Company-­community agreements, gender and development

Keenan, J. C., Kemp, D. L. and Ramsay, R. B. (2013). Company-­community agreements, gender and development. In: 23rd World Mining Congress 2013 Proceedings. 23rd World Mining Congress, Montreal, Canada, (). 11-15 August 2013.

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Author Keenan, J. C.
Kemp, D. L.
Ramsay, R. B.
Title of paper Company-­community agreements, gender and development
Conference name 23rd World Mining Congress
Conference location Montreal, Canada
Conference dates 11-15 August 2013
Proceedings title 23rd World Mining Congress 2013 Proceedings
Place of Publication Montreal, Canada
Publisher Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781926872155
Total pages 9
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Company-community agreements are widely considered to be a practical mechanism for recognising the rights, needs and priorities of peoples impacted by mining, for managing impacts and ensuring that mining-derived benefits are shared. The use and application of company–community agreements is increasing globally. Notwithstanding the utility of agreements, the gender dimensions of agreement processes in mining have rarely been studied. Prior research on women and mining, however, does show that women are often more adversely impacted by mining than men, and face greater challenges in accessing development opportunities that mining can bring, however there is currently little to no guidance for companies, government or communities in terms of bringing a gender perspective to the fore in mining and agreement processes.

While it is undisputed in human development literature that investment in women and sensitivity to gender delivers long-term health, education and local development outcomes, a number of key factors remain unexplored in debates about mining and development. These include: women’s participation in agreement processes, the gendered distribution of agreement benefits, and the extent to which impacts and benefits influence (either positively or negatively) women’s development and economic inclusion.

This paper presents the results of an applied research project undertaken by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at The University of Queensland and funded by a partnership between the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The project sought to connect with practitioners who had been directly involved in agreement processes to hear grounded perspectives on the interaction of gender dynamics and agreements, and connect those experiences with the broader literature.

Findings from this study have implications for the role of companies and governments in promoting gender equality and empowerment as part of their commitments to sustainable development. A key challenge for companies will be navigating the territory of cultural norms and gender equality. The authors argue that without consideration of the gender perspective, and appropriate responses, mining agreements may not be inclusive or representative and may exacerbate gender inequalities and fail to contribute to long-term sustainable development.
Keyword Agreements
Social inclusion
Corporate social responsibility
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Presented during the Stream "Reaching Agreement: Challenges and Opportunities" as Paper #793.

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