Engaging Local Communities and Sustainable Social Development

CIM Montreal 2007
Dina M. Aloi,
Abstract In today’s evolving and globalized world, mining companies are being pressured to move beyond compliance towards long-term sustainability and sustainable development. Companies are expected to “engage” communities and measure the success of these engagements without a clear understanding of “how” to do this. This move, away from compliance, develops more of a focus on “Community” Social Responsibility and sustainability. This shift leads to the development of world-class projects that provide sustainable development for people, reduce the incidence of costly delays, and promote good global citizenship for companies. The process of “engaging” communities in mining project design and development leads to a stronger license to operate, and a reduction in social and political risk. To create this mutually beneficial relationship between communities and companies, communities must be “engaged” in the project development and risk assessment processes as early as possible, preferably during the exploration or the concept phases. How to create this “engagement” and manage this risk will be discussed.
Keywords: social, Development, Responsibility, Sustainable, community
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