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Professor Ben Bradshaw (University of Guelph) speaks to "Indigenous Consent in the Canadian Mining Context" on December 11, 2015  

Theresa Hollett (Nunatsiavut Government) speaks to "Indigenous Consent in the Canadian Mining Context" on December 11, 2015 
 

Tomas Frederiksen (University of Manchester) gives a presentation at Ryerson on mining and CSR in Africa, October 22, 2014.

John Kielty speaks on "Managing Community and Environmental Impacts During the Mining Construction Phase," October 20, 2014.

Jeff Geipel (Engineers without Borders) and Kevin D’Souza (Centerra Gold) speak on "Procurement as a Means for Mining Firms to Secure Their Social License to Operate," on October 9, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian

Bernd Christmas discusses the recent Tsilhqot'in and Keewatin decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, and their implications for Aboriginals and sustainable economic development in Canada, on September 22, 2014.  

Witold Henisz discusses Corporate Diplomacy: Building the External Stakeholder-Reputation Relationship, on September 8, 2014.

Dante Pesce discusses "Latin America, CSR & Standards: A Chilean Perspective" on May 27, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Ryerson hosts conference "Where to from here: A Canadian Strategy for Implementing the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights?" on May 8th, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.  

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart speaks on "Corrupt and autocratic countries: to engage or to withdraw and isolate?" Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Penelope Simons (University of Ottawa) speaks on "The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights and the Home State Advantage" with co-speaker Audrey Macklin. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.  

Audrey Macklin (University of Toronto) speaks on "The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights and the Home State Advantage" with co-speaker Penelope Simons. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Claire Woodside, Director of Publish What You Pay-Canada, speaks on “Resource Revenue Transparency:  The Emerging Canadian Approach”  with co-speaker Ross Gallinger. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Ross Gallinger, Executive Director of Prospectors and Developers Association Canada (PDAC), speaks on “Resource Revenue Transparency:  The Emerging Canadian Approach” with co-speaker Claire Woodside. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.  

Janet Fishlock from rePlan speaks to Mining-Indigenous experiences in Canada, Africa and Central America, on March 24, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Simon Chorley speaks at the UNICEF & Extractive Sector and CSR talk, on March 17, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Chris Ford speaks on "What Contributes to Corporate Responsibility Success in the Resource Development Sector?" January 20, 2014. Photo by Sasan Ghanadian.

Robert Merwin speaks at the "Ontario’s new Mining Act regime-the Ontario-Aboriginal Interface" event, January 10, 2014. Photo by Zaker Khan.

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Upcoming Ryerson CSR Institute Events  

The Ryerson University Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility is pleased to provide a number of CSR-related speaking/learning events (below). These events are variously co-sponsored or otherwise involve a number of other fine organizations and entities, as is noted below. More are planned. To receive email updates, send an email with “subscribe” in the subject heading to:  kernaghan.webb@ryerson.ca 

Social Licence to Operate: Revisiting the Concept

Date: June 28, 2016 at 12 noon

Jim Cooney Part One

Jim Cooney Part Two

Jim Cooney's powerpoint presentation

Jonathan Fung's CSA presentation

Thank you to Andrei Iovu for recording this event

 

Ryerson University’s Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility is pleased to present “Social Licence to Operate:  Revisiting the Concept” with guest speaker Jim Cooney, the former mining executive who was the first to use the phrase in a mining context, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 12 noon to 2 pm, at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas West, Toronto, in room TRS 3-109 (ninth floor).This event is co-sponsored by the CSA Group, Ryerson CSR Student Association, the Ryerson Commerce and Government Association, and the Ryerson Law and Business Student Association.

Although there is no cost for attending the talk, seating is limited, and you must register to attend. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-licence-to-operate-revisiting-the-concept-tickets-25677835096

About the Event:


The first application of the phrase "social licence to operate'" (SLO) in a resource extraction context was reported to have been by then mining executive Jim Cooney in 1997, as a way of describing the fact that, in addition to mining companies operating in developing countries needing to secure legal and regulatory approvals, the companies also were finding it necessary to win the support of locally affected interests.  Since then, the SLO phrase has taken on a life of its own, being referred to in the popular press, drawn on by opponents of projects who feel that regulatory approvals are not sufficient, employed by resource companies to indicate they have engaged meaningfully with communities, and discussed by commentators who among other things have claimed that careless use of the SLO phrase can serve to undermine the rule of law and can be a basis for rent seeking behaviour by certain interests.  Given the contested nature of SLO and its close affiliation with the equally contested concept of corporate social responsibility a discussion of SLO's origins, evolution, and current issues associated with its usage, make it an excellent topic for a Ryerson CSR Institute talk. 

About the Speaker:

Jim Cooney is Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and Professor of Practice in Global Governance at McGill University. He retired as Vice President, International Government Affairs for Placer Dome Inc. on May 1, 2006, following that Company's acquisition by Barrick Gold. He held positions at Placer Dome from 1982 to 2006 in the areas of social and political risk management, government relations, sustainable development and strategic planning. With Placer Dome he was involved in exploration and mining projects in many countries in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Central Asia. He has lived and worked for extended periods in North Africa and South and East Asia. He is a past Director of the North South Institute, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Pacific Basin Economic Council. 

He holds a BA in philosophy and political science from Georgetown University, an MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto, and an M.T.S. from the Vancouver School of Theology, for which he wrote a thesis on Christian Ethics and Corporations. 

Although there is no cost for attending the talk, seating is limited, and you must register to attend. Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-licence-to-operate-revisiting-the-concept-tickets-25677835096

Event details:

Date: June 28, 2016

Time: 12 noon - 2 pm

Location: Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas West, Toronto, in room TRS 3-109 (ninth floor). 

Although there is no cost for attending the talk, seating is limited, and you must register to attend. Register here: http://ryerson-csr-institute-social-licence.eventbrite.com

 

ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard:  Where to from here?

Date: June 9, 2016 at 12:00 noon

Overview of the June 9 talk (52 seconds: visual only)

 ISO 26000 introduction and roadmap slides

Dr. Kernaghan Webb (Ryerson CSR Institute/Law Department)-- Introduction of Talk, and discussion of ISO 26000 - Origins and Development (~30 minutes)

Webb-ISO26000a:  Origins and development

David Simpson (InterPraxis)- ISO 26000 Structure and Application (~30 minutes)

Simpson-ISO 26000:  structure and application

Dr. Ana Maria Tomlinson -- ISO 26000- Next Steps in Canada (~12 minutes)

Tomlinson-ISO 26000 CSA-adoption as national standard, next steps

Robert White: industry perspective -- (~11 minutes)

Question for Robert: Electrical Assn of Canada uses ISO 26000: who are members of EAC? (~1 minute) 

Dr. Jonathan Fowler: mining industry perspective -- (~7 minutes)

Fowler-ISO 26000 industry perspective

Howard Deane: consumer perspective -- (~10 minutes)

 Questions from the floor (~30 minutes)

Thank you to Andrei Iovu for recording this event.

 

Ryerson University’s Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility and CSA Group are pleased to present “ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard: Where to From Here?” on Thursday, June 9th, 2016, from 12 noon to 2 pm, at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas West, Toronto, in room TRS 3-099 (ninth floor).  This event is co-sponsored by the Ryerson CSR Student Association, the Ryerson Commerce and Government Association, and the Ryerson Law and Business Student Association

Although there is no cost for attending the talk, seating is limited, and you must register to attend. Register here: http://ryerson-csr-institute-csa-ISO26000.eventbrite.com

About the Event:

The ISO 26000 International Standard -- Guidance on Social Responsibility was developed by a global working group with 450 participating experts and 210 observers from 99 ISO member countries and 42 organizations in liaison.  ISO 26000 was developed under the auspices of the Technical Management Board (TMB) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Described as a meta-organization, ISO is a non-state standards body, a federation of some 160 national standards bodies.  

Although ISO is a private body, remarkably, the development of ISO 26000 attracted the participation of peak inter-governmental bodies such as the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development( UNCTAD), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the UN International Labour Organization (ILO).  All of the G7 governments participated in the development of ISO 26000, as did many other governments from developed and developing countries.  

Peak industry bodies and individual companies participated, such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Organization of Employers (IOE), the International Council on Mines and Metals (ICMM), and IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association devoted to environmental and social issues.  Rivalrous standards bodies also participated (e.g., ISEAL/SA 8000, AA 1000 and Global Reporting Initiative), as did peak global labour organizations, consumer organizations, standards representatives, and others.

The resultant International Standard therefore represents an important statement of the global community concerning what is expected of organizations on social and environmental issues, no matter where they operate. ISO 26000 provides practical guidance on the principles of social responsibility, explains the core subjects of social responsibility, and offers approaches for implementing socially responsible behavior into everyday operations.

While the standard ISO 26000-Guidance on Social Responsibility was agreed to and published internationally in 2010, it has only recently been adopted as a National Standard of Canada as CAN/CSA ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility.  The purpose of this seminar is to explore the standard’s development at the international level (and international variations), its position in the emerging global standards infrastructure, its structure and content, its current applications by organizations around the world, stakeholder perspectives, and possible next steps for Canada.  

Speakers:

Dr. Kernaghan Webb, Associate Professor, Ryerson University

David Simpson, Director, InterPraxis, and Chair of CSA Technical Committee on Social Responsibility

Dr. Jonathan Fowler, CEO, J.A. Fowler and Associates Inc.

Robert White, President, BRI International

Howard Deane, Member of the Board of Directors, Consumers Council of Canada

Dr. Ana-Maria Tomlinson, Project Manager, CSA Group

Event details:

Date: June 9, 2016

Time: 12 noon - 2 pm

Location: Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas West, Toronto, in room TRS 3-099 (ninth floor). 

Although there is no cost for attending the talk, seating is limited, and you must register to attend. Register here: http://ryerson-csr-institute-csa-ISO26000.eventbrite.com

 

The "Legalization" of Corporate Social Responsibility: The Hong Kong ESG (Envtal, Social, Governance) Reporting Experience

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To access a youtube recording of the talk, please click here

The Ryerson CSR Institute would like to express its appreciation to Paulo Magalhães for recording and production of this event.

Date: May 6, 2016 at 12 noon

Ryerson University’s Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility, with co-sponsors the Ryerson CSR Student Association, the Ryerson Commerce and Government Association, and the Ryerson Law and Business Student Association, are pleased to present a talk on "The 'Legalization' of Corporate Social Responsibility: The Hong Kong ESG (Envtal, Social, Governance) Reporting Experience", on Friday, May 6, 2016, from 12 noon to 2 pm, with Dr. Haitian Lu, at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas West, Toronto, in room TRS 3-099 (ninth floor).  

Although there is no cost for attending the talk, seating is limited, and you must register to attend. Register here: www.ryerson-csr-institute-esg-reporting-hong-kong.eventbrite.com

About the Talk:

The concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has attracted considerable publicity and controversy in recent years. Earlier work has tended to focus on its voluntary dimensions, whereby companies decide voluntarily to contribute to a better society and cleaner environment. In the past decade, it has become increasingly common for countries to mandate aspects of CSR. Reflected in public companies, a prominent trend is the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting required by stock exchanges around the world. These reporting duties, addressing issues such as energy consumption, green gas emissions, work-place diversity, and supply chain management, have essentially elevated many aspects of CSR from voluntary to mandatory. What drives this wave of CSR regulation? How are these policies formulated and implemented? Are they concrete and operational? What are the responses from corporations and their stakeholders? This talk sheds light on these questions, using the Hong Kong experience of ESG reporting as a focal point for study. Key insights are drawn from an integrated analysis of Hong Kong’s ESG reporting policy making process from 2011 to 2015 (including 2 rounds of public consultations and submissions on the ESG approach), and an event study on the stock price reaction to policy shocks for previous adopters and non-adopters of voluntary ESG reporting. The Hong Kong experience provides useful guidance for other exchanges contemplating similar CSR regulations but perhaps having competitiveness concerns. The talk will also note that CSR regulation in Hong Kong can also have impacts on the CSR enhancement of companies in its neighbor global power house, China. 

The research underlying this talk is the result of a joint Ryerson Ted Rogers School of Management/Hong Kong Polytechnic University Faculty of Business initiative to encourage cross-jurisdictional/cross-university research. 

About Dr. Haitian Lu:

Dr. Haitian Lu is the Associate Head and Associate Professor in law at the School of Accounting and Finance, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently a visiting research professor at the New York University Stern School of Business. Dr. Lu’s teaching and research interest centers on the legal development, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibilities in Hong Kong and mainland China. He is also the deputy director of the Center for Economic Sustainability and Entrepreneurial Finance (CESEF) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is the author / co-author of the books Secured Finance Law in China and Hong Kong (2010 Cambridge University Press),Truths and Half Truths: China’s Socio-Economic Reforms 1978-2010 (2011 Chandos Publishing), and The Role of China in Global Dirty Industry Migration (2008 Chandos Publishing). Dr. Lu published widely in law, finance, economics and management journals. He is a judge panel member for Hong Kong’s Best Corporate Governance Disclosure Award (2012-present).

Event details:

Date: May 6, 2016

Time: 12 noon - 2 pm

Location: Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas West, Toronto, in room TRS 3-099 (ninth floor).

Although there is no cost for attending the talk, seating is limited, and you must register to attend. Register here: www.ryerson-csr-institute-esg-reporting-hong-kong.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

 

Date: June 9, 2016 at 12 noon
Date: June 9, 2016 at 12 noon
Date: June 9, 2016 at 12 noon
Date: June 9, 2016 at 12 noon
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Ryerson CSR Institute Events

2016

June 28:  Social Licence to Operate: Revisiting the Concept

June 9:  ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard:  Where to from here?

May 6: The 'Legalization' of Corporate Social Responsibility: The Hong Kong ESG (Envtal, Social, Governance) Reporting Experience

April 15: Latin American Mining-Community Agreements: Case Study

March 18: Legislating CSR? Learning from India

2015

Dec 11: Indigenous Consent in the Canadian Mining Context: Learning from the Voisey's Bay Institute

Nov 12: Retail Pharmacies as Social Enterprise Health Care Providers: Lessons from USA?

Oct 26: CSR Institute Talk: Canadian Universal Investors: A Force for Socially Responsible Investing?

Oct 8: CSR Institute Talk: What does Drake have to do with CSR?

Sep 30: Forestry sustainability and APP take centre stage at Ryerson CSR Institute

Sept 18: CSR Institute Panel Discussion: From CSR Pariah to Good Performer? The Asia Pulp & Paper Turnaround Story

June 7 - 11: International Symposium on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable
Development

March 2: Panel discussion on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Jan 29: CSR, Corp Lobbying & Transparency: Panel Discussion, moderated by Jeff Gray  

Jan 19:
Unpacking the Peru-BHP Billiton Tintaya Dialogue Table, with Paul Warner

 

2014

Nov 20: CSR in the Mining Boardroom: A Panel Discussion with CEOs/Board Members

Nov 14: Understanding Community Investment:  A Panel Discussion with Five Private Sector Leaders

Oct 22: Mining & CSR in Africa: from Pressure to Impacts, with Tomas Frederiksen

Oct 20: Managing Community and Environmental Impacts During the Mining Construction Phase, with John Kielty

Oct 9: Procurement as a Means for Mining Firms to Secure their Social License to Operate, with Jeff Geipel and Kevin D'Souza

Sept 22:
Aboriginals, Recent Supreme Court Decisions & Sustainable Economic Development, with Bernd Christmas

Sept 8:Corporate Diplomacy: Building the External Stakeholder-Reputation Relationship, with Witold Henisz

June 27: workshop on new development NGO-business platform

May 27: "Latin America, CSR & Standards: A Chilean Perspective" with Dante Pesce

May 8: Where to from Here: A Canadian Strategy for the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights? Visit the conference web page for details.

April 30: Corrupt and autocratic countries: to engage or to withdraw and isolate? A corporate view, with Sir Mark Moody-Stuart

April 14: The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights and the Home State Advantage

April 7: Resource Revenue Transparency:  The Emerging Canadian Approach

April 4: Measuring mining impacts on communities: Learning from Colombia's Cerrejon Coal Mine

March 24: rePlan’s Mining-Indigenous experiences in Canada, Africa and Central America

March 17: UNICEF Canada, CSR, & the Canadian Extractive Industry

March 3: "Senate Reform 2014:  What can we Learn from the Constitutional Repatriation Activity of 1982?"

Feb 13: "Addressing Homelessness:  Exploring Government, Private Sector and Civil Society Roles"

Jan 20:"Confessions of a Corporate Responsibility mining executive:  What Contributes to CR Success in the Mining Sector?"

Jan 16-17: Conference: Business, Human Rights and Law in Transnational Context

Jan 10: "Ontario’s new Mining Act regime: the Ontario-Aboriginal Interface"