Multi-stakeholder workshop reinforces industry stakeholder engagement efforts

2013-07-24

The Environmental and Social Responsibility Society of CIM and the Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have pooled resources to hold stakeholder engagement activities at the World Mining Congress (WMC), which is to be held in Montreal this August 11 to 15. The activities, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 11 will consist of a multi-stakeholder engagement dialogues session and an activity to facilitate partnership opportunities between industry and NGOs.

“Building on Common Ground: Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Series,” a session which will run until noon, will provide an opportunity for participants to identify common values and to share perspectives on key challenges facing the extractive industry through moderated discussions in small groups. Each group, composed of an array of stakeholders including NGOs representatives, government officials and industry members, will share findings with all participants. The format, which was successfully debuted at the 2013 CIM Convention last May, aims to create a safe and collaborative environment where participants can identify common values, build relationships and identify collective approaches to surmounting industry challenges.

Participants from the previous session report a positive experience. “Save the Children was pleased to be able to attend the multi-stakeholder dialogue session at the CIM conference in Toronto,” said Cicely McWilliam, senior advisor, policy, campaigns, Save the Children Canada. “It offered an opportunity to listen to those engaged in the discussions concerning resource development and sustainability. It also allowed our staff to raise awareness about children’s rights, in particular the rights to health and education in the context of responsible resource development.”

According to Ben Chalmers, vice president, sustainable development, Mining Association of Canada (MAC), who also participated in the May session, such activities are helpful to MAC’s efforts to build bridges between industry and communities. “These sessions are important because stakeholder engagement is about how mining companies and communities interact with each other and how mining companies engage respectfully with communities,” he said. “As we seek to find better ways to conduct engagement and build stronger relationships between companies and communities we cannot work in isolation. These multi-stakeholder dialogues are an important forum to explore how to do things differently and how to do things better.”

The afternoon session, “Facing Forward: Exploring NGO-Mining Partnerships,” is a newly conceived format to be premiered at WMC. The session, directed at NGOs and companies in the extractive industries, will provide representatives from both sides with direct access to the people and the information required to work together.

To learn more or register for the free sessions, visit the World Mining Congress website or contact mgoulet@cim.org.