CBSR Blog: Toward a Framework for Resource Extraction Industries

CBSR Blog: Toward a Framework for Resource Extraction Industries

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 1:00pm

CBSR Blog: Toward a Framework for Resource Extraction Industries

By: Maria José Ramos

On March 29th and 30th I had the honor of attending the ISID’s Resource extraction conference in Montreal. Being a former McGill International Development Studies (IDS) student and a current professional working closely with the extractives sector at CBSR, the conversation was very close to my heart. The conference managed to bring together top-level speakers from all sectors (government, private sector, NGOs, communities, civil society, the international community and the finance sector) to talk about mineral extraction, and both the challenges and opportunities of public-private partnerships for sustainable development.

The array of speakers and their different positions and perspectives made it an enriching conversation that was able to steer away from the one-sided discourses, to get into more of the “grey zones” of this discussion and the potential solutions to addressing these.

The conference aimed to address the following 3 questions:

  1. What are the key challenges in trying to establish partnerships between extractive firms and other organizations to promote Sustainable Development in the communities they operate in?
  2. Are there any effective partnership practices / models that can be identified?
  3. How can government policies and activities help facilitate these public-private sector partnerships?



About the Author
Maria José Ramos - CSR Advisor, CBSR
Based in Montreal, Maria is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) advisor, working with CBSR's members in Montreal and with the extractives industries in Toronto.

Maria has lived and worked in Colombia, France, Canada and Brazil, in both the non-for-profit and corporate sectors. Maria has a wealth of experience in international development, communication, human rights, stakeholder engagement and multi-sector partnerships in community development. Prior to joining CBSR, Maria was a consultant at Rio Tinto Alcan where she co-founded and launched the sustainability champions team as a platform for employees to become agents of change in the Rio Tinto Montreal office. Her initiative and engagement has also led her to co-found other sustainability ventures around social entrepreneurship.

Maria speaks English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and holds a Bachelors of Arts from McGill University in International Development Studies and Psychology. She has also completed an online course offered by The Natural Step on community sustainability planning and a facilitation training course by Facilitation First.


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