Last June 20th-21st, the workshop “New Tech, New Deal: reconceptualizing shared value for the mine of the future” was held in Paris, coordinated by the Intergovernmental Forum on Minerals, Mining and Metals for Sustainable Development (IGF), in collaboration with the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment (USA) and Shared Value in Mining (Engineers Without Borders, Canada). The project seeks to identify the risks and opportunities of mining automation, mainly in the areas of social license and relationship with local and national communities. Its final objective is to agree on public, private and tripartite policy alternatives: governments, companies, and communities, to take advantage of the technological changes that are being made in mining to boost the legitimacy of the industry and the sustainable development of local communities.

Cesco’s boardmember,  José Joaquín Jara, participated in this workshop that sought to identify and delineate the potential courses of action, in terms of public and private policies, in joint work with various actors in the mining environment. 

Various international and governmental institutions, companies, research centers, universities, and non-profit organizations participated, mainly from Europe, North America, and Africa. The representatives of Cesco were the only ones from Latin America.

During the workshop the progress of the project was presented, mainly the background on the process of technological change in the mining industry and its impacts on the labor world and on local economies. The global trends that will mark the transition to mining 4.0 were also discussed. And finally, the alternatives of public, private and tripartite policies were discussed to face the challenge that this transition poses.

The main conclusions of the workshop were the following: 

1.- There are global trends that are important to consider in this process, such as the increase in transparency requirements, ethical investment and shareholder movements in developed countries, explosion of availability of information, concern for climate change and care for the environment, concern for sustainable community development , particularly in countries with lower levels of development.

2.- There are different realities in the different mining countries, which implies that the alternatives for action are also different in each reality.

3.- It is necessary to obtain more and better information about the process of change in different realities, in order to generate a baseline for the analysis of risks and opportunities.

4.- There is a need to involve all the actors impacted in the discussion.

5.- It requires the collaboration of all actors to mitigate the negative impacts and to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise in this new reality.

José Joaquín Jara said José said that “participating in this working group was very valuable. My personal conclusions are the following: it is very important to participate in these global instances in order to understand other realities and take advantage of the experiences, both positive and negative, of other countries and industries. One knows the great difference of views, appreciations, and realities of the mining industry in different regions and countries, which encourages proposals for very diverse public, private and tripartite policies, that is, it is good to be in the conversation, but it is important to identify the differences we have with other regions”.

Jara added that “there is an opportunity to contribute to the future development of the industry and the country by inviting the different actors involved in the technological change of mining in order to plan the mitigation of negative impacts and taking advantage of the opportunities that will arise along the way to this new reality”.