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We *Should* Read the Back of the Brownie Box

Just by coincidence, I learned about how “controversy swirls around harsh anti-obesity ads” in Georgia, part of a five-year, $25 million anti-obesity effort and hosted at Then I read about a consultant explaining to board members of the Natural

Posted in Climatechange, Publicparticipation, Sustainability, USA

Oil vs. Wind vs. Pipelines vs. Solar, etc.

Op-Ed in the NYT — “A Shortsighted Victory in Delaying the Keystone Pipeline” – outlines some of the tough trade-offs that will be forced upon decision-makers thinking about energy. Who decides? Intuitively, one would say “democratically elected government”, but federal, state

Posted in Climatechange, Publicparticipation, SEIA, Sustainability, USA

Externalities of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act?

The title, “How Congress Devastated Congo”, is a bit much, but this OpEd gives pause to all of us thinking that human rights in mining is a black or white issue. It is true: It’s easier to sidestep Congo than

Posted in Artisanalmining, Conflict, Corporateresponsibility, DRC, Humanrights, Livelihoods, NGOs, Publicparticipation, Transparency

TEDx Brussels 2010 – Paul Collier

Here’s the punchline of the talk: “There is no substitute for building a critical mass of informed citizens within each of the societies that have these valuable resources and are currently poor.” TEDx Brussels 2010 – Paul Collier – How

Posted in Publicparticipation, Sustainability, Transparency

CommDev (and In-Flux)

A missed gem on my Resources list. I came across CommDev again when I found this relatively new (slow blogging plagues me)  resource on the massive challenge of in-migration and in-flux on major projects: A Handbook for Addressing Project-Induced In-Migration.

Posted in Communitydevelopment, Corporateresponsibility, HIV/AIDS, Humanrights, Migration, Publicparticipation, Sustainability

Las Bambas Independent Advisory Group

Researching some sustainability reports this week, I learned about an Xstrata initiative in Peru to create an Independent Advisory Group on the Las Bambas mine. I can’t comment on the performance from my London-desk, but given the recent turmoil in

Posted in Corporateresponsibility, Peru, Publicparticipation

Big Dams: Bulldozers and Sustainable Development 101

The debate for me isn’t electricity or no electricity for the Gilgel Gibe III Dam in Ethiopia, recently highlighted on the BBC’s Crossing Continents. It is about electricity with appropriate study of the impacts or electricity that makes the same

Posted in Communitydevelopment, Corporateresponsibility, Dams, Ethiopia, Humanrights, NGOs, Publicparticipation, SEIA, Sustainability

A Brave (and Responsible) Company

Very pleased to receive a link to this story on the Mine Web site regarding Newmont’s review of its community relations policy and practice. One part that most interested me: Community relations cannot be an isolated function. “All employees must

Posted in Communitydevelopment, Corporateresponsibility, Publicparticipation

More WRI Resources on Engagement

The World Resources Institute has recently published a report called “Breaking Ground: Engaging Communities in Extractive and Infrastructure Projects”. The report is a well-referenced follow on from a previous report, “Development Without Conflict: The Business Case for Community Consent”, and

Posted in Publicparticipation, SEIA, Sustainability

ICT – A Potential Game Changer?

Here’s a topic I hope to begin posting a bit more about: information communication technology (ICT) and sustainability, especially the newer tools that increase interaction among the stakeholders in the sustainability debate. Perusing AccountAbility’s website, I came across an article

Posted in Corporateresponsibility, ICT, Publicparticipation, Reporting, Sustainability