Getting started – CSR in Peru

Introduction

The extractive industry in Peru is the country’s main foreign exchange generator and is expected to attract even more investment, especially since having signed a free-trade agreement with Canada. With the right CSR tactics in mind from the get-go, new companies looking to develop business in Peru can forge a harmonious relationship with surrounding communities.

Step 1 – The Canadian Embassy

All Canadian companies beginning operations in Peru should first contact the Embassy of Canada to Peru in Lima.

Canada is committed to supporting Peru in the progress of corporate social responsibility, and can help new Canadian companies succeed internationally by providing export assistance, negotiating and administering trade agreements, developing contacts, and much more.

Street Address:
Embassy of Canada
Bolognesi 228, Miraflores
Lima 18, Peru

Mailing Address:
Casilla 18-1126
Correo Miraflores
Lima, Perú

Telephone:
51-1-319-3200

General Email: lima@international.gc.ca

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Step 2 – Community engagement

From there, companies should seek to research and establish positive relations on a local level. The Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) published several articles on Social Management that may be of use:

Mining and Respect for the Rights of Communities and Local Populations

Citizen Participation and Mining

The Peru-Canada Mineral Resources Reform Project (broken link) (PERCAN) is a collaborative project between the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the MEM. The project “aims to improve PERCAN provides guidance on dealing with some of the challenges listed below that new companies may face when operating in Peru.

In addition, a long list of helpful, CSR-consultants and NGOs can be found in the Directory section for Peru.

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Step 3 – Issues and CSR recommendations

Some situations that new extractive companies may run into and need to address:

  • Structural changes, including changes to Peru's regulatory framework
  • A decentralization policy
  • Recent losses to the public sector’s capacity for research and surveying
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Communication among stakeholders
  • Community engagement
  • Conflict management
  • Rehabilitation of mining liabilities and implementation of social and environmental remediation measures
  • Gender Equality

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) e3 Plus has a Principles & Guidance document aimed at providing a set of principles “to which all explorers should aspire, together with Guidance which illustrates what is required to convert the Principles into action.”

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Step 4 – Mining Tool Kits

Some handy mining tool kits to help get started in Peru:

e3 Plus from the PDAC is a framework aimed at continuously helping exploration companies to improve their social, environmental, health, and safety standards

Mining Investment Manual 2008 is intended to guide and inform new miners of the legal obligations to be taken into consideration when mining in Peru

The Mining Tool Kit, put together by the Canadian Embassy and the Social Capital Group, is adapted from the NRCan version for Peru. Presently, it is unavailable via web, but can be obtained by contacting the Embassy of Canada to Peru in Lima directly.

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