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This report was written by Faris Natour, Director, Human Rights, and Jessica Davis Pluess, Manager, Research, with contributions from many BSR colleagues and advisors. It captures key lessons learned from BSR’s work conducting human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) and outlines our approach to corporate-, country-, site-, and product-level HRIAs using eight guidelines. The report outlines a framework that should be carefully tailored to a company’s unique risk profile and operating context; it is not intended as an off-the-shelf HRIA tool or checklist.
Mining companies are increasingly concerned about water risk at all levels, physical, regulatory, reputational and investor. Sixty-eight percent of mining-specific cases reviewed by IFC and MIGA’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) Office have a water dimension. Water, more than any other natural resource, should be approached and valued from multiple perspectives. The social and environmental aspects of water have a profound impact on the cost of closing old mines, the development of new mining projects and the expansion of existing ones. Beyond the economic value of water, which could be established using existing methodologies, environmental, social and cultural values of water are much more difficult to capture as they may be perceived differently by diverse stakeholder groups.This paper presents the Water, Mining and Communities Framework, which focuses on integrating technical and social approaches to sustainable water management with a goal to achieve co-management of water between various stakeholders.
This report was produced by ICMM, in partnership with the IFC and Brunswick. It explores the state of the communications function in the mining industry, based on research informed by a series of interviews with communications executives conducted in early 2013.
This Briefing for Business is intended for senior managers in global and national companies, especially those retailing and producing food and fast-moving consumer goods, and which source goods or labour in developing countries. Although many companies already do much to protect human rights in their operations and value chains, there is more that they can and must do. In this Briefing for Business, we concentrate on gender equality and the responsibilities of business to uphold and promote it, recognising that business can have a positive impact on the lives and status of women as well as men, while enhancing companies’ own productivity and reputation.
This research report presents a joint analysis by Corporate Citizenship and Notingham University's International Centre for Corporate Responsibility of the global business initiatives on women's empowerment in emerging markets. Reasearch findings show that businesses are increasing viewing women as potential consumers, employees, suppliers and distributors. Link to publication.
Innovative Approaches to Multistakeholder Engagement in the Extrative Industry ( Extractive Industries for Development Series #29 )
The Oil, Gas, and Mining Unit series publishes reviews and analyses of sector experience from around the world as well as new findings from analytical work. It places particular emphasis on how the experience and knowledge gained relates to developing country policy makers, communities affected by extractive industries, extractive industry enterprises, and civil society organizations. We hope to see this series inform a wide range of interested parties on the opportunities as well as the risks presented by the sector.
A Strategic Approach to Early Stakeholder Engagement ( Summary of a Good Practice Handbook for Junior Companies in Extractive Industries )
Industries undertaking exploration and early project planning and development around the world are faced with the challenges of ensuring that initial community engagement will provide a foundation for attaining and sustaining a social license to operate. Community perceptions and first impressions, expectations, and relationships established at this sensitive stage of initial engagement will have a direct bearing on future risks, such as stoppages, delays and threats to on-going project development and operations. This Handbook specifically recognizes the context and challenges of exploration and early project development faced by junior companies, which generally have limited resources to address stakeholder engagement issues, especially in terms of available funds and staff. Because of these constraints, inputs need to be well planned, strategic and tailored to the phases of exploration and early project development. Current draft version of the handbook is open to review by peers and industry professionals. Your feedback is highly welcomed and may be forwarded to following emails. Adrian Maria Eftimie AEftimie@ifc.org Rebecca Darling RDarling@ifc.org
Case library of extractive industry social performance cases ( by Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland )
Below is a compiltation of case studies by Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland. Social Responsibility in Mining, Case Studies.
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