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Mining companies push CSR in business agenda

by Cristina Arzadon

Laoag City (4 June) -- Mining companies are not merely reinventing themselves in pushing for responsible mining. The industry is making corporate social responsibility a top agenda in their order of business in response to growing hostility towards mining operations.

Through a guidebook on CSR that the Chamber of Mines has put out and is currently under scrutiny from various stakeholders, the industry wants to spread the word that mining doesn't only mean profit. Mining also means protecting the environment and embracing the community.

Artemio Desini, COM chairman, said the guidebook is an attempt to demonstrate the industry's commitment to responsible mining and, in the process, achieve sustainable development through the framework of CSR.

"We must convince people that we have a responsible company to get the social licence to operate... that we are not merely engaging in profits," he said.

The COM finished the last leg of presenting the draft guidebook to stakeholders in Luzon during a forum organized at the Fort Ilocandia Resort and Hotel in Laoag last week. Similar presentations were done in Visayas and Mindanao. A summit has been scheduled for July before the book's final publication and release sometime in September.

The guidebook encourages mining companies to comply with the law and assume responsibility for the impact of mining activities on people and the environment.

The book provides standards in addressing specific concerns generated by mining operations such as health and safety, environment, community engagement and development, labor, human rights, transparency and accountability. (PIA) [top]

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