This week Rowland has been participating in the Ozmine 2012 Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The conference brings together mining industry players from Australia and around the ASEAN region over two days to discuss issues around sustainable and responsible mining.
A key focus has been on the role and importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Indonesia’s growing resources sector.
While speakers acknowledged CSR is complex and often not well understood in Indonesia, all agreed that truly understanding stakeholders and their concerns and putting them at the centre of each stage of a mining project is crucial to long term sustainability and success. As one industry speaker commented – “Loss of social licence equates to business risk – we are nothing without that social licence”.
Conference participants also heard from several Australian and Indonesian mining companies who are leading the way in CSR practices in Indonesia. They acknowledged that CSR is not just philanthropy but rather is a core part of the business strategy of the project right from the initial feasibility stage. Speakers also highlighted the need for mining companies to bring in the right expertise to assist with the strategic planning and implementation of CSR programs.
In his keynote address, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty said Australia’s Mining Equipment Technology & Services (METS) companies lead the world on sustainable and responsible mining practices and have a lot more they can share and contribute to Indonesia.