RMD's Experience by Sector & Activity

RMD is composed of specialists in Corporate Social Responsibility, Risk Assessment, Socio-Political Assessment, Community Engagement, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples Rights, Mediation and Facilitation with experience in various regions. We collaborate with governments, private sector, indigenous peoples groups, academia, and civil society.

Senior Level Strategic Advice, Planning and Facilitation

Heenan Blaikie, (Canada):
Tony Andrews was retained by this leading Canadian law firm in 2012 to develop a business plan for the provision of legal and technical advice and services related to CSR and responsible mineral development, for companies and government agencies. Tony continues in his role as a CSR subject matter expert to Heenan Blaikie partners and clients.

SNC Lavalin, Mining and Metallurgy Division:
Tony Andrews acts as a senior strategic advisor to the Mining and Metallurgy Division of SNC Lavalin, in the areas of sustainable development and CSR, related to EPCM and sustaining capital projects.

Socio-environmental Review and Risk Assessment

Macquarie Bank Ltd, Guatemala
A series of environmental and social reviews and risk assessments of a project in Central America. This continuing work is based on a review of publicly available information and interviews conducted with local stakeholders during site visits to the project.

Company CSR Assessment

Coeur d?Alene ? Palmarejo Project (Mexico)
In association with Agile Management Consultants, RMD Conducted a CSR assessment of the company?s social performance at their Palmarejo project in Chihuahua, Mexico. Fieldwork and desktop analysis carried out during the assessment contributed to community profiles, an evaluation of community engagement practices, stakeholder mapping, development of a stakeholder engagement plan and a community engagement, management and monitoring plan.

Research and Analysis of Aboriginal-Owned Lands in Canada for Mineral Exploration and Mining

Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA), Nunavut, Canada
RMD Conducted a study for the KIA on the procedures established by Aboriginal organizations across Canada for acquiring surface rights and mineral rights by exploration and mining company proponents. The study was entitled Acquiring Rights on Aboriginal-Owned Lands in Canada for Mineral Exploration and Mining: Case Studies in Four Selected Areas

Contribution to Multilateral Organizations? Initiatives

Latin American Dialogue Group (GDL) (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru)
The Mining and Sustainable Development Dialogue Group is a coalition of NGOs from Latin American countries including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru. The aim of the GDL is to create a space for multi-stakeholder dialogues and to promote opportunities of mutual understanding with regards to mining, environmental stewardship and sustainable development. The group brings together key leaders from national and regional NGOs, local communities, mining industry representatives, consulting firms, municipalities, regional and national governments, and autonomous institutions.

RMD has an ongoing participation at the GDL?s meetings and training sessions and events. RMD?s contribution to the GDL includes the development of a training program on the mining industry?s approach on conflict prevention. The training session was held at CSR Mining 2012 in Argentina aimed to learn best practices for conflict prevention in the mineral exploration and mining sector. RMD was also invited to speak at a GDL?s regional event in Quito-Ecuador called ?Mining, Democracy and Sustainable Development? to talk about the mining industry?s best practice guidelines and standards. RMD supported the GDL to organize and facilitate a dialogue forum with the mining industry at the PDAC?s 2013 convention in Toronto, Canada. The result of the meetings, training sessions, and presentations has been contributing to Latin American NGOs and institutions engaged in dialogue processes to find common goals by getting a deeper understanding of underlying issues from the mining industry.

Compliance with IFC?s Standards

Public Consultation Process ? Free Prior and Informed Consent
Carbones del Cerrejon ? BHP Billiton, Xtrata, Anglo American (Colombia)
Cerrejon is a joint venture project of BHP Billiton, Xtrata and Anglo American involving one of the largest open pit coal mines in South America. They had embarked on a large expansion project that could potentially impact local communities.

RMD worked in partnership with On Common Ground Consultants to oversee and supervise Cerrejon?s expansion project consultation process. The objective was to ensure fulfillment with corporate commitments and the IFC Standards on Stakeholder Consultation and involved consultations with community leaders and individual families who would be impacted by the expansion. The project involved meetings with senior staff at the mine site and consulting with local stakeholders, including communities, NGOs and local authorities. Assessment reports were directed to the project partners.

Community Engagement – Stakeholders Perception Analysis
Andean Resources (Argentina)
In association with Avanzar Consultants, RMD conducted an assessment of stakeholder perceptions of this exploration project owned by junior company Andean Resources and located in the province of Santa Cruz. The project consisted of meetings with senior company management, followed by consultations with local and regional communities, local municipal leaders, Church representatives, local and regional NGOs. Recommendations to continually improve an otherwise high quality CSR program were identified and reported to the company together with an assessment to help the company?s site into compliance with the IFC Social Performance Standards

Community Engagement
CGN Fenix Project – Skye Resources (Guatemala)
Located in the province of Izabal, Guatemala, the CGN?s Fenix Project was owned by the Canadian exploration company Skye Resources, its Board requested to perform a public consultation process to comply with international best practice standards and improve their engagement process with local stakeholders. In association with Monkey Forest Consultants, B. Elizalde conducted a public consultation process and assessed the company?s environmental and social practices to develop a community engagement plan. Elizalde assisted, analyzed and advised on potential points of engagement between the company and local groups and international and national NGOs on how best to craft constructive engagement strategies. A report was submitted to the company?s CEO and upper management providing recommendations on short term and long-term suggestions to manage risks and improve the company?s CSR practices.

Community Development and Community Engagement
Cementos Progreso ? Holcim (Guatemala)
Cementos Progreso is a Guatemalan cement company that counts with a minority stake from Holcim (20%). In association with Avanzar consulting, RMD?s principal helped bring the company?s site into understanding the requirements to comply with the IFC Social Performance Standards. As part of the project, B. Elizalde and C. Sabater from Avanzar analyzed the relevance and identified the impact of company?s resources, capacity and governance on the execution of existing policies and controls and their effectiveness in guiding community development and community relations programs and activities, using indicators and established audit protocols. A series of consultations with local communities, local authorities, and NGOs took place to understand the company?s local stakeholders? expectations and perceptions. The project involved the development and delivery of workshops on developing community relations and sustainable development strategic plans.

Local Stakeholders Capacity Building

World Vision Canada ? Barrick Gold (Peru)
?Building Collaboration for Sustainable Economic Growth in Peru? is a partnership among World Vision, Barrick Gold and CIDA, involving local municipalities and communities in proximity to Barrick Gold?s Lagunas del Norte Project in Peru. The project was designed to build capacity with local municipalities and communities to manage revenues flowing in from Barrick?s project including micro-credit management.

RMD worked with World Vision to assist in the development and coordination of local partners including municipalities, consultants, micro-credit organizations and local academic institutions.

Community-based Environmental Monitoring Committee

Contributing to prevent and manage social and environmental risks by empowering local communities
Marlin Mine – Goldcorp (Guatemala)
The case involved conflict and lack of trust among local community members in the vicinity of Goldcorp?s Marlin Mine located in Guatemala. The issue focused on a concern by community members of the possibility of contamination of their local water supply from the mining operations, a concern heightened by activities and communications of local and international, anti-mining NGOs.

In association with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and later on with Avanzar consultants, RMD?s principal facilitated, implemented and managed a community engagement process through the creation of a community based environmental monitoring committee (referred to as AMAC in Spanish ? Asociaci?n de Monitoreo Ambiental Comunitario). The project contributed to Facilitate positive communications with local community members, as well as local and national media. Community consultations were key to the project success, as well as the design and facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes to create strategic partnerships.

AMAC received an award from OLAMI (The Latin American Mining Organization), and has been presented in various workshops and seminars in Latin America as a model in designing measurable community development interventions and building better relationships with extractive companies.

To ensure long-term sustainability, the project was handed to local professionals from the Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala. The project is an ongoing process that continues to prove its successful initiative to empower local communities to monitor the company?s environmental practices.

Facilitating and Managing Partnerships

Comm-Dev – International Finance Corporation (Guatemala)
The project involved the management of IFC funds to direct the formation of AMAC, a community-based environmental monitoring committee and to train the members, a diverse and respected group of community leaders, to conduct environmental testing and monitoring of the waterways surrounding the mine (see above). The project was successful in empowering the community and alleviating their concerns about the water quality in the vicinity of the mine. For further information please visit http://commdev.org/extractives/case-studies

Community Relations Review

Yanacocha Project – Newmont (Peru)
Newmont Mining had been receiving strong criticisms for the seeming problems it had had with surrounding communities at a number of its sites around the world.? The CEO of the company agreed to hire a credible, external party to oversee a world-wide review of the company?s community relations efforts and also agreed that this work would be overseen by a high profile external Advisory Committee made up of human rights specialists, NGOs and ethical investor groups. Based on my experience in Latin America and in association with Avanzar Consultants RMD?s principal participated in the community relations review of Newmont?s Yanacocha Project in Peru. The project involved measuring key areas of community relations performance across a number of indicators and the robustness of the company?s existing management system for ensuring the desired performance in the community relations area.? The Community Relations Review (CRR) and supporting documents are publicly available at www.Newmont.com

Ecosystem Restoration

A project involving ecosystem restoration and native plant re-establishment for Corriente Resources, at the site of their mining development property in Ecuador. The project involved planning, and developing a conservation area for endemic species, particularly bromeliads and orchids. The company?s staff and local people were trained on responsible attitudes towards the environment. The conservation area became a biological in-situ experimental garden open to the public for environmental education purposes.

Ryerson University (Current)

T. Andrews was a member of the Deans Advisory Committee of the Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management (2007-2012), working on the development of a school of mining management. He is currently the Academic Coordinator for the graduate level Certificate in Mining Management Program at the Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University

B. Elizalde contributed to the development and delivery of a course on CSR, Sustainability and Mining, as part of the graduate level Certificate in Mining Management Program at the Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University (current).

University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law (Current)

T. Andrews lectures on CSR and mining at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, as part of third year undergraduate course on mining law.

CSR Event Series, PDAC Annual International Convention (2009)

T. Andrews and B. Elizalde conceived, designed and implemented the CSR Event Series, a program of CSR special topics spanning all four days of the convention and delivered by government agencies, international institutions, consultancies, civil society organizations, academia and industry. The CSR Event Series continue as a successful program at the annual PDAC convention to this day.

CSR Mining Annual Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012)

RMD was invited by the conference organizing body Fundaci?n Cordon del Plata to deliver a 2-day course on conflict assessment and management for the mining industry, attended by representatives of industry, civil society, government and academia.

Mining and CSR, San Pedro Sula, Honduras (2012)

RMD was invited to participate in the delivery of a 2-day workshop on Mining and CSR, to Honduran government, industry and civil society, organized by Canadian Embassy and the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Honduras.

Short Courses on Exploration, Mining and CSR and the PDAC Convention?(2009, 2010, 2011)?

B. Elizalde developed and delivered 2-day short courses on CSR, based on PDAC?s e3 Plus Guidance system, and delivered to industry, government, civil society and academic participants during the PDAC Annual International Convention in Toronto

Corporate Training Sessions and Workshops on CSR, Community Engagement, Stakeholder Mapping and Analysis and Risk Analysis

Coeur d?Alene Resources, Mexico (2013)
Cementos Progreso, Guatemala (2008)
Cerrej?n, Colombia (2008)
Skye Resources, Guatemala (2007)
Andean Resources (2006)

Local Community Training

Asociaci?n de Monitoreo Ambiental Comunitario (AMAC), Guatemala (2005-2008)
Developed and implemented a training program for a committee local community members (Asociaci?n de Monitoreo Ambiental Comunitario),for the testing and monitoring of water quality in the vicinity of a mining operation.
Maquipucuna Foundation, Ecuador (2001-2002)
Local community members were trained on biological conservation initiatives to protect endemic orchid species

Our involvement with multi-jurisdictional mining initiatives
  • World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
  • Inter-Governmental Forum on Mining, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF)
  • African Mining Partnership
  • Mineral Policy Research Institute (MPRI)