Another Step to Help Mining Companies Meet Standards Abroad

(No. 11 – January 13, 2010 – 1:30 p.m. EST) The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today announced the launch of a website that will help Canadian mining, oil and gas companies meet and exceed their social and environmental responsibilities while operating abroad.

“This new website will be a one-stop shop with the latest information on corporate social responsibility rules, laws and best practices,” said Minister Day. “It will also feature timely, practical information and advice on foreign countries, local networks and relevant experiences of Canadian companies, civil society and other stakeholders operating abroad.”

Hosted by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and developed in consultation with the federal government, industry, civil society, academia, indigenous representatives and expert practitioners, this new website will:

  • offer an inventory of experts, contacts, activities, reference materials, policies and regulations, country profiles and existing Canadian and international tools to assist companies in developing solid corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies.
  • provide a forum in which companies, CSR practitioners and stakeholders in Canada and abroad can share experiences and CSR best practices by posting case scenarios, stories and advice.
  • facilitate the development of education programs for industry and stakeholders.

“If a Canadian company in the extractive sector wants to find information on how to set up a community development program in Peru, it will be able to go to this website and find partners, as well as information on local legislation and investment frameworks,” said Minister Day. “This website will be an efficient, fast and reliable tool for extractive-sector companies and for stakeholders who wish to tap into networks, experts, activities, research and best practices.”

“CIM is proud to lead the development of the Centre for Excellence in CSR,” said Jean Vavrek, CIM Executive Director. “We see it as a logical next step to the years of development work our members have dedicated to addressing the key issues under the umbrella of CSR. The Centre will provide an even playing field, where a true multi-stakeholder community can share ideas and concerns to build the new face of mining together, by enhancing capacities and standardizing best practices.”

This initiative is part of the Government of Canada’s new strategy on corporate social responsibility. This strategy also includes the appointment of a CSR counsellor with the objective of providing Canadian companies with the tools they need to be better corporate citizens.

To view this new website, please visit Corporate Social Responsibility.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Mélisa Leclerc
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Trade
and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-6186

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000