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Ryerson CSR talk: Measuring mining impacts on communities: Learning from Colombia's Cerrejon Coal Mine

Ryerson University Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility

Friday, 4 April 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

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The Ryerson University Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility, with co-sponsors the Ryerson CSR Student Association, the Ryerson Commerce and Government Association, the Ryerson MBA Mining Stream, and the Ryerson Chang School Mining Management Certificate Program, is pleased to announce a talk on “Measuring mining impacts on communities: Learning from Colombia's Cerrejon Coal Mine” with Dr. Mauricio Ferro, formerly the Head of the Social Engagement Division, Corporate Social Responsibility Department, of Cerrejón LLC, Cerrejón (Colombia). The talk will take place on Friday, April 4, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm, at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, in TRS 3-099, on the ninth floor. There is no admission for this event but seating is limited. To register click here:http://ryerson-csr-institute-mining-impacts-colombia.eventbrite.ca

 The promise of corporate social responsibility, so the argument goes, is that while a firm is generating economic wealth it is also contributing to sustainable development in a firm’s area of influence, improving the standard of living of community members, decreasing poverty, with its activities aligned with international norms pertaining to respecting human rights, worker rights, and environmental protection. Between promise and performance lies the challenge. As former Head of Cerrejon’s Social Engagement Division in its CSR Department, Dr. Ferro is ideally positioned to speak directly to the challenges associated with implementing CSR, and the measurement of it. To understand CSR performance, there is a need for valid and reliable data allowing the rigorous, solid study and analysis of mining impacts on surrounding communities. Which indicators are to be collected? What do we need to look at to ensure sustainable development of the communities affected by extractive industries in the short, medium and long term?

 On Friday, April 4, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm, Dr. Ferro will discuss his experience at Cerrejon, drawing on his recently published monograph, “Standard of living and health: An Assessment of Cerrejón Area of Influence”.

About Mauricio Ferro

From 2007 through 2012, as Cerrejon’s Head of the Social Engagement Division, Corporate Social Responsibility Department, Dr. Ferro lived in Cerrejon and contributed to the restructuring of the Social Responsibility Area. He helped organize and was the first president of Tecnocerrejon, a Technical College whose mission was and is to train Cerrejon’s aboriginal and surrounding communities. He has lived and worked in Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Canada. Previously he was Chief Statistician of Colombia, Dean and Professor at University of Los Andes School of Management, and COO of a Supermarket Chain. He is a graduate of the Leopold Franzens Universitaet Innsbruck (Austria), Saint’Anselm University (Rome), and Harvard University. Currently Dr. Ferrero works as an independent consultant.

 About Cerrejon coal mine:

Cerrejón is an integrated thermal coal mining and transport complex in La Guajira, a province in the peninsula of the same name, located in the northernmost section of Colombia. It is one of the largest coal-export mining operations in the world. It includes a thermal coal open-pit mine that produces 33 million tonnes a year, a railroad that is 150 kilometres long, connecting the mine with Puerto Bolívar, a coal port, located in Bahía Portete. Cerrejón employs 10,000 people, it is independently operated by local Colombian management, but is owned in three equal parts to subsidiaries of BHP Billiton, Anglo American, and GlencoreXstrata.

 Event Details at a Glance:

Title: Measuring mining impacts on communities: Learning from Colombia's Cerrejon Coal Mine
Time: Friday, April 4, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Location: Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 55 Dundas West, Toronto, ON , Room TRS 3-099, 55 Dundas West, Toronto
Register (no admission but seating limited) at: http://ryerson-csr-institute-mining-impacts-colombia.eventbrite.ca

For further information about the Ryerson CSR Institute, go to: - http://www.ryerson.ca/csrinstitute/

Or contact Dr. Kernaghan Webb - kernaghan.webb@ryerson.ca 

Have questions about Ryerson CSR talk: Measuring mining impacts on communities: Learning from Colombia's Cerrejon Coal Mine? Contact Ryerson University Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility

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Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M5G
Canada

Friday, 4 April 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)


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