Suppressed Report Confirms International Violations by Canadian Mining Companies (MiningWatch)

Mining watch press release, with link to a leaked report indicating higher rates of violations by Canadian mining companies, than by companies headquartered elsewhere.


[From the release:]

(Ottawa) A report obtained by MiningWatch Canada reveals that Canadian mining companies are implicated in four times as many violations of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as mining companies from other countries. The report was commissioned by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) in 2009 but was never released to the public.

The report discusses 171 high-profile CSR violations by mining companies between 1999 and 2009. Sixty-three percent of these violations are linked to companies from just five countries, including Canada. Canadian mining companies are involved in more than four times as many violations as the next two highest offenders, Australia and India.

The report’s authors conclude that “…Canadian companies have been the most significant group involved in unfortunate incidents in the developing world. Canadian companies have played a much more major role than their peers from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Canadian companies are more likely to be engaged in community conflict, environmental and unethical behaviour…”

Importantly, the report also found that the large majority of the Canadian mining companies involved in such violations have CSR policies in place… View the whole release with link to the leaked report on the MiningWatch website.

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