Vulnerable groups, such as women, children, ethnic minorities, the elderly, or land users without formal rights, often face higher risks from a mining operation. Children for example are more susceptible to the emissions and pollutants associated with large mining projects. Companies have developed CSR practices that involve directly consulting and addressing the needs of these groups when operating abroad. Below are some examples of Canadian mining and exploration companies’ CSR practices that target vulnerable groups:
Responses by Company
Freeport Resources Ltd.
We believe a personal approach is best. Our CSR practices cater to the needs of specific individuals and community groups. Although our projects are of a limited budget and currently only located in Canada, we would do the same in other jurisdictions.
Kinross Gold Corp.
The Sandbox Project is collaborating with a range of strategic partners to develop evidence-based policy to improve health among Canada’s youth. In addition to providing monetary support over three years, Kinross’ support includes advisory participation in the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health, focused on the issue of safety for young workers.
Suncor Energy Inc.
We have an Aboriginal Relations policy and the policy is translated into Dene and Cree on our website. Through our Suncor Energy Foundation, we support Aboriginal education and youth leadership.
Tashota Resources Inc.
The company has CSR practices that target vulnerable groups under its MOU agreements with First Nations.
The following companies indicated that they have CSR practices that target vulnerable groups such as youth, women, elders, indigenous peoples, ethnic or religious minorities, or land users without formal rights, but declined to provide any further details:
- Skyharbour Resources Ltd.
- Softrock Minerals Ltd.