Addressing the issues


THE ISSUE: Helping employees “walk the talk” of corporate responsibility requires a company’s ongoing commitment to communication, training, and confirmation by way of shared success stories. It is a commitment all the more challenging for companies operating in a variety of countries and cultures. How does a company drive corporate responsibility into the bedrock of an organization? (English)

THE ISSUE: Mining exploration is by definition a high-risk, capital-intensive activity in which few targets ever meet the technical and economic criteria for development. In return for assuming this risk, investors require a degree of certainty on their right to develop any discovery that may result from exploration, and to earn a return on their investment. What steps can mining companies take to work with resource-rich countries to encourage investment in exploration and to promote responsible mineral development – and the rewards for its citizens that follow? (English) (Russian)

THE ISSUE: Local communities benefit from mining through increased employment, direct and indirect business opportunities, and taxes generated by the mining operation. Mine employees and their families become an integral part of the community, participating in civic groups and community events. How can mining companies engage with existing government and civic institutions in a way that supports those institutions and contributes to community sustainability? (English) (Portuguese)

THE ISSUE: Mineral resource development and its spinoff businesses can offer an important new source of high-quality jobs for people in developing countries. However, some developing nations lack the educational infrastructure or resources needed to adequately prepare candidates for skilled technical and professional positions in mining and related support industries. What measures can companies take to ensure they have the workforce to meet their current operations and future growth needs, while helping host nations build their educational capacity and prepare a new generation to compete successfully for skilled job opportunities? (English) (French)

THE ISSUE: In a world where demand for mining professionals is high, and supply is low, companies compete on a global basis for talent. How can a company increase its competitive edge for attracting the best talent among new graduates in engineering and other mining related disciplines, while also “fast-tracking” the development of high potential employees? (English)

THE ISSUE: For companies operating in developing countries, diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS can affect the health and well-being of host communities, including their own employees. What role can companies play to support or augment existing government health-care programs to help reduce the impact of disease? (English)

THE ISSUE: Mining projects have the potential to bring significant economic and social benefits to neighbouring indigenous communities. However, there have been instances around the world of extended conflicts between mining companies and indigenous peoples over questions of land rights, access, environmental impact, compensation, and other issues. How do mining operations nurture and sustain mutually beneficial, constructive relationships with their indigenous neighbours while respecting their unique culture, traditions and values? (English) (Spanish)

THE ISSUE: Approximately 15 million people in more than 70 countries earn their livelihoods through artisanal and small-scale (ASM) gold mining. Because much of this activity is informal, conducted by unlicensed groups and individuals, there are no direct measures of gold produced by artisanals; however, estimates range from 8% to 15% of annual gold production worldwide. While the sector is an essential source of wealth in the informal economy, most ASM activities are unregulated and may be undertaken without adequate regard for the health and safety of the miners or for the environment. ASM also represents a potential liability to mining companies when these mining activities encroach on legally held concessions. How can large-scale and ASM mining co-exist in a safe and harmonious relationship? (English) (Spanish)

THE ISSUE: Water is vital for life in all its forms. It’s an essential resource for the communities in which our mines operate and for the livelihoods of the people who live in them. It’s often the vital factor controlling biological habitat type and quality. Water is also critical for mining processes – from ore processing to dust suppression to the daily needs of employees. In what ways can mining companies safeguard water resources so that they continue to be available to meet the various needs of multiple users? (English) (Spanish)

THE ISSUE: Mining has the potential to impact ecosystems and biological resources. How can mining companies work in partnership with host governments and other stakeholders to ensure they provide adequate protection for biological resources, particularly when they are conducting their operations in or adjacent to environmentally sensitive or protected areas, or in remote regions containing previously undisturbed ecosystems? (English) (Spanish)

THE ISSUE: Mine closure is a complex process requiring careful planning from the beginning of a project’s lifecycle. The planning horizon is measured in decades, and planners must deal with social, economic and environmental issues that will inevitably change over a mine’s operating life. What are the best practices that define successful mine closure and site reclamation? (English)