Resources - Extractives and CSR

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CNCA Statement Regarding the April 2008 Report of the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Business and Human Rights

July 2008

This CNCA submission to the Special Representative provides feedback regarding the final report from the first part of his mandate.

CSR Roundtables - Briefing notes

June 2006

A CNCA briefing note on the Government Roundtables on Extractive Industries and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Moving Beyond Voluntarism

November 2005

A civil society analysis of the Government response to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (SCFAIT) 14th report, "Mining in Developing Countries - Corporate Social Responsibility", 38th Parliament, 1st session.

Moving Beyond Voluntarism - Briefing notes 

November 2005

A civil society analysis of the Government response to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (SCFAIT) 14th report, "Mining in Developing Countries - Corporate Social Responsibility", 38th Parliament, 1st session. 

Impacts of Activities of Canadian Mining Companies in Africa

Abdulai Darimani, October 2005

This paper discusses the impact of the activities of Canadian mining companies in Africa with specific reference to Ghana. It looks at the effect of these activities on the environment, local communities, human rights and the national economy.

Community Rights and Corporate Responsibility: Canadian Mining and Oil Companies in Latin America

North, L. Clark, T.D. and Patroni, V., 2006.

This book investigates Canadian mining and oil companies' involvement and resulting conflicts in various countries throughout Latin America.

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CNCA Statement on the Advisory Roundtable Report

April 2007

An Important Step Forward: The Final Report of the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries

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Summary Critique of Standards Relevant to Extractive Industries (mini - Summaries only - 0.6 megs) | (whole - Summaries, plus full text of standards - 5.8 megs)

Brodeur, C. and Herman, T. for the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, July 2006

The compendium provides a brief description of a number of selected CSR standards and policies relevant to the extractive industry, followed by a summary overview of existing critiques both substantive and procedural of those standards, and a list of sources for further information. The Summary Compendium just provides the overview and critiques, the Full Compendium also includes a copy of each standard.

Human Rights in the Minerals Industry

Handelsman, S., January 2002

This report examines issues related to specific points of conflict concerning human rights where mining companies find themselves involved.

Joint NGO Submission - Consultation on Human Rights and the Extractive Industry.

ESCR-NET Corporate Accountability Working Group, December 2005.

This paper provides a set of case studies related to the extractive industries that show patterns of violations and gaps in the protection of human rights, including environmental and indigenous peoples' rights.

UN Human Rights Norms for Business: Briefing Kit

ESCR-NET Corporate Accountability Working Group, January 2005.

This kit offers educational and advocacy material to better understand the development and implementation of these UN Norms.

Compendium of Ethics Codes and Instruments of Corporate Responsibility

Cragg, W., 2005

This book offers a collection of influential ethics codes, principles, guidelines and standards on corporate social responsibility.

One Step Forward, One Step Back - An Analysis of IFC's Sustainability Policy, Performance Standards and Disclosure Policy.

Durbin, A and others, May 2006.

This paper offers a brief overview and a critical analysis of the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) Sustainability Policy, Performance Standards and Disclosure Policy for addressing the challenges of extractive industries activities overseas.

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Debunking the Myths on the Feasibility of CSR Regulatory Reform in Canada

Forcese, Craig ; September 2006

This paper addresses several key jurisdictional issues surrounding the regulation of Canadian extractive industries in their overseas activities. Broadly, speaking it focuses on two main concerns: international legal issues relating to extraterritorial jurisdiction (i.e.,laws that prescribe conduct outside Canada); and, federalism issues (i.e.,the division of powers between provincial and federal level of government).

Exploding the Myths: Why Home States are Reluctant to Regulate.

Sara L. Seck, October 2005

This paper explores three commonly misunderstood myths that are traditionally used to justify the reluctance on the part of governments to regulate and support industry submissions against regulation. The author argues that the real reason behind government inaction has to do more with economic self-interest than with international law.

Deconstructing Engagement: Corporate Self-regulation in Conflict Zones - Implications for Human Rights and Canadian Public Policy.

Gagnon, G; Macklin, A. and Simons, P., January 2003.

This paper examines governance gaps in the accountability of transnational corporations for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law associated with their extraterritorial operations. It includes an analysis of Talisman Energy's operations in Sudan and a comparative assessment of international and corporate self-regulation regimes.

A Policy Framework for the Regulation of Canadian Mining Companies Operating Internationally.

MiningWatch Canada, November 2005

In this paper MiningWatch Canada proposes a policy framework for effecting legislative and regulatory change in Canada to control the impact of the Canadian mining industry overseas on human rights, environment and labour.

Extracting Promises: Indigenous Peoples, Extractive Industries and the World Bank

Forest Peoples Programme and Tebtebba Foundation, May 2003

An independent study compiled as a contribution to the World Bank's Extractive Industries Review (EIR). This study builds on existing literature and legal analysis in addition to seven case studies carried out by indigenous people of their experience with the WB and the extractive industry.

The Art of the Possible: Socially Responsible Investment and State Pension Plans.

Davison Harden, J., June 2006

This paper provides a brief analysis of the implementation of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) criteria adopted by different sponsored pension plans and compare them with the SRI policy recently produced by the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). The state-sponsored pension plans reviewed are: The Fonds de Reserve pour les Retraites (FRR), the Norwegian Government Pension Fund (NGPF) and the New Zealand’s Crown Financial Institutions (CFIs).

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Canada's Extractive Industry Ombudsperson

- Background and Recommendations for an Ombudsperson for Canadian Extractive Companies Operating AbroadHansen, J; Murtha, B.; Reasner, R.; Ritson-Bennett, S.; et Urminsky, M.

November 2006

This report offers background and policy recommendations for an Ombudsperson for the Canadian Extractive Companies Operating Abroad. This brief was submitted to National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and Extractive Industries. It was prepared by a team of LL.B candidates under the supervision of Craig Forcese from the University of Ottawa.

Gold and Land: Democratic Development at Stake

Rousseau, S. and Meloche, F, June 2002.

This report looks at the Tambogrande municipal consultation process in Peru. It summarizes the political context surrounding the conflict in the Tambogrande mining project in Peru. It also discuss the place of mining industry in the history of Peru, the role and jurisdiction of the Peruvian state in the mining sector, and the project presented by the Manhattan Sechura Company since the beginning of its exploration activities in the district of Tambogrande.

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Activités des entreprises minières canadiennes à l'étranger et leurs impacts sur les communautés.

Mouss-Keita, F. August 2006

This paper provides a critical overview of the challenges of Canadian mining companies in countries that are not in the position of exploiting their mining resources by themselves. The author supports the need to strengthen the concept of Corporate Social responsibility and the role the Canadian government plays in this debate. It includes cases from Ghana.(Available only in English).

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