On 19-21 October, the first international seminar on social responsibility in mining, SRMining 2011, was held in Santiago, Chile. The seminar focused on challenges to, and opportunities for, strengthening the mining industry's 'social license to operate' and included over 500 participants (including company representatives, practitioners, NGOs and academics) from five continents.
Rachel Davis, Research Fellow in CSRI’s Governance and Accountability program, presented the initial results from an applied research project she has been leading at CSRI into the Costs of Company-Community Conflict in the Extractive Industry. Rachel presented the project’s initial findings, based on a series of global interviews and case analysis, in one of two plenary sessions, together with her co-author, Dr. Daniel Franks from the Center for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland in Australia. There was strong interest in the initial results, and in future project findings, from individual companies (both at the CSR officer and senior management levels) as well as from social impact assessment practitioners, field-based NGO representatives and academics from leading business schools.
The short paper containing the project's initial findings is available here.
A longer report of the Costs of Conflict project's full findings is forthcoming. For further details of the event please see the SRMining website: http://www.srmining.com/evento2011/