Corporate Social Responsibility, Geoethics, Social License to Operate, Responsible Sourcing are concepts related to the interface between mineral projects (exploration and mining), the natural environment and people (from local populations to global activist associations). This course discusses these concepts, their relations and their practical application to exploration and mining companies and professionals.
Classical approaches deal with the social and environmental problems specific of particular mineral development stages (exploration, mining, rehabilitation and closure).
The paradigm adopted in this course deals with the mineral asset life-cycle; potential issues and problems in the final stages are best dealt with if considered and evaluated from the projects’ onset, an approach parallel to application of the circular economy paradigm from the early stages of mineral projects.
Participants are especially encouraged to bring, share and analyse their own experiences and material during the course. Rather than presenting and discussing an ideal textbook on corporate social responsibility, the course integrates the latest methodological and paradigm developments with real-life datasets and cases in a hands-on discussion and analysis of specific topics:
The organization of the themes discussed in the face-to-face work sessions is as follows:
Day 1Morning: Challenges and trends in society: mineral use, activism, economy, climate change, critical raw materials, responsible sourcing. Exploration and mining activity and their impact in people, society and Nature – lessons from History.Afternoon: Exploration and mining activity: managing social and environmental risks. Presentation of the Kimberley Process case – group assignment
Day 2Morning: Corporate social responsibility and stakeholders engagement.Afternoon: The Neves-Corvo case – group assignment.
Day 3Morning: Reporting to society: international standards.Afternoon: Responsible sourcing, responsible use and reuse. The Angolan diamonds case – group assignment.
Type of training
The course is combining classroom lectures, computer-based work, group work as well as self study.
Objective and outcome
Participants in the course will learn to:
The course’s intended audience includes:
After a 30 years career in Mining and Civil Engineering (including work in underground mines, mineral processing and consulting in civil and construction projects), I am currently a full time PhD student.
I started as a mining engineer at SOMINCOR, Neves Corvo mine (copper and tin) in 1987. Left in 1993 and went to NSBE for an MBA. In 1996, started working in BERALT TIN & WOLFRAM, Panasqueira Mine (wolfram, tin and copper mine), becoming Ore Treatment Plant Manager. In 1998 I started working in the civil construction area.
In 2011 I started an independent career and for one year developed some knowledge on Angola diamond exploration in a Portuguese mining consultancy company, SINESE. From 2012 to 2015 I collaborated with EnviEstudos as a mining consultant for coordination of PARP SOMINCOR 2014 (Neves Corvo Mine Closure Plan revision), supervision of Safety Operating Procedures documents review of Neves Corvo mine site, participation in the Neves Corvo Mine Closure Plan revision 2016 and in the ALMINA (Aljustrel copper and zync mine) Mine Closure Plan 2016. Since May 2016 I have integrated the research team of SOCIUS/CSG (Research Centre in Economic and Organizational Sociology/ Research in Social Sciences and Management) at ISEG.
Since September 2014 I have been appointed by Ordem dos Engenheiros de Portugal as representative for the Portuguese Government Manufacturing and Extractive Industries Working Group (GTTITE) within Coligação Crescimento Verde (Portugal Green Growth Commitment).
I am presently working on my PhD project regarding mine closure, focusing on stakeholder relationships management within corporate social responsibility. I also develop research on socioeconomic impacts related to the exploitation of mineral resources.
His current professional activity revolves around Economic Geology (primarily) and Data Analysis. He is currently partner and general manager of Sínese, a specialized consulting company created in 1995.
His professional activity in the field of Economic Geology has been diversified, although most major projects are related to diamond deposits in Angola and Brazil, precious and base metals (Au, Cu-Zn-Pb-Ag, Sn, Fe, Nb – Ta, Mn) and industrial minerals and natural stone in Portugal, Republic of Congo, and Brazil and other mineral resources elsewhere (oil, underground water, etc.).
He holds degrees in Mining Engineering (Applied Geology), Engineering Geology (MSc), Business Administration (MBA) and Engineering Sciences (PhD) and a postdoc in Mining Engineering.
He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geology and holds the qualifications of European Engineer – EUR ING, European Geologist – EUR GEOL and he is a Senior Engineer (Ordem dos Engenheiros).