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EDC-PDAC Workshop: Social and Human Rights Issues in Mining Projects

Submitted by: Export Development Canada

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Rights

Posted: Mar 04, 2011 – 04:12 PM EST


OTTAWA, Mar. 04 /CSRwire/ - Export Development Canada (EDC) will host a day-long workshop on good practices for managing social and human rights issues at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC) annual conference on Sunday, March 6.

"While mining companies today are becoming more sophisticated at reducing the environmental impacts of projects, the bigger challenge is mitigating the possible social impacts of operations on the surrounding communities," said Jim McArdle, EDC Senior Vice President Legal Services and Secretary. "It is everyone's responsibility in this sector to ensure we keep up with evolving domestic and international CSR standards."

With presentations from financial institutions, International Finance Corporation (IFC), social and human rights specialists and mining companies, the interactive workshop will provide guidance on good practices for managing social and human rights issues as seen from an Equator bank’s perspective. The workshop will also provide an update on the changing landscape of international standards, notably the IFC's Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability and the Equator Principles.

The annual PDAC convention, which will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from March 6 to 9 2011, brings together the world's mining industry and offers a variety of technical sessions and short courses designed to meet the needs of Canada's mineral exploration sector.

EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,400 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis.

For more information, please contact:

Yolanda Banks Senior Advisor, Corporate Social Responsibility
Phone: 613-598-2586
Phone 2: 613-852-8241
Fax: 613-598-3098
Louise Millette Project Co-ordinator
Phone: 613-598-6887
Fax: 613-598-3098


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