This document aims to provide a user-friendly, balanced and impartial guide to help businesses to navigate their way through this maze. It seeks to articulate clearly the key aspects of three cross-industry initiatives.
22-25 February 2000
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in conjunction with the International Lead Management Centre (ILMC) and the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft (CDG), convened a participatory training workshop designed to familiarise participants with the Environmental Technology Assessment (EnTA) process and to develop their understanding by engaging them in a practical application of the EnTA methodology, using automotive battery recycling as a case study. UNEP viewed the workshop as part of its efforts to encourage the uptake of EnTA, including training in, and evaluation of, its new environmental technology assessment (EnTA) Manual, Anticipating the Environmental Effects of Technology. The 46 workshop delegates and other participants were drawn from a pool of government environmental officials, industrial process and environmental managers, and representatives of educational institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from the ASEAN region, and from selected countries in transition. Importantly, the workshop organisers achieved an appropriate mix of participants from the private sector, regulatory bodies, policy makers, educators and NGOs. The workshop programme included presentations and discussions on environmental assessment techniques, the economics of sustainable environmentally sound battery recycling, construction and design of the modern recyclable lead acid battery, principles of hydro-metallurgical and pyro-metallurgical battery recycling, and the methods and practices of EnTA, as well as a practical, field-based assessment exercise in EnTA. Personal follow-up action plans were prepared by the trainees. As a result of the workshop, 40 participants are now trained in the use of EnTA. Considerable progress was also made towards publication of an evaluated and revised EnTA Manual, ready for worldwide use by Governments and industry as a selection tool for sound environmental management of recycling and other processes, preparation of a model workshop, and publication of a trainers’ manual. The workshop thus contributed to international advanced training, to dialogue and to human resources development, including international know-how transfer between North and South, and East and West.
Social investment (SI) programmes are defined as the voluntary contributions companies make to the communities and broader societies where they operate, with the objective of benefiting external stakeholders, typically through the transfer of skills or resources. This guidance document aims to address the question of how to create successful and sustainable community investments and how to measure their success.
This set of Guidance Sheets attempts to summarise and share emerging thinking on the sustainable livelihoods approach. It does not offer definitive answers and guidelines. Instead, it is intended to stimulate readers to reflect on the approach and make their own contributions to its further development.
This ADR Toolkit is intended to assist an organisation, usually through its legal department, to review their own use of ADR. The tools take the form of questions and issues for inhouse lawyers and/or claims handlers to consider.
Mining companies have made considerable progress in controlling their environmental outcomes. OECD research shows that they have acquired management expertise and contributed to the growth of standards that help them improve their performance at lower cost.
Download the presentation from the September 27 event on Lessons for Rural Water Supply: Sustainable Services at Scale, given by from Harold Lockwood and Patrick Moriarty.
23 July 2003
The PDAC developed the e3 Environmental Excellence in Exploration program in partnership with a consortium of leading mining companies to encourage environmental stewardship and community engagement during the exploration stage of resource development. e3 is an online reference (e-manual) of good practices in exploration, along with guidelines for their implementation, that were compiled and produced for the global exploration community, its contractors and sub-contractors.
July 1, 2008
This report summarizes the conclusions of our application of the GS SUSTAIN framework to the global energy industry, expanding and updating our previous analysis (Enhanced energy ESG framework, October 9, 2006). We have examined 59 global energy companies spanning four sectors: integrated producers, upstream producers, oil services and refiners. We identify BG Group, Petrobras, Schlumberger, Suncor and Woodside as overall leaders and CNOOC on our ‘Best of the BRICs’ list. These six companies are included in the GS SUSTAIN focus list. Four companies are included on our short list: Chevron, Halliburton, Hess and Nexen. Summary descriptions of all the companies assessed in this report can be found in the Appendix.