Mining can deliver great things – revenue for national economies, development and jobs for local communities, and the building blocks for the clean energy and transport that will power our green future.
But at what cost to local communities?
A mining sector that helps us build a better world must not lose sight of the people living on the frontlines – the people who risk losing their homes, livelihoods and water if mining is not done right.
A process for approving mining projects that lacks transparency and accountability, a process that excludes or prevents women and men from having a meaningful say in decisions that affect their lives, is a process that is vulnerable to corruption.
From the very start, a corruption-free mining sector needs a clean and fair process for accessing land and minerals and engaging with local communities.
Our new blog series
Our blog series explores what Transparency International Chapters are doing on the ground to support local women and men to meaningfully participate in consultation processes about mining.
A fairer process
Transparency International is working collaboratively to build a cleaner and fairer process for awarding mining rights.
We are ensuring that communities living near mining operations can participate in the decisions that affect their lives.
By supporting local people’s voice and right to participate, we are helping communities protect their homes and preserve their livelihoods, their air, their water, their land; and helping them to receive appropriate compensation for any negative impacts from mining activities.
We are assisting mining companies, governments and community organisations to work together to build a cleaner and fairer process.
Corruption risks in community consultation
Meaningful consultation involves taking the time to identify, involve and work collaboratively with all stakeholders early and throughout the process.
When done properly, it offers an opportunity for people to have a say in how mining projects will impact their land and livelihoods.
However, corruption, poor regulatory systems, and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic can pose significant challenges that limit the effectiveness of these processes.
This paper sets out the links between community consultation and corruption during licensing for exploration, new mining projects or mine expansions. It makes recommendations for government, companies and civil society.
How meaningful is community consultation?
Genuine consultation with communities is fundamental to ensure that mining contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Corruption undermines the credibility of the consultation process, the resulting agreements and, by extension, a company’s social licence to operate. It can lead to poor health, environmental and social impacts for women and men in a community, and conflict between the community and the mining operator.