Extractive Industry: Filling the Gaps

We talk of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility and what the things are that we should and need to be doing with respect to Community Engagement. I was recently asked to evaluation an agenda for an upcoming event focused on Sustainability in the Extractives Sector and I took the Race Car Driver approach to my mini-evaluation. What I mean by this is I looked to see what wasn’t there rather than what the content was that was already there and in a very comprehensive manner I might add, as I read through the agenda, speakers list and the descriptive content. 

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 19:00

Mining and Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous People's Rights: The Need for Open Dialogue

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in a dialogue this fall hosted by the University of Arizona, Professor James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Dr. Mary M. Poulton, Director of the Lowell Institute of Mineral Resources. There were a number of questions posted to the group of approximately 100 participants including; What are the processes and programs that can be put in place? What kind of initiatives do indigenous peoples themselves have? What is the knowledge of indigenous people's rights and experience in the industry? What is the accountability within the industry, relative to indigenous people's rights?

As I observed the interactions, listened to the presenters and participated in the discussions and break-out sessions It became clear to me that what was needed most was to broaden and increase the number of such dialogues to include more of the people from within communities and the people actively involved in the engagement process in order to improve and help develop the lives of the peoples being discussed. This may sound really elementary, but in fact, it is not what is taking place. Institutions, academia, government, and industry are represented and there are complex, intellectual conversations taking place, yet I fear the most fundamental, practical points are being missed as legal, political and rights positions are being discussed and debated in board- and meeting-rooms as well as battled out in courts, around the world.

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Driving Innovation: Creating the Mindset of Sustainability™

In many organizations Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility are issues or functions that are heard about and known generally, but dealt with by a specific department and as such are not necessarily part of the normal course of doing business.

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Organizational Change: Collaborative Sustainable Community Development Model™

Manzimvula’s® Collaborative Community Development Model™ (CSCDM) is a comprehensive, integrated and phased approach to Community Development, originally developed with a focus in the extractive industry. The organizational piece of the program is used to address organizational change at a corporate level in any industry, enabling organizations to engage their employees and their broader organizational community more effectively and at a deeper level.

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The Citizens Media®: Manifesting Hidden Economies by Connecting the Unconnected World

Manzimvula is acting as the Program Manager and collaborating with and supporting The Citizen's Media® ("CM") to make their latest project a reality starting in Africa. Although the overarching program encompasses a much broader scope, the initial network project in Zambia creates the foundation and footprint to leverage the program across a broader group of regional and ultimately global communities as technologies and functionality are integrated into a single, simple-to-use mobile based user interface. The initial goal is to connect rural Zambian farmers with each other and the rest of the connected world, enabling them to exchange information, resources and products, thus creating a bigger market for them to sell their produce and increasing their potential to generate and increase income.

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International Expansion: Are you ready to grow into new markets?

As organizations grow and its products and services gain broader acceptance, management teams start to look for and evaluate new markets both nationally and internationally. As the process begins, the focus of feasibility studies and research tends to narrow in on potential in the markets being considered. Is that the right first step? Most will answer that it is. Looking to increase your risk of success? Challenge your organization to approach your expansion strategies differently.

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FOCUS on Health Care: The Price of Preventable Re-admissions to Hospitals

Many countries are trying to seek ways to cut down on health care expenditures. With so many Baby Boomers reaching the age of 65 each day, over 13,000 a day in North America, Healthcare institutions have few choices to look at to find new and different ways to cut and contain costs.

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Creating the mindset and environment to enable change

In the work we do I often hear myself and others talking about 'changing' or 'creating' cultures. In fact, cultures take a long time to create. If you take a brief look at history, for something to be come a part of the culture or the norm within a culture it takes about four generations of people doing the same thing over and over. So why do we think it is different in Corporate Culture? In my mind, in corporate environments and organizations, creating a culture is really about mindset and consistent behaviour.

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Making the transition

In our current economic model we create profit and wealth by monetizing the exploitation of natural resources. We have all bought into it. The challenge we face is that we have operated and acted globally as if those resources are unlimited or entirely renewable. In fact these resources are scarce and quickly being depleted. Will we be able to create the environment to transition to an economy where we monetize the preservation of [scarce] natural resources?

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The Passion to Give

There are a lot of people who are passionate to give, and willing to support a multitude of causes. Yet, in today's economic environment, where resources are being restricted and budgets constrained, we need to look more and more to how we access the financial resources available in a meaningful way. And, not just meaningful, but resourceful and effective so that the employment of those resources creates results we can measure. If you want to attract funding, then look to creating a purposeful vehicle and opportunity that organizations and high net worth individuals can become passionate about. Let's talk about Collaboration, Sustainability and the Environment to be able to collaborate.

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