Corporate Social Responsibility in the Latin American Extractive Industry : Challenges and Best Practices

The way in which the extractive industry (mining) in Latin America is managed at a time of high commodity prices and political polarization will have a profound impact on the future of the region in terms of development opportunities seized or missed. This project will examine ways in which corporate social responsibility programs and strategies can contribute to sustainable development in mining with emphasis on Canadian mining companies operating in the region. In a series of case studies, researchers will explore the challenges and opportunities for corporate best practices and the ways in which these can both prevent and mitigate social, environmental and governance damage from mining activity, as well as make a positive contribution to sustainable development. They will identify the relevant actors, map out the dynamics that enable or disable achievement of best practices, and make appropriate recommendations.

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Start Date

Saturday, November 1, 2008

End Date

Saturday, December 31, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Marchetti, Loredana

Total funding

CA$ 94,090


North and Central America, South America


Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Julia Sagebien


Royal Roads University Society

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