Case Study

Third-Party Studies of Kinross

With the relationships between extractive companies and host communities attracting increased discussion and debate, some academics and others specializing in CR are advocating a case-study approach to explore those relationships, with an eye to identifying “lessons learned” for industry, governments, and civil society. Kinross has agreed to participate in two such case studies, undertaken by major Canadian educational institutions, which focus specifically on corporate responsibility and stakeholder relations at two of our operations in South America.

The first study, “Corporate Social Responsibility at Kinross Gold’s Maricunga Mine in Chile: A Multiperspective Collaborative Case Study,” was led by Dr. Kernaghan Webb, Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, and is now complete. The study involved a diverse team of independent Canadian and Chilean academics and persons from the mining sector, government and non-governmental organizations with practical experience in CR issues. The team conducted approximately 40 semi-structured interviews between November 2008 to March 2010 with Kinross management, regional and Maricunga mine officials, workers, suppliers and sub-contractors, Colla indigenous persons, non-Colla community persons, government officials, non-governmental organizations, members of the investment community and others. Among its conclusions, the study found that “Kinross Gold at its Maricunga operations is devoting considerable energies to developing and fulfilling agreements with a number of different parties to address a number of different social, economic and environmental issues…Key innovations that have been developed by the parties include a protocol agreement between the company and the Rio Jorquera community, a tripartite arrangement for identifying and resolving issues associated with the road, and a number of partnerships and agreements to address environmental, social and economic impacts.” The complete study is available at
http://www.ryerson.ca/csrinstitute/current_projects/Dfait_ch2_KGR_Maricunga.pdf

The second is a study of stakeholder relations at our Paracatu mine in Brazil. This study is being undertaken as part of the FORRÉ research network, and is being led by Dr. Ben Bradshaw, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Consistent with the multiperspective methodology used for the Maricunga study, a first draft case report has been reviewed and critiqued by a range of study participants, and is currently being redrafted, supported by additional field research in Paracatu. A final report will be available in late 2010.