Xpan and Glencore Tailings Manager Academy recognized with award for excellence by Brandon Hall Group

Glencore and Xpan Brandon Hall Group Silver Award Of Excellence

Glencore and Xpan Interactive Ltd. (Xpan) won a 2022 Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Management (HCM) Silver award for excellence in the Best Advance in Custom Content category. The entry titled Tailings Manager Academy (TMA) was submitted in the area of Learning and Development. The win was announced on August 18, 2022. The winners are listed at

What are the Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards?

The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards are a prestigious international competition recognizing the achievements of organizations across the corporate, government, and not-for-profit sectors from all over the world. Awards are presented across eight areas: Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Sales Performance, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Future of Work.

Entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon these criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.

Why build a Tailings Manager Academy (TMA)?

Glencore is known globally for its leading diversified natural resources companies which produce and market more than 60 responsibly-sourced commodities. As part of their operations, Glencore uses tailings storage facilities (TSFs) during the extraction of the valuable materials. Glencore commissioned the Tailings Manager Academy as the world’s first comprehensive university-style program with a focus on safety first.

The TMA program covers all roles related to a Glencore TSF operation, including: Operators, Technicians, Owners, Managers, Executives, Engineering, and Responsible Persons. Academy topics ,cover TSF design, construction, operation, monitoring, and maintenance, aligned with global safety and management requirements.

Other characteristics of this program include the use of case studies, expert testimonials, and advice from across the globe, a handbook for review and exercises, and certification on completion.

To view a video trailer describing TMA and its importance, please click on the tile above or click here.

“In this priority area for Glencore, the Tailings Manager Academy has become an integral part in our training curriculum for employees tasked with overseeing our Tailings Storage Facilities – from design, through construction to operations and eventually mine closure.” says Mark Wharton, Head of Industrial Assurance at Glencore.

“We are proud to be supporting the safety-first learning culture at Glencore and produce an experience where learners can hear from a global pool of industry experts,” says Ron Thiele, President and Founder of Xpan. “We are thrilled to be awarded excellence in recognition of the effort from all industry contributors.”

What did Glencore’s learners say about their Tailings Manager Academy experience?

Here are some reactions:

  • “The lessons in the modules have broadened my knowledge and shone a light on what to look out for as a responsible person in our day to day activities to maintain the integrity of the TSF.”
  • “Content was very clear – enjoyed that it was given in smaller sections with lots of pictures and mixed media for the visual learners!”
  • “The content is applicable and appropriate especially coupled with the very issues that we experience during the life of the TSF.”

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About Xpan Interactive Ltd.:

Since 2001, Xpan Interactive Ltd. has built creative and innovative digital knowledge solutions to help its clients meet their most pressing business needs and performance objectives. It continues to expand on its global mission to evolve behaviour and facilitate change with engaging and effective digital knowledge solutions. The Xpan team makes heroes of learning and development professionals, and improves workspace experience (and lives) across the globe, with better learning.

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About Glencore:

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsibly sourced commodities that advance everyday life. Through a network of assets, customers and suppliers that spans the globe, they produce, process, recycle, source, market and distribute the commodities that enable decarbonisation while meeting the energy needs of today. Glencore companies employ around 135,000 people, including contractors. With a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, their marketing and industrial activities are supported by a global network of more than 40 offices. Glencore’s customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, battery manufacturing and oil sectors. They also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. They are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Glencore recognises their responsibility to contribute to the global effort to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Their ambition is to be a net zero total emissions company by 2050. In August 2021, they increased their medium-term emission reduction target to a 50% reduction by 2035 on 2019 levels and introduced a new short-term target of a 15% reduction by 2026 on 2019 levels.

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