas industry, however, safety communications have received very little dedicated attention. There is a gap between how safety communications are practised in this industry and research on the role of communications in contemporary human culture. This paper explores some of the barriers that exist in the oil and gas industry to prevent better use of safety communications to improve employee safety.

(International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology. Vol. 8, No. 3: 291-303)

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Narratives of safety are important in the workplace. They help translate the strategic goal of zero injuries into everyday stories that produce meanings around safety. Popular narratives of safety used in the mining industry tell employees that safety can be systemized, that it is more important than production, and that it is related to an individual's personal life. This articles explores these three safety narratives alongside gender, to show how masculinity as it is practised in the mining industry affects the way employees respond to the safety narratives on offer.

(The Journal of Health, Safety and Environment. Vol. 30, No. 3: 300-322)

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Internal communication helps organizations to survive and thrive through building trust, sharing business goals and expectations, stimulating change, managing tension, and building the identity of the organization. It helps people to make sense of organizational identity and to understand the business goals by providing channels through which they can share, express, and celebrate. This white paper explores the role of internal communications in organizations.

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This paper considers what it would mean to introduce gender into management of the environment in mining. It considers the extent to which environmental management in this industry is already gendered, and the difficulties involved in making this visible in the masculinized cultural context of mining. It also considers the role that women who work in mining might be able to play in introducing a different approach to the environment in this industry.

(Submitted for publication in the journal Society and Natural Resources.)

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To date, ecofeminist work has shown a lack of interest in the relationship between gender and mining. It stops at the conclusion that mining is bad for the environment and bad for women. This article considers what it means to rethink mining through an ecofeminist lens. The main part of this article focuses on the relationship between ecofeminism and women in mining. It considers what the women in mining movement might learn from ecofeminism, and vice versa.

(Submitted for publication in The International Feminist Journal of Politics.)

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In this article we outline a proposal for two new workplace programs which we have designed to address at-risk gendered behaviors on mine sites. Our aim is to encourage curriculum development of programs that will ensure mining companies and their employees pay closer attention to the impacts of gender on safety, and vice versa.

(m/c Journal. Vol. 16, No. 2)

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This paper considers the extent to which gender training for United Nations peacekeepers encourages reflection on how understandings of gender affect behaviors. Through an analysis of the content of three training packages, we find that the UN appears to show a fear of tackling the subject of masculinity, even as practices of masculinity may be driving gender-based violence in peacekeeping operations.

(Peace Review. Vol. 27, No. 1.)

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Increasingly, organizations are starting to pay more attention to the way they practise communications. They are worried about the relationships they have with a whole range of stakeholders, and they recognize the need to ensure their workforce is better informed and engaged. This white paper explains how to build and implement an organizational communications matrix.

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For any organization interested in developing a resilient safety and health culture, management commitment is critical. It is also important that the organization has a clear picture of what sort of culture it wants to nurture. This workshop planner series is designed for use by senior managers, including the board of directors. It can be used to identify gender-related issues that may affect an organization's health and safety performance. The series should be viewed as a management tool to raise awareness of issues relating to gender that affect safety on mine sites.

(Commissioned by and produced for Resources Safety, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Government of Western Australia.)

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In 2013, The Australian Human Rights Commission released its publication Women in Male-Dominated Industries: A Toolkit of Strategies. This article explores the efficacy of this toolkit within the context of the debate about how to manage gender in resource industries; and with reference to the failure of this debate to pay attention to contemporary research which explores/exposes gender as something more complex than the man/masculine versus woman/feminine divide.

(Submitted for publication in the Journal of Management Development.)

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This report provides a response to 8 workshops conducted for the Resources Safety Division of The Department of Mines and Petroleum in Western Australia ("Resources Safety") as part of the 2010 Roadshow which ran throughout October and December in Newman, Tom Price, Karratha, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Perth. The focus of the workshops was "toughness" in workplaces in the resources sector. The report includes an analysis of participants' contributions in the workshops and the author's recommendations for how to drive improvements in mine-site safety through a focus on gendered behaviors.

(Commissioned by and produced for Resources Safety, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Government of Western Australia.)

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This essay introduces some preliminary ideas about how to analyze the relationship between gold miners and conservation managers, and between gold mining and conservationism in Osa (and Costa Rica more widely). It draws primarily on observations made during a field trip to this region in March 2014. It concludes with a recommendation about the kind of work and additional research required to help break the current impasse of constructing the gold miners in this region as "bad men" in opposition to (or even as a means of) further elevating the goodness of the managers of conservation.

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This essay suggests the need for the development of a workplace training program to help professionals in the shale gas industry explore how their understandings of gender impact on their approach to conflict. There is significant community concern about shale gas. By learning about how gender affects conflict professionals in the shale gas industry have an opportunity to improve on their practices of consultation and peacebuilding with local communities.

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This essay considers that there might be something overtly sexually abusive about the language used to explain the process of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking". In the language used to describe the extraction of shale gas, do we find evidence of symbolic dominance by men of the feminine body? Is the feminised body of mother earth being symbolically raped through the language of fracking? And does this suggest a desire within the shale gas industry to maintain patriarchy as the natural ordering of gendered bodies?

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The call is out for more women to enter male-dominated resource industries. This call sounds appealing because it suggests equality of opportunities in the workplace. However, it is often also linked to stereotyping of women as having completely different personalities and character traits from men. This article explains why it is misguided to rely on women to keep men safe in the workplace. The debate on gender and safety in the mining industry is not a women's issue. This industry is heavily populated by men. It is, therefore, men who need to take the initiative to respond to the way gender affects safety.

About

Over the past decade we have worked with a wide range of organizations across many industry sectors, ranging from Fortune 500 companies and government departments to small business startups. Our core focus areas for research and consultancy services are gender in the workplace, gender and safety, and organizational communications and marketing.

  • Gender in the Workplace

    Many organizations have a desire to embrace gender diversity. What we see in many cases, however, is a gap between the desire and the reality. Drawing on contemporary theories of gender, and our strong consulting experience, we can help you bridge that gap.

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  • Gender and Safety

    Research clearly shows a link between gender and safety. What is this link? How does gender affect safety in high-risk and heavy industries? And what can employers do to respond? We can help you redesign your safety strategy to take account of gender-driven thinking and behaviors.

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  • Communications and Marketing

    Communicating effectively to your employees and to your customers is fundamental to any successful business. We work closely with our clients to develop communications and marketing strategies that are as engaging as they are effective.

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