We work with government and industry via Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage projects, our collaborations with the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) and other peak industry bodies.

We also work with small to medium-sized companies focused on improving their sustainability performance; and collaborate with international organisations, such as the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank, and NGOs and civil society organisations, including Oxfam and the Responsible Mining Initiative (Mongolia).

Our industry partners include some of the largest resources companies globally - Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Newmont Mining, Xstrata, Anglo American, BG Group and Vale.

Newmont

Newmont (USA) and SMI-CSRM work under an Umbrella Research Agreement, established in 2014, which outlines agreed terms of engagement between the two organisations.

Newmont has a long-standing working relationship with SMI-CSRM, having commissioned the Centre to undertake numerous studies and assessments across the company’s global operations for more than a decade.

Highlights include:

  • In 2008, SMI-CSRM conducted two Community Relations Review (CRR) studies at the Waihi mine (New Zealand) and at Minahasa (Indonesia).
  • In 2009, SMI-CSRM conducted a study of the social impacts of mine closure at the company’s Waihi mine (New Zealand).
  • In 2010, SMI-CSRM worked with Newmont to develop a company-wide Social Assessment Protocol. This involved the development of a methodology and field trials at Yanacocha (Peru), Jundee (Australia) and Akyem (Ghana). The approach has been published in a peer reviewed journal.
  • In 2011, Newmont supported ‘Practitioner Study’ undertaken by Professor Kemp and Associate Professor John Owen at the company’s Ahafo mine (Ghana). The study captured practitioner perspectives on community relations work in mining. This research was published in a peer reviewed journal.
  • In 2012, Newmont provided site access to its Granites Gold Mine in Central Australia for a SMI-CSRM Masters student to study the implementation of negotiated agreements between Aboriginal people and Australian mining companies.
  • In 2016, Newmont commissioned RESOLVE to convene the Yanacocha Independent Fact Finding Mission (YIFFM). Professor Kemp was invited to serve on the Mission’s Advisory Panel. She later played a key role as a Contributing Author on the final report.
  • In February 2016, Newmont commissioned RESOLVE to convene an Expert Advisory Panel to consider matters relating to Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) within a human rights framework at the company’s Merian mine in Suriname. Professor Kemp was invited to serve on the Expert Advisory Panel, and she played a key role in writing the report.

Finally, with the support of Mr Nick Cotts from Newmont’s Global Headquarters, SMI-CSRM, Newmont and RESOLVE recently submitted a proposal to the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant scheme on the effectiveness of inquiries to facilitating industry change. The outcome will be known mid-2018.

Newmont is also a Foundation Partner of the Mining, Resettlement and Livelihoods Research and Practice Consortium.

If you would like more information about the Newmont Partnership, please contact Professor Deanna Kemp on d.kemp@smi.uq.edu.au

 

Rio Tinto

The Rio Tinto - SMI-CSRM partnership was established at the end of 2006. This is an important and unique association where Rio Tinto and SMI-CSRM collaborate on a program of research and associated activities around corporate social performance and sustainable development, to assist Rio Tinto to monitor and enhance the effectiveness of their social and environmental investments, and also to provide research and training services. 

The partnership is coordinated through a Steering Committee comprising key personnel from Rio Tinto and SMI-CSRM. The Steering Committee define an annual work program, review performance against project and program milestones, identify opportunities for involving other Rio businesses and disseminate knowledge internally and externally.

Some major projects undertaken through the partnership include:

  • developing of a Decision Support Frameworks related to town 'normalisation', the management of the impacts of workforce change on mining-related communities, and FIFO workforces
  • assisting 3 Rio Tinto sites in Australia in rolling out the new Global Community Targets
  • examining and developing a range of indigenous employment strategies and policies, including: attraction and retention, ‘employability’, mentoring, cultural awareness training and business development
  • developing a series of publically available guidance documents:
    • Why Gender Matters: Integrating Gender into Communities Work
    • Why Cultural Heritage Matters: Integrating Cultural Heritage into Communities Work
    • Why Human Rights Matter: Integrating Human Rights into Communities Work
    • Why Agreements Matter Guide: Integrating Agreement‑making into Communities Work
  • evaluating resettlement and livelihood programs at operations including La Granja, Peru
  • monitoring and evaluating the South Gobi Community Cooperation Agreement negotiation and implementation process at Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia
  • facilitated global workshops on agreements and resettlement for senior Social Performance staff

Rio Tinto is also a Foundation Partner of the Mining, Resettlement and Livelihoods Research and Practice Consortium.

If you would like more information about the Rio Tinto Partnership, please contact Professor Deanna Kemp on d.kemp@smi.uq.edu.au

 

Newcrest

SMI-CSRM has partnered with the Lihir gold mine since 2007. When Newcrest acquired Lihir Gold Limited in 2010, the partnership was extended to Newcrest Mining Ltd (NML) globally. 

Since 2007, SMI-CSRM has delivered training to community relations personnel, and led the development and implementation social management plans and policies.

CSRM's close involvement with Newcrest in PNG provides a unique window on the challenges that communities and companies face in managing the impacts of rapid, large-scale, industrial development and in giving practical effect to the broad goal of sustainable development. 

Some major projects undertaken through the partnership include:

  • developing a cultural heritage management plan for Lihir Island
  • coordinating baseline research for the Lihir Education Plan (a major, multi-year initiative that forms a key part of the revised Intergrated Benefits Package between Newcrest, the government of PNG and the people of Lihir Island)
  • designing a social impact monitoring framework for the operation at Lihir
  • evaluation of resettlement and development of a Resettlement Action Plan at Lihir.

The agreement was extended again in 2016, and SMI-CSRM personnel welcomed the first cohort of the annual Social Performance Leadership Program for Newcrest in January 2017. The overall focus of the Newcrest Social Performance Leadership Program will be on developing Social Performance skills among participants whether they are Social Performance professionals or work in other disciplines across Newcrest Mining Ltd (NML) sites in PNG, Indonesia, Côte d'Ivoire, Fiji and Australia.

Newcrest is also a Foundation Partner of the Mining, Resettlement and Livelihoods Research and Practice Consortium.

If you would like more information about the Newcrest Partnership, please contact Professor Deanna Kemp on d.kemp@smi.uq.edu.au

 

MMG

SMI and MMG signed a partnership agreement in 2017. MMG is supporting CSRM and MISHC to collaborate on two-year applied research project. This project focuses on testing the appropriateness of safety science investigation and risk assessment methodologies in the context of social incidents in mining.

This partnership follows many years of collaboration on a range of projects at MMG sites including:

  • Indigenous employment, business development, agreement, social impact and closure studies at (the now divested) Century Zinc mine, Australia.
  • Community relations and community development training at Sepon, Laos
  • Evaluations of resettlement, grievance mechanisms and community development projects at Sepon, Laos.

MMG is also a Foundation Partner of the Mining, Resettlement and Livelihoods Research and Practice Consortium.

MMG is also a Foundation Partner of the Social Aspects of Mine Closure Consortium. CSRM is producing an industry briefing paper on the social aspects of mine closure and post-mining transitions. This work is supported by MMG, and will provide a foundation output that summarises the current industry knowledge base on this topic, including industry guidance, literature and current industry practices and case studies.  

If you would like more information about the MMG Partnership, please contact Professor Deanna Kemp on d.kemp@smi.uq.edu.au

 

OceanaGold Corporation

OceanaGold Corporation (OGC) and SMI-CSRM signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2017, paving the way for further work together.

SMI-CSRM has previously engaged with OGC’s sites including:

  • conducting a strategic community affairs planning workshop for the Didipio Operations, Philippines
  • closure planning at Waihi and Reefton mines, New Zealand.

If you would like more information about the OceanaGold Partnership, please contact Professor Deanna Kemp on d.kemp@smi.uq.edu.au