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Featured Blog Posts – April 2019 Archive (23)

Contract Disclosure Good for Business in Myanmar, Total Says

As the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) prepares to require member governments to publish the contracts they sign with oil, gas and mining companies, an executive for French oil major Total discusses the potential benefits of contract disclosure for investors in Myanmar.



The contracts signed between governments and oil, gas and mining companies are crucial documents. They set out many of the most important terms under which investors operate,…

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Added by Sebastian Sahla on April 29, 2019 at 13:08 — No Comments

Minerals in the Fight Against Climate Change

Minerals in the Fight Against Climate Change
By Degol Hailu and Caroline Ngonze
http://www.africa.undp.org/content/rba/en/home/blog/2019/minerals-in-the-fight-against-climate-change-.html

Added by Degol Hailu on April 28, 2019 at 11:39 — No Comments

Linking stakeholder perspectives for environmental policy development and implementation in Ghana’s gold mining sector: Insights from a Q-methodology study

Abstract



Gold mining might have contributed to socio-economic development in Ghana, but it has also exacerbated incidences of environmental degradation and fostered associated human rights violations within local communities. As a result, the government of Ghana has sought to address the incidences of environmental degradation related to mining by formulating and implementing a wide range of environmental policies. However, the extent to which these environmental policies have…

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Added by Francis Xavier Dery Tuokuu, Ph.D on April 26, 2019 at 5:55 — No Comments

New Database: National Oil Companies, with $3.1 Trillion in Assets, Are Dangerously Under-Scrutinized

Use the database  |  Watch the trailer  |  Read about the project and…

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Added by Lee Bailey on April 25, 2019 at 10:50 — No Comments

DCAF-ICRC Toolkit for companies operating in complex environments

Addressing Security and Human Right Challenges in Complex Environments

What are some challenges and good practices working with host government, public security forces, private security provider, and communities in complex environments?

Check out this DCAF-ICRC Tookit! …

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Added by Zhilin X on April 24, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

London Metal Exchange, EITI and OECD to improve transparency in mineral supply chains

Today, the London Metal Exchange (LME), the world’s largest market for minerals, launched a formal consultation on the proposed rules for responsible…

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Added by EITI on April 23, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments

Improving Board Assurance of Technical and Operational Risks in Mining

Alexandra Atkins, Director Global Mining Sustainability has presented a visionary approach to addressing gaps in board assurance in the mining industry. The Paper presents the failure of the mining industry to properly equip their boards with technical skills and proposes to develop a STEM solution.

See this Paper was presented at the 1st Annual Mining Geomechanical Risk Symposium Perth Australia earlier this month.…

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Added by Roy Jakola on April 23, 2019 at 0:43 — No Comments

Fairtrade/Fairmined Gold In The US/UK

Author's introduction: In context to ethical jewelry sourcing, the UK vs US market is a study in contrasts. The former has over 250 Fairtrade Gold jewelers. There's an awareness of the importance of ethical sourcing tied to producer communities. In the US, there is only one Fairtrade Gold jeweler, and the market is focused on…

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Added by Marc Choyt on April 22, 2019 at 23:30 — No Comments

Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance (facilitated MOOC)

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the World Bank and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are pleased to announce that enrollment for the massive open online course on Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance, starting on May 6, 2019 is now…

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Added by Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye on April 22, 2019 at 17:37 — No Comments

Manufacturing Consent: Ethical Jewelry Babble in a Russian Doll

There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.” —Donald Rumsfeld

Author’s introduction: Behind the “ethical/responsible” jewelry movement, the new hot trend in North…

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Added by Marc Choyt on April 17, 2019 at 21:37 — No Comments

Seven trends shaping the future of the mining and metals industry

The mining and metals industry is recovering from one of its most difficult periods in decades. Market volatility and a downturn in commodity prices have created a new normal where cost cuts, automation and operational efficiency are vitally important.

Meanwhile, industry-specific issues related to…

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Added by Nicolas Maennling on April 16, 2019 at 10:10 — No Comments

Lessons Learned from the Green Transformation of an Energy Company

In just 12 years, Denmark’s largest energy company Ørsted reduced its coal use by 81 percent and became the planet’s leading offshore windfarm developer. Here’s what other companies can learn from the transition.

Ørsted’s Burbo Bank offshore wind farm, off the northeastern coast of…

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Added by Nicolas Maennling on April 16, 2019 at 9:52 — No Comments

Setting the standard in commodity trading

Efforts to bring transparency to the commodity trading sector were given new momentum last month in Switzerland, the global centre for commodity traders. EITI Chair Fredrik Reinfeldt addressed traders at the FT Commodities Summit in Lausanne.…

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Added by EITI on April 15, 2019 at 16:11 — No Comments

Taking the lead on disclosures

Authored by Murjanatu Gamawa and Alex Gordy

The EITI Global Conference in Paris on 18-19 June will showcase emerging best practices in EITI implementation from 52 countries. Ghana has all the building blocks needed to lead Africa in systematically disclosing EITI data.

In March, Ghana EITI (GHEITI) convened a workshop to explore…

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Added by EITI on April 15, 2019 at 16:07 — No Comments

Strong Laws, Poor Implementation Characterize African Resource Sector

[Read the report in English or French.]

Countries across resource-rich sub-Saharan Africa are failing to reap the benefits from their wealth of endowments of oil and minerals due to an “implementation gap” between the laws…

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Added by Lee Bailey on April 15, 2019 at 14:56 — No Comments

New report on Local content policies in the mining sector: Stimulating direct local employment

Executive summary from my new report on direct local employment in the mining sector. The report was commissioned by The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF). 

See local employment link on this page for full report https://www.igfmining.org/expert-papers/ or direct link here:…

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Added by Tim Grice on April 14, 2019 at 11:56 — No Comments

Invitation to advise the PPA on responsible minerals challenges/opportunities in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa (SURVEY)

Dear colleagues:

 

The Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) is seeking expert and stakeholder insights on responsible…

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Added by Pilar on April 12, 2019 at 15:51 — No Comments

Selection of Civil Society Representatives on the International EITI Board (2019-2022)

Seeking Civil Society Representatives for the EITI International Board (2019-2022)

This selection process is managed by an independent Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) with the support of an Independent Organization (IO), the Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

Version…

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Added by Publish What You Pay on April 10, 2019 at 15:30 — No Comments

Birth Of The Ethical Jewelry Movement

Photo taken on a bike path near my home in Santa Fe, NM.

 

Author’s Introduction: PAST IS PROLOGUE

In my Ethical Jewelry Exposé, I argue that the emerging “responsible jewelry” movement in North America…

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Added by Marc Choyt on April 8, 2019 at 22:00 — No Comments

PRESS RELEASE: Towards a mercury-free future in Mongolia and the Philippines

Ulaanbaatar, 5 April 2019  With twenty per cent of the world’s gold supply produced by artisanal and small-scale miners, urgent action is needed to reduce the environmental impact of the sector, as well as to protect the health and wellbeing of the millions of men,…

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Added by Artisanal Gold Council on April 5, 2019 at 20:40 — No Comments

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