Sept/Oct 2011

President's notes

Repositioning CIM’s Environmental Society

By C. Edwards

The Environmental Society of CIM was founded in 1998 to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and skills between environmental professionals in the mining, metallurgical and petroleum industries. In 2010, the CIM Council noted that the activities of this key society were waning and we decided to reinvigorate and revitalize it with an added focus on social responsibility.

To accomplish this, a group of dedicated volunteers collaborated to complete a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunities and threats) analysis and drafted a charter to better define the role and mandate of the society.

At the CIM Council meeting held this past August, the establishment of the Environment and Social Responsibility Society (ESRS) was officially approved. The main objectives of the ESRS are: to improve the global relevance and presence of CIM in environmental management and social responsibility aspects related to mining; to encourage increased membership and participation in CIM activities; to inspire, encourage and coordinate environmental and social responsibility activities within CIM and its societies; and to promote and disseminate environmental and social responsibility best practices. The ultimate goal is to position CIM as the national and international facilitator and “go-to” association for environmental management and social responsibility for the mining, metallurgy, materials and petroleum industries.

The role of the expanded Society will include the facilitation of best management practices across the spectrum of CIM members’ environmental activities and social interactions – from a scientific and technological focus, through to that of social impact issues, social responsibility and Aboriginal/indigenous affairs. The latter will complement work being done at the Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility, for which CIM serves as Secretariat. The ESRS will also encourage and facilitate communication between individuals and committees associated with other CIM societies, support the organization of appropriate technical sessions, and provide an interface for the exchange of ideas and cooperation in joint meetings and other ventures.

This is a wonderful step ahead for CIM. I urge you to become an active member of the ESRS and contribute to the growth of our newest technical society. CIM Magazine will provide regular ESRS updates in future issues.

Chuck Edwards, CIM President

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