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Simon Houlding was Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc. He founded Edumine in 2000, and was responsible for this InfoMine division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry until 31 October 2017. He is a professional engineer and author.

The Right Training Can Reduce the Impact of Mining on Communities

A number of mining companies have experienced costly delays due to community opposition and conflict. A case in point is Newmont Mining Corporation, the world’s 2nd largest gold miner, which is walking away from its $5 billion Conga copper and gold project in Peru after a year of relentless community opposition (see Community opposition forces Newmont to abandon Conga project in Peru, MINING.com, April 2016). A study by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the Sustainable Minerals Institute in Brisbane has determined that

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Is Your Exploration Team Trained to Deal with Community and Cultural Issues?

e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration was developed by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) to help exploration companies continuously improve their social, environmental, and health and safety performance. e3 Plus is an information resource on which explorers are encouraged to base their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and programs. e3 Plus includes eight principles for responsible exploration, guidance notes on implementing the principles, and three internet-based toolkits in the areas of social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and health and safety. The eight

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Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI)

The discussion regarding impacts of the minerals industry on communities and the environment is a critical, continuous, and ever evolving topic. The goal of SDIMI is to highlight solutions and benefits of sustainable development in the industry. SDIMI 2015 brings together engineers, government officials, researchers, technical experts, and non-governmental organizations, creating a collective group of mineral professionals who evaluate the challenges of developing and implementing sustainable practices in the mineral extraction industry. The 7th SDIMI conference is being held at the University of British Columbia,

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New Spanish Online Course: Cómo establecer una licencia social en minería

We have just launched a new Spanish online course: Cómo establecer una licencia social en minería. This is a translation and updated version of Robert Boutilier and Ian Thomson’s course Establishing a Social Licence to Operate in Mining. This course is for anyone concerned with sustainable community relationships in mining: professionals, managers, regulators, NGOs, community leaders and graduate students. The course explains how a mining company can earn and maintain a social licence to operate. For more information, visit the course introduction page. You can

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New Online Course: Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

The extractive industries have the dual responsibility of protecting their people and operations as well as respecting the human rights of their employees and the members of the communities in which they work. In our newest online course, Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, Monkey Forest’s Tom Green provides an introduction to the VPSHR, and discusses risk assessment in the context of providing a secure working environment and protecting the human rights of employees and surrounding communities, human rights abuse allegations and the procedures

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The Business Model for Mineral Projects is at Odds with the Concept of Social Responsibility

The fifth Global Exploration, Mining and Minerals (GEMM) Dialogue has just wrapped up in Vancouver. GEMM is sponsored by the Responsible Minerals Sector Initiative (RMSI) at Simon Fraser University…

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Register Now For Environmental and Social Conflict Resolution in the Resources Sector

The extractive industry has the potential to significantly transform environments, communities and economies. At times, such transformation may manifest in conflicts or disputes between a resource developer and local communities, or even complete breakdown of the company’s social licence to operate—with associated costs for the company, local communities, and the broader public. The upcoming webcast Environmental and Social Conflict Resolution in the Resources Sector focuses on the causes and costs of conflict in the resource industry, and the processes and mechanisms companies and communities can

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New Portuguese Online Course – A Imagem da Mineração

We’ve just launched our latest Portuguese online course, A Imagem da Mineração! This course is a translation of The Evolving Image of Mining, by Dr. Marcello Veiga and Dr. Stephen A. Roberts. This is a course for managers, professionals, students and concerned stakeholders in mining who require a better understanding of the impacts of mining on the environment and communities.The course discusses the underlying causes which have shaped the public’s evolving perception of the mining industry and presents ways in which mining companies can overcome

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What’s New: Online Course Offerings from EduMine and e3Plus

What’s New in EduMine’s Online Course Offerings: e3Plus – A Framework for Responsible Exploration e3Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration is a guideline developed by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) to help exploration companies continuously improve their social, environmental and health and safety performance, and to comprehensively integrate these three aspects into all of their exploration programs around the world. EduMine has adapted the e3Plus online toolkits on environmental stewardship, social responsibility and health and safety into eight comprehensive courses. Each course

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