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THE CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN CSR IS SEEKING YOUR INPUT

Supporting the development of the Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CfE) is one of the four pillars of the Canadian government's action plan on CSR, Building the Canadian Advantage, announced in March 2009. The focus of the Centre is to help Canadian companies doing business around the world, provide tools and information for all stakeholders, and to raise the bar for excellent CSR-related practices in the extractive industry. As part of this mandate, the Centre is embarking on a process of developing practical, operational guidance from a multi-stakeholder perspective for the Canadian extractive sector on three international instruments:

  • the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
  • the OECD Multinational Enterprise Guidelines; and
  • the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

The Centre has selected the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as its first priority. Within the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights, there are a number of possible issues for which such practical operational guidance could be developed by the Centre, including (in no particular order):

1. Stakeholder/community engagement;

2. Risk assessment and mitigation;

3. Dispute resolution; and

4. Due diligence.

We therefore seek your input concerning which one of these UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights issues you feel is most in need of practical operational guidance for the Canadian extractive sector, and why you think this is so. Should you feel that there is another issue in the UN Guiding Principles that is of greater importance than any of those listed above, please send us a description of this issue and its importance.

Once the Centre for Excellence in CSR agrees upon the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights issue for which it will develop practical guidance, the Centre plans to canvas, and where possible, draw upon existing operational guidance that is in use (in Canada and elsewhere), so as not to re-invent the wheel. We encourage you to bring any existing useful operational guidance that you are aware of to our attention.

The Centre for Excellence in CSR seeks your input on this by April 15, 2013. Please email your comments to the Centre’s Secretariat at mgoulet@cim.org.

Thank you,

Ben Chalmers, Executive Committee Co-Chair representing Industry

Kernaghan Webb, Executive Committee Co-Chair representing Non-Industry (by interim)

 


 

The Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility is being developed by CIM as one of the 4 pillars of the Canadian government's action plan on CSR, Building the Canadian Advantage, announced in March 2009.

Over the coming years, this site will become the hub of knowledge on CSR-related practices and approaches as they apply to the extractive sector.

The focus is to help Canadian companies doing business around the world, provide tools and information for all stakeholders, and to raise the bar for excellent CSR-related practices in the extractive industry.

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