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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Research reveals that the discovery and mining of crude oil and natural gas deposits in Nigeria over the past four decades has immensely increased the wealth of the nation but not without its devastating environmental impacts.
Despite the fantastically corrupt nature of several regulatory agencies and a perceived lack of will, CSR-in-Action is keen on applying our already established processes and networks to solving the myriad problems. Having provided mentorship to community leaders and garnered trust over these crucial years we believe that we have reached the cusp for taking the next salient steps towards catering to a pan-African audience, including Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal, Togo, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Guinea Bissau. Our germane relationship with key government agencies built through subtlety and trust over the years – MoU with NEITI, partnership with the ministries of petroleum resources (which has adopted the CES as a national document even though it has clearly indicated government’s complicity in community issues), mines and steel development and environment, create an opportunity which we intend to exploit.
The focus, at SITEI 2020, will be on driving strategies to curb corruption through the contracting process and that may lead to negligence of the environment.
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 9th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries conference will witness the convergence of over 5000 delegates from within & outside the extractive sector. Do you desire to interact with industry leaders in these sectors? Then you must attend the SITEI 2020 conference.
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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