OTTAWA — The Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was officially launched at a press conference in Ottawa on Jan. 13. Part of the Canadian government's action plan on CSR, "Building the Canadian Advantage," announced last March, this initially web-based resource will provide access to relevant CSR-related information, tools and networks worldwide.
The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is spearheading the development of the centre, with the support of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. A multi-stakeholder interim executive committee has been established, ensuring that a broad spectrum of perspectives are included and pave the way for the centre's development. Although located within the CIM website, the centre is "owned" by all stakeholders.
Over time, the expectation is that the centre will enable greater understanding of effective partnering, relationships and tools available for the extractive industry and various stakeholders alike, beyond what can be achieved without collaboration.
The Centre for Excellence in CSR can be accessed at www.CIM.org/csr.