Companies face a variety of financial, environmental, political, and social pressures which can limit or impede their ability to effectively develop and implement CSR practices. Below are some examples of the challenges associated with implementing CSR encountered by Canadian mining and exploration companies:
Responses by Company
AuRico Gold Inc.
One challenge is the changing dynamics concerning Supreme Court of Canada rulings. Meeting the community expectations against the company's ability and financial capacity is another. From the First Nations perspective, there appears to be a lack of trust that the Government will enforce its own rules and regulations. "The bar keeps getting higher".
Canadian International Minerals Inc.
A lack of clear regulations, and government cutbacks of regulation administrators are cited as CSR challenges.
Cartier Resources Inc.
The company recognizes that constant reminding without sounding redundant is a challenge to CSR.
Dios Exploration Inc.
Challenges include the application and adjustment of measures to minimize the impact of drilling operations on the environment, and supervision of the work performed by contractors (drillers).
Freeport Resources Ltd.
There are two sides to CSR - there may be times that the local community has other priorities, no allocated staff, etc… and in these cases, CSR can only go so far. Formalizing processes may or may not contribute to successful communications. Understanding the local people and their concerns and priorities are more important.
Another aspect to consider is the cost of CSR initiatives. Meetings especially in remote locations require ongoing funding, which may not always be available. Sometimes the expectations of local communities can exceed smaller companies' financial capabilities. Understanding is needed on both sides.
We are a small junior exploration company working in Canada with limited resources. We believe a simple, less formal approach is more effective and better suited to the scale of our company and the projects we are currently working on.
Independence Gold Corp.
The company recognizes that managing expectations of people living in local communities, where folks often have little knowledge of the mineral exploration industry is a challenge to CSR.
Mustang Minerals Corp.
The broad practices and principles covered by CSR are a challenge for a smaller company to comply with.
Softrock Minerals Ltd.
The company recognizes community involvement as a CSR challenge.
Tashota Resources Inc.
The company recognizes the cost of implementation as a CSR challenge.
The company recognizes that its size in relation to all the necessary documentation is a challenge to CSR.
Zenyatta Ventures Ltd.
The company recognizes time & cost commitments for a small company with no revenue as a CSR challenge.