CIM and IIMP target social responsibility through education


CIM and the Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru (IIMP) are collaborating on a joint initiative that seeks to promote social responsibility in the professional profile of engineers and geologists. This will need to be made possible through the academia, specifically by including social responsibility in university engineering and geology curricula, and by the creation of professional certificates on social responsibility in mining.

Apart from the technical challenges that surface in many mining projects, professionals of this industry are forced to contend with social issues as well. Conflicts on local, regional and national levels have the potential to hinder project development and execution. Failure to touch on these issues as part of professional education results in professionals lacking the skills needed to provide solutions.

Individuals eyeing the mining industry should get the education and preparation they need to face whatever challenges they are forced to confront. The working groups of the IIMP-CIM initiative will develop strategy and implementation plans to ensure the curricula at the departments of engineering and geology of Canadian and Peruvian schools will include social responsibility. They will also assess and adapt existing programs and seek to forge alliances with other organizations such as the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and the Latin American Mining Organism (OLAMI) to help move this initiative forward.

For individuals who would like to take part in this initiative, contact and by October 15, 2013.