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Centre for Excellence in CSR

The Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility is one of the four pillars announced in the federal government's strategy for enhancing the corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices of Canadian mining companies. 

Hosted by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)—a technical society consisting of 11,000 industry, government, and academic representatives associated with the Canadian minerals and materials industry—the Centre aims to offer a forum where the extractive industry, government, and civil society can obtain timely access to high-quality CSR information and, in so doing, raise the bar for excellence in CSR-related practices.

The Centre has established a website that strives to be a hub of knowledge and virtual community of practice for CSR in the extractive sector. In addition to an introductory video outlining the Centre's mandate, the site currently contains information on:

  • CSR-related policies and regulations;
  • CSR tools and resources;
  • Country profiles; and a
  • CSR directory.

The multi-stakeholder agenda of the Centre is ensured by the composition of the Executive Committee, which includes representatives from mining companies and mining industry organizations, civil society organizations, and academics. MCC Canada was invited to join this committee in April of 2011.

The modest budget of the Centre is funded jointly by mining industry members and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), and observers from several government departments attend all committee meetings.