Re-Defining Environmental & Safety: A Social Innovation For Sustainability

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The mandate of ESRS includes “leading practices, a culture of responsibility, and enhanced social and environmental performance management,” and as such, we strive to provide a platform where CIM Members representing industry, academia and civil society can come together to discuss topics related to environmental and social responsibility of mining.

We are hosting a free webinar, starting with the presentation as described below and followed by a question and answer period and open dialogue on the topic. We hope you will join us, and invite others to join you!

Webinar access details and options will be provided upon registration...

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"Re-Defining Environmental & Safety, A Social Innovation For Sustainability"

The Mount Polley mine tailing dam failure that occurred in south-central British Columbia in August 2014 is the scenario that frames this research project which explores the culture of safety in mining and mineral exploration industries in British Columbia. The purpose of the project is to define the culture of safety for government, industry and Indigenous people, compare and contrast meanings; develop an understanding and awareness about how this affects the communication between government, industry and Indigenous people; analyze the role culture plays, its impacts, how this may contribute to misunderstandings; and explore the possibility of expanding the existing definition of safety to include Indigenous perspectives. This socially innovative project used two research methods: theme analysis and qualitative interviews. The results showed that culture has an impact on safety, how safety of the people and environment is perceived, and the different values and sensory worlds that support the distinct safety definition from government, industry and Indigenous people.

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Mafalda Arias, M.A.

Mafalda Arias, M.A., is the President and Founder of Mafalda Arias and Associates, an organization that coaches organizations and individuals to interact, communicate and manage differences effectively. The company’s innovative training programs help build trust, reduce misunderstandings, leverage diversity and introduce collective empowerment through culture.

Mafalda worked for over 15 years in various capacities in private and public companies in the mineral exploration and mining industries in Canada and South America. She has a Master's Degree in Intercultural Relations, a bachelor degree in Business Administration, a post-graduate certificate in International Commerce. Mafalda is certified in various intercultural assessment tools. Her mother tongue is Spanish and she is proficient in conversational French.

When she is not working, Mafalda can be found serving on the Integrated Social Responsibility committee of the Association of Mineral Exploration, and the Diversity Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Mining.

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