Speaker: Dr Anthony Kung, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM)

Abstract: The last decade has seen intensifying pressure on the mining industry to demonstrate its contribution to development. Such pressure is evidenced in the increasingly wide range of international sustainability and human rights frameworks available for companies to endorse. Major incidents in recent years - combined with the speed of today’s news cycles - have sharpened public focus onto the potential harms of mining activities to host communities. These trends raise questions about how companies can organise for effective social performance. This webinar presents a research approach designed to examine such questions. Developed at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, with support from SMI's Complex Orebodies Program, the research design comprises 11 elements that together constitute a strategic review of a company's social performance function.

Bio: Anthony specialises in social impact and risk assessments for large scale resource development projects, as well as monitoring and evaluation for international development programs. He undertook social studies for extractives projects in Australia (Telfer, Tanami), PNG (Wafi-Golpu, PNG LNG, P’nyang), and Fiji (Waisoi) and recently conducted a review of the Cook Islands draft legislation on seabed mining. Read bio in full

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The Sustainable Minerals Institute Webinar Series showcases the exciting research underway across SMI - from processing to social performance to health and safety - join us on a Tuesday for the presentation followed by Q&A with the researcher.