Innovative CSR Concepts Break Down Economic Obstacles

‘Failure to launch’ can occur when socioeconomic development efforts overlook classic local-market weaknesses—lack of knowledge, skills and finance. Anglo American and a creative NGO follow a holistic approach designed to avoid common pitfalls.

By Russell A. Carter, Managing Editor

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Rakai Resources: Africa’s Golden CSR Moment Shines in Uganda

Artisanal mining is a common source of income in Uganda, where Rakai Resources helps provide training in other professions.At around 3 a.m. on a frostbitten Vancouver night in early 2013, the phone jolted Stephen Burega, CEO of Rakai Resources Ltd., awake: two men with forged company documents were caught by locals trying to poach minerals from near the junior’s exploration-stage gold asset in a hardscrabble northern Uganda, 8,700 miles away.

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A Clearing in Canada: Ottawa’s New Standards for Sustainability

Human rights monitors and former employees claim workers have endured forced labor at an Eritrean copper project part-owned by Vancouver’s Nevsun Resources Ltd. The Canadian government updated its official CSR standards in Q4 2014.By Joseph Kirschke, News Editor-Mining

For Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources Ltd., the timing could hardly have been worse: Just as Canada issued its latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards for extractive companies in November, the Eritrea-focused miner was sued over “forced” labor allegations at its copper-gold project 90 miles east of Asmara, the capital.

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Beijing Sets a New Sustainability Bar for Chinese Miners

By Joseph Kirschke, News Editor-Mining

In central Burma, where minerals, community upheaval and foreign investment have collided since political reforms four years ago, the Letpadaung copper mine epitomizes anti-Chinese feelings. A 2012 crackdown over the project, owned by a Beijing arms manufacturer, culminated in phosphorous use and a rare official apology; neither helped opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi—after arriving to defuse tensions, she fled for her life.

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