Corporate Social Responsibility

Jueves, Febrero 15, 2007

Local environmental group Pro San Luis Ecológico has filed a complaint against the Mexican government under the North American Free Trade Agreement's Commission for Environmental Cooperation for violating a Mexican court ruling by authorizing —for a second time— the Cerro de San Pedro gold/silver mining project of Metallica Resources' Mexican subsidiary Minera San Xavier.

The Commission's web site states:

Martes, Febrero 13, 2007

Mike Boylan visited the community of Cerro de San Pedro, San Luis Potosí, Mexico on November 7 and 8, 2006, where the unlicensed activities of Minera San Xavier, a subsidiary of Metallica Resources, threaten to destroy the community. He witnessed and documented rapid activity of heavy machinery in preparation to begin large scale blasting and both heard and felt explosions coming from the mine site. The mine is clearly progressing with its activities while lacking legal clearance, access rights to land and environmental permits.

Viernes, Febrero 2, 2007

Many of the junior mining companies creating havoc in communities these days have no intention of developing a mine, and their investors don’t care, but these companies are raising millions in equity to keep their exploration programs going.

This is possible because of two federal programs: Canadian Exploration Expenses and the Super Flow Through Share Program.

Viernes, Febrero 2, 2007

A unique opportunity presented itself as a result of the Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Extractive Sector in Developing Countries. On November 13th, 2006, MiningWatch Canada brought together a panel in Montreal made up of community leaders from Indonesia, Guatemala, New Caledonia, and Canada who discussed their struggles against Inco (now CVRD-Inco, having been acquired by the Brazilian firm CVRD-Companhia Vale do Rio Doce).

Miércoles, Enero 17, 2007

On January 8th and 9th, 2007, hundreds of police and soldiers in Guatemala forcibly evicted the inhabitants of several communities who were living on lands that a Guatemalan military government had granted to Canadian mining company INCO in 1965. Local indigenous people claim the land to be theirs, and resent the exploitation of a foreign corporation. Canada's Skye Resources now lays claim to the land, and paid workers a nominal sum to destroy people's homes.

Lunes, Diciembre 4, 2006

(Window Rock, Navajo Nation, USA) We, the Peoples gathered at the Indigenous World Uranium Summit, at this critical time of intensifying nuclear threats to Mother Earth and all life, demand a worldwide ban on uranium mining, processing, enrichment, fuel use, and weapons testing and deployment, and nuclear waste dumping on Native Lands.

Sábado, Diciembre 2, 2006

II Social Forum Chile - Santiago de Chile, November 25, 2006

After hearing the arguments of the prosecution and the defence as well as the testimonies of civil society and traditional communities of Argentina, Chile and Perú, the judges have handed down a verdict and judicial sentence.

Martes, Noviembre 14, 2006

Whether they bother with the Cyanide Code or the UN Global Compact or the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, or contract high-priced public relations consultants, or buy support from naïve NGOs and corrupt local officials, or actively divide communities, or rely on good old-fashioned intimidation, it is clear that most mining companies – from the largest global players to the smallest exploration juniors – are willing to do whatever they can get away with to reward their shareholders with juicy returns.

Martes, Octubre 24, 2006

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is launching a five year action program in solidarity with its partners in communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America to promote sustainable human development through participatory management, democratic control, and the equitable distribution of resources.

The first two years of the campaign will focus on mining by Canadian companies in the Global South. Development and Peace campaigners will encourage people to ask the Canadian government to:

Martes, Octubre 24, 2006

The final public sessions in the Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and Canada’s Extractive Sector in Developing Countries take place on Tuesday, November 14 in Montreal. The deadline to register to make an oral presentation is October 31. If you are interested in observing the presentations, simply show up at the Doubletree Plaza Hotel, 505 Sherbrooke Street E., at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m.