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Sustainable Mining Action Plan officially launched in Beijing

Source:CCCMC Published:2016-11-30 Editor:

On Nov. 22nd, 2016, Sustainable Mining Action Plan(SMAP)--a project of the Guidelines for Social Responsibility in Outbound Mining Investments was officially launched in Beijing. Ms. Liang Hong, Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Commerce of China, Mr. Jim Carpy, Representative of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Beijing, Mr. Oliver Auge, Representative of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Beijing, Mr. Chen Feng, Chairman of China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters (CCCMC) jointly launched the project. CCCMC Vice Chairman Liu Zhonghui presided over the ceremony. 110 representatives from the competent departments of government, industrial organizations, international organizations and mining enterprises witnessed the launch ceremony. 


SMAP is the first Sino-UK cooperation project under the framework of the Sustainable Development Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Chinese government and the UK government, aimed at promoting the sustainable development of the outbound investments of Chinese enterprises through the collaboration of the stakeholders including the government, enterprises, international organizations, NGOs and the local communities.


GIZ and CCCMC jointly compiled the Guidelines for Social Responsibility in Outbound Mining Investments in 2014, which is the first and the only guideline of its kind for Chinese enterprises. The Guidelines was revised according to the suggestions and advice of the mining industry, the Ministry of Commerce of China as well as international organizations like OECD, International Finance Corporation, Extractive industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), Global Witness, World Wide Fund for Nature and International Labor Organization.

 

With sufficient investigation, survey and analysis, GIZ and CCCMC jointly compiled the Social Responsibility Projects Working Plan for Outbound Mining Investments (i.e.,SMAP) mainly funded by the UK Department for International Development. SMAP is to ensure the sustainable, standard and effective implementation of the Guidelines in the following three years. It has 25 actions and includes eight work modules: network building, recognition enhancement, developing auxiliary information for the Guidelines, capability building, instrument development, assessment of responsibility fulfillment, best practices and image dissemination, in the hope that 100 outbound mining investment projects will recognize the Guidelines in the next three years, and 20 of which can improve in a thorough and quantifiable way in regard to corporate social responsibility. The improvement will be conducive to the employment, environment and tax revenue of the countries where the investments are to be made.


To ensure the effectiveness of the implementation of SMAP, a strategic oversight committee consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Commerce of China, DFID, GIZ and CCCMC is set up. And, a high-level expert advisory committee consisted of top Chinese and foreign experts will make common efforts to offer professional guidance for the implementation of the Guidelines and introduce foreign experience to the projects.