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The 4 Maturity Levels of Organizations for Data Management of Stakeholder Engagement Activities

Embracing new data management technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) can support the implementation of best practices in the context of social and environmental performance for corporations with multiple sites. It’s also become necessary to manage social performance data, which has become such an important factor to assist proactive and strategic decision-making.

The challenges of an interconnected world

 

Today’s world is interconnected.…

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Added by Sarah Busque on August 6, 2018 at 19:57 — 2 Comments

Gaining on the SDGs – Inspiration from Ethical Corp’s Responsible Business Summit Europe

The Responsible Business Summit Europe (RBSEU), which recently took place in London, sparked debate about how we can transform the world while building great and sustainable businesses. I was inspired by sessions describing how companies are putting into practice processes to achieve the UN’s …

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Added by Sarah Busque on July 10, 2018 at 16:34 — No Comments

Gaining on the SDGs – Inspiration from Ethical Corp’s Responsible Business Summit Europe

The Responsible Business Summit Europe (RBSEU), which recently took place in London, sparked debate about how we can transform the world while building great and sustainable businesses. I was inspired by sessions describing how companies are putting into practice processes to achieve the UN’s …

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Added by Sarah Busque on July 10, 2018 at 16:34 — No Comments

Measuring Social Performance: the Perpetual Quest for Accurate Reporting

In May this year, I attended the International Finance Corporation (IFC) 10th Sustainability Exchange. Among other subjects of interest, the question of Social Measurement was brought up. I have noticed that in the past two years, Social Performance Reporting has been gaining in popularity beyond the mining and metals industry, in which it has already been discussed for many years. In many companies, there seems to be an increasing…

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Added by Sarah Busque on August 11, 2016 at 14:25 — No Comments

How to Build a Solid Stakeholder Engagement Plan

Working with clients both on-site and remotely over the past 10 years has taught me many lessons, and I must say one of the most valuable ones to this day is that planning, as exhausting (or even overrated!) it may seem, can make the difference between a project’s success or failure. Especially when your project has several impacts – good and/or bad – on communities. That’s exactly why stakeholder engagement activities must be planned. And not just Let’s scribble an approximate plan on a…

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Added by Sarah Busque on June 14, 2016 at 17:21 — No Comments

Information Management Systems: A Powerful Tool to Help Fight Corruption

I recently attended the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada in Toronto and after sharing a few conversations with colleagues who are working in Africa, I was unpleasantly surprised to learn that corruption was on the rise. Of course, corruption has been and still is a threat to economic development in many countries. I guess my disappointment lies more into its recent increase in countries where our clients operate.

When Corruption Gets in the Way of…

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Added by Sarah Busque on March 24, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

A Turning Point for Social Acceptance of Mining Projects in Quebec

January 1, 2016 marked the day new legislative and regulatory provisions entered into force in Quebec, thus modifying the Mining Act with the addition of 7 new provisions for mining companies to respect. In order to better understand what these changes mean for both mining companies and communities, let’s explore the concept of social acceptance, which is closely tied to corporate…

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Added by Sarah Busque on March 2, 2016 at 23:53 — No Comments

PDAC Convention: An Opportunity to Talk About Responsible Mining

Every March, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) holds the PDAC International Convention, a 4-day conference in Toronto where actors of the mining industry meet. Over 1,000 exhibitors and 24,500 attendees from around the world, including investors, service providers and mining companies, attend the event each year.

Boréalis will be present with a team of CSR…

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Added by Sarah Busque on February 24, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

Thoughts on ICMM’s Land Acquisition and resettlement: Lessons Learned

Have you read ICMM’s Land acquisition and resettlement: Lessons learned? Here’s a review by Louis Lieutenant, our Land Access expert.

ICMM recently published Land acquisition and resettlement: Lessons learned1, a very interesting and comprehensive document that offers great insights based on more than 40 projects worldwide,…

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Added by Sarah Busque on February 5, 2016 at 21:38 — No Comments

Are Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Development Really Joined At the Hip?

Is your organization implementing socioeconomic development, environmental or charity projects that benefit communities? Do you think this automatically makes these projects a demonstration of social responsibility? Well, don’t be so sure!

It is now common practice for modern businesses to take great care of…

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Added by Sarah Busque on January 11, 2016 at 22:19 — No Comments

A partnership in Burkina Faso to educate and train practitioners on the implementation of mining best practices

Boréalis today announced a second partnership in West Africa, this time with Burkinabe firm Teng Tuuma Geoservices (TTG). This partnership is happening a few months after the reform of the mining code and will contribute to the development and promotion of good practices for the mining industry in Burkina Faso; an industry that boomed over the last decade with the opening…

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Added by Sarah Busque on November 13, 2015 at 15:09 — No Comments

A partnership in Senegal to promote responsible mining practices in West Africa

Boréalis today announced its recent partnership with Senegalese company Geomin. For the Canadian-based software company, this first alliance in Senegal will bring new opportunities to mining projects that wish to operate in respect of best practices and international standards. This new partnership reinforces Boréalis’ presence in West Africa and will promote Corporate Social Responsibility among local mining projects.

Geomin is a strategic partner with a deep understanding of…

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Added by Sarah Busque on November 3, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

The Chamber of Mines Of Madagascar Gets a System to Facilitate Local Content Management for Mining Companies

Chamber of Mines of Madagascar, or Chambre des Mines de Madagascar (CMM) chose the opening of the 2015 International Forum on Madagascar Mining & Petroleum to introduce the Boréalis software as its brand new system to manage local content. The web application was even specially…

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Added by Sarah Busque on October 15, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

A New Mining Code in Burkina Faso: What Does It Entail for Mining Companies?

Last June, Burkina Faso’s transitional parliament nearly unanimously (77 legislators on 78 in favour) passed a new mining code that will ensure communities benefit more from the country’s raw materials. This new code – which replaces former mining regulations of the past 12 years – was among the World Bank’s requirements for an investment of $100 million to support the West African country’s development. In addition to the mining code, the country also passed an anti-corruption law last…

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Added by Sarah Busque on September 22, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Conflict Minerals in DRC: How Our Role as Consumers Can Make a Difference



Did You Know Your Electronic Devices Probably Support Conflict Minerals?


Yes, you read right. Your smartphone could be the cause for war, genocide and other crimes against humanity.…

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Added by Sarah Busque on September 11, 2015 at 20:06 — 1 Comment

Working Towards Sustainability for Projects in our Backyard: Canadian Malartic and Integra Gold

Boréalis being an international company, we’ve had the opportunity to work on various mining, oil and gas projects on all five continents. A trend we’ve noticed everywhere is the pressure of communities on companies and projects to be accountable for the impacts of operations on the environment, communities and local economy. Canada’s no different and we’re always more than happy when Canadian companies contact us to help them keep social acceptance and carry out their projects in respect of…

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Added by Sarah Busque on July 13, 2015 at 20:36 — No Comments

New Video Series – CSR Whiteboard

Close collaboration with customers provides Boréalis with a deep understanding of concepts and issues linked to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Over the past 10 years we’ve noticed that many of our clients face similar situations even if their realities are very different. That’s how we came up with the idea of producing short videos where we address CSR-related situations we’ve either noticed or experienced first-hand.

Our goal is to explain complex…

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Added by Sarah Busque on June 26, 2015 at 17:29 — No Comments

Corruption Could Be the Biggest Threat to ASEAN’s Economic Development

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is currently experiencing one of the fastest economic growths on Earth. Although this is great news for the area, the threat of corruption lingers on, casting a shadow over great opportunities. The main issue? The combination of the fastest-growing and richest economies with some of the poorest people living on this planet.…

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Added by Sarah Busque on May 20, 2015 at 14:12 — No Comments

For Successful Community Relations, both Companies and Communities Must Engage in Dialogue

Mel Benson shared with us his standpoint on community relations in the extractive context at the Boréalis Conference: while managing their community relations, companies must consider ‘‘the risks of making promises they cannot keep and of trying to solve the problems of people they do not understand.’’ …

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Added by Sarah Busque on April 23, 2014 at 20:10 — No Comments

Stakeholder Engagement in the mining industry: Did you know that SEIA & EIA data can be used for follow-ups?

A Social Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) follow-up is essential to determine any project’s impacts. Social baseline data gathered during SEIA preparation is not always used during or after project implementation, however, companies can exploit social baseline as a foundation of their stakeholder engagement activities.

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Added by Sarah Busque on April 11, 2014 at 19:20 — No Comments

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