This Thursday, Guardian Sustainable Business has assembled a panel of experts to discuss the issue of responsible mining and whether the steps being taken to introduce more sustainable business practices are making a difference.
Maplecroft’s Gus Macfarlane will be answering questions, together with: Greg Valerio, founder of CRED Jewellery; Claire White, who works on the ICMM's Social and Economic Development Program and the Sustainable Development Framework, Professor Frances Wall, head of Camborne School of Mines; Dorothée Gizenga, executive director of the Diamond Development Initiative; and a member of the World Gold Council’s Responsible Gold team.
The discussion will be tackling issues such as how to legislate for small-scale artisanal mining operations, the impact of the Dodd-Frank act, and the effectiveness of industry-led approaches, such as the Kimberley Process and the recently launched Conflict-Free Gold Standard.
If you are interested in taking part, the discussion is scheduled for Thursday 13th December, between 14:00-16:00 GMT via the comments section of the blog (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/blog/responsible-mining-live-discussion for details).
Maplecroft recently released the Conflict Minerals Report analysing the risks for companies sourcing minerals
from DR Congo and neighbouring states.
Jason McGeown, Head of Communications
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