This website provides practical knowledge and tools focusing on social, environmental and economic development issues for companies, civil society, local and regional governments.
This manual describes typical ‘best practices’ and strategies used in petroleum refineries to manage water, including ways to reduce water usage. Improved water management in a petroleum refinery can potentially reduce the volume and cost of raw water used in refinery operations. Furthermore, improved water management may result in reductions in wastewater flow or contaminant load or both. Lower flow and contaminant load may result in lower wastewater treatment operating and maintenance costs. Optimized water management may also reduce the mass of contaminants in the treated effluent, thus improving the quality of a wastewater discharge and ultimately the environmental impact of a refinery’s discharge.
Striking a Better Balance: The World Bank Management Group Response to the Extractive Industries Review (Final Reprot)
The World Bank Group (WBG) announced in 2000 that it would conduct a comprehensive assessment of its activities in the extractive industries sector (oil, gas, and mining production - EI). This report highlights the WBG's response to the recommendations for the institution's future involvement in the extractive industry sector.
This volume presents a collection of poverty and social impact analyses that assess the impact of a range of policy and institutional reforms. In addition to illustrating the use of different tools and methods, these studies provide lessons that encourage and guide policy makers and practitioners while the PSIA approach is mainstreamed.
The present report focuses on and discusses Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd.’s social responsibility related to local community impacts and mitigation and the broader sustainable development commitments which will be integral components of the overall Ahafo South project.
The objectives of this report are to: (i) develop a better understanding of the potential contributions of civil society to peacebuilding; (ii) analyze comparative advantages, limitations, risks, and critical factors; and (iii) provide guidance to external actors supporting civil society initiatives for peacebuilding.
The World Economic Forum’s Responsible Mineral Development Initiative (RMDI) was launched to explore the views, priorities and concerns of key stakeholders on mineral development, and to seek answers on what works, what does not, where discontent and frustration most commonly arise, and where improvements should occur.
This workshop in Calgary addressed indigenous rights in North America.This report highlights the key messages raised by speakers throughout the workshop and seeks to give a synopsis of the presentations, panel discussions and question and answer sessions.
Measurement Demystified: Determining the Value of Corporate Community Involvement presents the findings of our benchmarking study and organizes the lessons of other companies into a constructive framework for measuring value, rounded out with real-life examples of these processes in action. It is the wish of the author's that the readers of this paper use this report for guidance, and, above all, inspiration.
The purpose of this work is to help track progress, generate greater accountability and build demand for closing the gaps between local government decision-making and environmental improvements. The environmental governance readiness assessment diagnostic, which is a primary output of this work, will enable a quick quantification of the performance and capabilities of local policymakers, local service providers and local communities towards improving environmental management of green (i.e. ecosystem and natural resource issues) and brown (i.e. urban environment issues).