COEUR: PALMAREJO, MEXICO
ver the past 5 years the Sirolli Institute has been invited to address a number of important Mining Industry conferences in Australia, the USA and Mexico. At first the invitations took us by surprise. “What do mining companies care about local economic development?” We asked ourselves. Now we know better! After consulting with BHP, Rio Tinto, Newmont, Goldcorp, Coeur D’Alene and New Gold we understand that the better mining companies have a profound understanding of the impact that they have on communities and are striving to leave a legacy, in the regions where they operate, that goes well beyond the life of the mine.
In mining circles the talk now is about a ‘social license’ to operate. A ‘license’ that is moral, not legal, and one that is achieved by companies that are so good –to the economy, the environment and to the local people - that they become a precious and welcomed partner to the long term development of the area.
The Sirolli Institute’ contribution to the mining industry is in the field of local economic development and community capacity building. Enterprise Facilitation, in particular, has been adopted by two international mining companies: New Gold in Cobar NSW Australia and COEUR in Palmarejo Mexico.
We will start posting information about our mining partners and we invite interested people from the industry to contact us and, in particular, Greg Blaylock, our mining liaison consultant who if featured in this page.