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Since 2001, SMI-CSRM has contributed to industry change towards sustainable development through social science research projects, advisory and consulting work, teaching, training and the convening of multi-stakeholder dialogue processes.

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 Outcomes of a Three Year Program
Managing project-induced in-migration at the Hidden Valley gold mine, PNG

CSRM was sub-contracted to Coffey to provide strategic input into the development of a mine-induced in-migration management plan for the Hidden Valley gold mine in PNG. In May 2018 CSRM undertook a familiarisation trip to the mine site and surrounding district to understand in-migration patterns, facilitated a workshop on in-migration with mine managment to help set a foundation for future strategic plans.

CSRM contributes to UQ’s Masters of Leadership in Global Development
CSRM contributes to UQ’s Masters of Leadership in Global Development

As part of UQ’s new flagship Masters of Leadership in Global Development, SMI-CSRMs senior staff are teaching into a new course in Semester 1 of 2018, called Private Sector and Development. This course covers the history of business and society and corporate social responsibility. It will also explore hot topics such as business and human rights, supply chain and agreement-making with local communities.

Building a national framework for dialogue in ChileBuilding a national framework for dialogue in Chile

CSRM is providing expert appraisal of a national initiative in Chile to build a framework for community-company-government dialogue in the context of large investment projects. CSRM is providing feedback on the framework’s four components: dialogue, dispute resolution skills certification and financing. 

 Agreements research in PNGNTIO Roper Valley Iron Ore Project

CSRM is working with junior company Northern Territory Iron Ore (NTIO) that is seeking to develop the Roper Valley Iron Ore Project in the Northern Territory, Australia. This is an opportunity for CSRM to positively influence social performance practices in the early stages of a mining project that is located in a sensitive social and ecological context.  


Anglo American Advanced Sustainability Management Program
Anglo American Advanced Sustainability Management Program

For the eighth year, SMI-CSRM, in collaboration with the Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) is delivering the Advanced Sustainability Management Program to senior leaders within the Anglo American. The aim of the programme is to develop informed, skilled and effective managers able to offer critical leadership to manage the economic, environmental and social impacts of the global mining industry.

 Agreements research in PNGDevelopment of a practitioner tool for IPIECA on Community Development Agreements

CSRM is currently collaborating with IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, to develop a practitioner tool on the negotiation and establishment of agreements with project area communities. This is an opportunity for CSRM to positively influence agreement processes across the oil and gas project lifecycle.

Newcrest Social Performance Leadership Program for 2018 Newcrest Social Performance Leadership Program for 2018 

In 2018, CSRM and Newcrest Mining commenced Newcrest’s second Social Performance Leadership Program for senior company employees. The program aims to improve social performance across Newcrest's operations globally. The course includes two residential weeks at UQ and group projects in the time between. 

 

CSRM Chairs Independent Panel of Observers on PJV resettlement pilot in PNG
CSRM Chairs Independent Panel of Observers on PJV resettlement pilot in PNG

After conducting an initial review, in 2015, and producing a public report on the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) pilot off-lease resettlement project, SMI-CSRM was appointed to Chair an Independent Panel of Observers (“the Panel”). The Panel’s primary function is to observe project activities associated with the PJV pilot off-lease resettlement project, engage with project stakeholders, and to report on key developments as the company, government and landowner stakeholders attempt to progress the pilot project. The Panel reports to the project Committees, not any one stakeholder.


 an assessment of interoperability
Leveraging greater impact of mineral sustainability initiatives: an assessment of interoperability

Commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Extractives and Development Programme, SMI-CSRM is conducting a research project on the interoperability of sustainability initiatives relevant to mining and metals supply chains. The project report and a case study of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative will be available in the second half of 2017.

CSRM-led Australia Awards Africa short courseCSRM-led Australia Awards Africa short course

In July and September, CSRM led the Australia Awards Africa short course on local economic and social development in extractive industries. There were 25 participants from eleven countries in Africa. The Australia Awards are DFAT’s flagship program for building capacity in mid-career African professionals working in extractive industries. This is the 5th time CSRM has led these courses.

Safer gemstone cutting in JaipurSafer gemstone cutting in Jaipur

CSRM and MISHC are working with the American Gem Traders Association and Work Place Health and Safety Without Borders to improve health and safety in gemstone manufacturing. The project will be piloted in Jaipur (India) in early 2018. This work is funded through the GemHub, and supported by the Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Read more.

 Outcomes of a Three Year Program

Community Relations Capacity Building for Papua New Guinea’s Mineral Resources Authority: Outcomes of a Three Year Program

Between December 2014 and December 2017, The University of Queensland’s Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) provided professional training and capacity building services to Papua New Guinea’s Mineral Resources Authority (MRA).

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Social closure and community agreements
Social closure and community agreements

CSRM is conducting research on the social, cultural and political dimensions of mine closure at a regional and local level. The first stage of this project is an Australian based scoping study, the aim of which is to understand the extent of the research gap and also the practical extent of the issue.

Multi-stakeholder governance for greater transparency across the mining life cycle
Multi-stakeholder governance for greater transparency across the mining life cycle

Enabled by an SMI collaborative seed grant, SMI-CSRM is conducting research on multi-stakeholder initiatives for greater transparency in the mining sector. The project includes a case study of Australia’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), to be published in 2018.

Assessing the impacts of mining in Myanmar for the UNDPAssessing the impacts of mining in Myanmar for the UNDP

In September, researchers from CSRM and CMLR completed a final mission to Myanmar to finalise the assessment of the socio-economic and environmental impacts of mining in Mandalay Region for UNDP’s Poverty Environment Initiative. The research team will return to Myanmar in December to present their findings to a multi-stakeholder group, including government, civil society and industry.

Updating Vale Minerals Malaysia’s socio-economic diagnosisUpdating Vale Minerals Malaysia’s socio-economic diagnosis

In February, CSRM completed a socio-economic diagnosis for Vale Minerals in Malaysia. The diagnosis will be used as a key input into the design of a new five-year social investment plan being developed by CSRM for Vale’s large iron ore distribution terminal in Lumut.


Building capacities in mining sector governance in Niger

Building capacities in mining sector governance in Niger

SMI-CSRM, through the MEfDA partnership with the University of Western Australia, has been commissioned by DFAT to support mining sector governance in Niger. In 2018 work under this program will include conducting training in mine closure for the Ministry of Mines employees.

Inclusive planning for post-mining use of land by graziers in Central Queensland.
Inclusive planning for post-mining use of land by graziers in Central Queensland.

This ACARP project, being conducted in collaboration with Central Queensland University, tackles a looming problem for the coal mining industry: what happens after mining? At the core of the project are workshops with a panel of landholders with experience of uses of mining land and potential interest in future use of such territory.

Papua LNG project human rights impact assessment

Papua LNG project human rights impact assessment

The Danish Institute for Human Rights and SMI-CSRM have collaborated on a human rights impact assessment for the proposed Papua LNG Project in Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea operated by Total E&P PNG. The report forms part of the baseline studies for the project, and a public version will be made available.

Social performance scenario trial in South AfricaSocial performance scenario trial in South Africa

In September CSRM finalised and trialled a new social performance scenario exercise, designed for Anglo American PLC. The exercise was trialled at Anglo's Mogolakwena operation in South Africa, and involved the site management team. The project was supported by Anglo American's Centre for Experiential Learning and Corporate Relations Integration groups.


 

Scholars symposium on human migration, development and the global mining industry

Scholars symposium on human migration, development and the global mining industry

SMI-CSRM will host an international scholars symposium in August 2017. The Symposium provides a forum for direct scholarly exchange between international scholars actively publishing at the nexus of resettlement, in-migration, and small scale artisanal mining. The symposium will provide the foundation for a special issue in a high ranking peer reviewed journal.

Assessing human rights in artisanal gold mining in Burkina Faso
Assessing human rights in artisanal gold mining in Burkina Faso

SMI-CSRM is working on an European Union (EU) funded project in collaboration with the international NGO Eau Vive to conduct a human rights assessment of artisanal gold mining in Burkina Faso. Tensions between large scale miners and exploration is another challenging area in relation to the right to work.

 Agreements research in PNG

Seed grant awarded: Agreements research in PNG

CSRM was awarded an SMI collaborative seed grant to support research in PNG about the role of agreements between resource companies and local project area communities. 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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