Category: Certification and Transparency

Posted in Certification and Transparency Corporations Mapping Tools

Third-party ESG Rating Agencies on Extractive Companies

By: Qiu Quan Kua
qiu.kua@graduateinstitute.ch
Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria are widely used by investors (investment funds, pension funds, institutional investors etc.) to gauge the operations of their investee companies, and by companies to gauge their own performance.… Read More

Posted in Certification and Transparency Conflict Mining

‘Conflict-free’ Minerals Initiatives – Goals Achieved?

 

In response to the increasing awareness about the link between mineral extraction and the financing of armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), various initiatives aimed at ‘cleaning-up’ the region’s mineral trade have been launched over the past decade.… Read More

Posted in Certification and Transparency Mining Multi-stakeholder Dialogue State

Assessing responsible mining practices

For centuries, mining has been an important economic activity to many people in the world. And its impacts, economic, environmental or social may leave an irreversible mark on the landscape and on the lives of the people affected by it.… Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Certification and Transparency Civil Society Corporations Impact Mitigation Indigenous People Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Stakeholder State

CSR in the Solomon Islands

History of CSR:

A quick search reveals there is little to no CSR currently active in the Solomon Islands. Some activity has been seen via international companies, but otherwise CSR is almost non-existent.… Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Certification and Transparency Civil Society Corporations Health Impact Mitigation Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Security Stakeholder State

CSR in Bangladesh

History of CSR:

  • There is  no  specific  legislation  in  Bangladesh  to  assist  the  regulation  of
  • CSR is gradually being normalised in Bangladesh, with CSR projects moving from the peripheral management by external actors, to the mainstream management within local companies.
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Posted in Business and Human Rights Certification and Transparency Civil Society Corporations Indigenous People Mining Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Stakeholder State Sustainability

About diamonds

  • They arecomposed of carbon
  • They burn when heated to bright red
  • Their weight is measured in carat – 1 carat = 0.2 gram
  • Diamonds were first discovered in India by Alexander the Great in 327 BC; then discovered in Brazil and described as “curious pebbles in 1725

The United States are the largest consumer of gem-quality diamonds in the world, but interestingly enough has no commercial mine production; the Crater of Diamonds State park in Arkansas is the only produce where the United States produces gem-quality diamonds.… Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Certification and Transparency Civil Society Corporations Diamond Mining Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Resource Management Stakeholder State

The Rarest Diamond

It is estimated that there are only 30 red diamonds in the world, with each being less than half a carat. Its red color is due to an atomic deformity caused by extreme pressure.… Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Certification and Transparency Civil Society Corporations Diamond Mining Resource Management Stakeholder State Trading

The Diamond as Big as Des Bergues

The Diamond as Big as des Bergues.
Erik Post

The Diamond in the Crown. Photograph by author.

 

Two desks and four security guards flank the lectern in the middle of the podium.… Read More