People, participation and partnership

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 93, No. 1037, 2000

J.P. Cooney, Sustainable Development, Placer Dome Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia

Placer Dome is learning from experience in Latin America, Asia and Africa, as well as in North America, that contributing effectively to sustainable human progress in the areas of its operations presents unending challenges to think creatively, communicate effectively and remain culturally sensitive. People must be better off in terms of their economic circumstances, their social conditions and the quality of their natural environment not only during the life of the mines, but after mines close. Stakeholders, all those who are directly or indirectly affected by a mining project, should be able to participate in decisions which affect them. The development of sustainability strategies, the monitoring of sustainability performance and the implementation of sustainability programs are best done in partnerships with governments, communities, non-governmental organizations and multilateral development institutions. Ultimately, the success, if not the survival of mining, will depend on our ability to get the sustainability equation correct.
Keywords: Community relations, Public affairs, Sustained development, Environmental and Social Performance Indicators (ESPI), Mining and Environmental Research Network (MERN) Placer Dome Centre for Industrial Health.