The Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) Conference is an annual workshop organised by CSR-in-Action in partnership with key stakeholders in the industry, including Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (FMMSD), Ministry of Environment, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), etc.
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Over the years, our incisive conversations with the key stakeholders of the extractive industries, have shown us how the change in the environment, different access to employment, disproportionate involvement in decision-making and Disruptions of established social patterns – leading to inaccessibility to land and increased vulnerability – all caused by the industries have had a detrimental effect on women’s progress. In actuality, while the extractive industries hold promises for host communities’ progress, they pose more risk than opportunity for women and girls, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, with increased risk for gender-based violence and World Bank statistics pegging the percentage of women who have suffered gender-based violence at a conservative one out of five. For this reason, we intend to tactfully question and reverse norms that have culturally and systematically hampered women’s progress, with especial focus on equity, inclusion, justice and gender-based violence in host communities in West Africa.
The SITEI initiative focuses on stakeholders in the oil and gas and mining value chain, comprising host communities, businesses, civil society organisations, government/regulators and the media. However, our primary target population are marginalised groups in the extractive communities (access, host and impacted), particularly women and the young, and the digitization of today’s world helps us to effectively reach all of West Africa.
While companies have contributed towards improved social development through providing jobs, paying taxes, building an industrial base, enhancing efficiency, earning foreign exchange and transferring technology, they have also been linked publicly to deepening disparities in wealth, poor labour conditions, pollution incidents, health and safety failings, forced displacement and other human and civil rights abuses, leading to calls from all over the world for companies to become more accountable. As extractive companies have severe negative impacts on their host communities, they are expected to deliver lasting social and economic benefits to the areas where they have their footprints.
The Community and Human Rights (CAHR) Awards – pronounced “Car Awards” – seeks to provide a platform that would encourage businesses to take extraneous steps to correct the anomalies of engagement within communities, primarily extractive communities, by acknowledging and appreciating best performing companies and individuals.
Extractive companies face rising expectations to do more than simply mitigate negative impacts, they are expected to be sources of economic opportunity and to be reliable and trustworthy partners and neighbours. Extractive companies are expected to deliver lasting social and economic benefits to the areas where they have their footprints.
The tool for delivering these tangible and sustainable benefits to communities is the Community Engagement Standards (CES). Sections and provisions of the CES may be translated into a Community Development Agreement (CDA). Over the years, companies have engaged communities and sundry stakeholders, unfortunately with less than inspiring results. This CES is aimed at filling some of the identified gaps in earlier ones.
The CES was officially adopted at SITEI 2019 where we had focused discussions understanding how the CES aligns with existing business activities.
”For the extractive industries, your contributions are especially critical to ending poverty, addressing climate change and promoting peace, justice and strong institutions. I am pleased to see such growing interests among business leaders in supporting transparency and combatting corruption.”
”The conference has been interesting and there has also been a lot of collaboration efforts. I have been here since yesterday and I have been able to learn a lot of new things especially about the oil industry in Nigeria. Organisational Expectations: Our expectations have been met. It has given us the platform for networking. There are a lot of organisations here. You guys are really doing wonderful things because this is the only platform that brings everyone together within the extractive industry. It is good, and it is something that should continue.”
”It is a very well organised conference and it is hitting on a lot of the important issues; trying to address issues before they arise and that is something we at AMDC are very much promoting”
”I feel it is a very good conference and these are the issues we need to discuss in this country especially to move this country to where we actually want it to be. The convener and partners should keep up the good work. I like the industries they are focusing on and I believe they can channel this event to other ministries and industries.”
”I was here last year, and I was convinced to come again because many of my expectations were fulfilled. I decided to come again this year to come and learn because the Conference is very relevant to the Nigerian economy.”
The Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) Conference is an annual workshop, established and organised by CSR-in-Action. Annually, the conference is organised in partnership with key stakeholders in the industries, some of which include, The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (FMMSD), and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
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