WP10 – PUBLIC AWARENESS, ACCEPTANCE, TRUST AND
COMMUNICATION

ZABALA (Lead), UPM, 3GSM, ARNÓ, BRGM, VA Erzberg GmbH, InvestorNet, LTU, Maxam, Minpol, MUL, MINERA ORGIVA, TU GRAZ

This WP aims to raise awareness about sustainable responsible mining, due diligence and ethical exploitation among the local communities in close proximity to mining sites.

10.1. BEST PRACTICES COMMUNICATION WITH STAKEHOLDERS TAILORED FOR EU CONDITIONS
A carried out analysis of the mining industry main communication practices will target both European and non-European companies, and will be implemented in line with conditioning European factors and ethical codes such as ICMM guidelines on human rights and mining companies. Five scenarios will be selected and several use cases will be built up off them. These cases will be conceived as a series of recommendations on social communications and will be carried out by the participant universities. These activities will also lead to several related forum and best practices reports.

10.2. EARLY AND OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH NEIGHBOURS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Simultaneously,  a series of guidelines will be composed, for communication and the achievement of social licenses with local communities and settlements located in close proximity of a mining deployment. To produce these guidelines, collaborative and engaged work with the local communities is required. Additionally, five large European cities in relative short distance to the mines will be considered. These key agents will participate in several surveys and interviews, with the purpose of compiling diverse, relevant information for the proposed study.

10.3. COMMUNICATION PLAN FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, SOCIETY AND GENERAL AUDIENCE TO
IMPROVE PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE AND TRUST OF NEW MINING TECHNOLOGIES
A cross-sectorial communication strategy will be defined within this task. This strategy will last the whole project’s
lifecycle and will include the following actions:

  • Website with relevant information for stakeholders to promote a sustainable and committed new mining industry and full interaction among key actors.
  • Meetings and further information on sustainable, responsible mining for European institutions (European Commission, Parliament) and national parliaments of 3 partner’s countries (Sweden, Austria and Spain).
  • Seminars and workshops on learning and skill development for local and civil representatives and institutional deputies participating in the project.
  • Attendance to international forums, such as ONU’s working group for Business and Human Rights, to present all lesson learned and experiences from the project’s execution and results.

10.4. EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR SOCIAL AWARENESS
With the participating universities’ help, a full training program on social sustainability, due diligence on human rights and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be redacted. This training programme will focus on developing the necessary skills in business to integrate SDGs in day-to-day activities and to develop due diligencebased management models.

10.5. VOLUNTARY CODES BASED ON GOOD GOVERNANCE AND SUSTAINABLE, TRANSPARENT
PERFORMANCE
In line with the diverse discussion forums and use cases from Tasks 10.1 and 10.2, a dedicated ethical code for partner mines in the consortium will be mapped out and enforced. This code will promote due diligence, responsible corporate governance on human rights and sustainable mining, and will be validated within the scope of Task 10.3. Additionally, this ethical code will incorporate distinctive indicators to be applied among the consortium during the project’s third year.