October 19, 2017

Cerrejón at the First Meeting of Mining Regions of the OCDE in Chile

Cerrejón attended the First Meeting of Mining Regions of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), held in the Antofagasta mining region in Chile. Our goal was to learn about other experiences and to share our own as part of our ommitment to continually improve our management. The two-day conference hosted 400 participants from 17 countries, who spoke about their good practices and debated on the industry’s productivity and management models to implement for engagement with communities neighbouring operations.

In addition, the event reinforced the mutual need of businesses and communities to push forward development and progress in mining regions, to be based on clear leadership promoting dialogue and community participation.

“We feel very proud to learn about the experiences of operations similar to ours where, in regions such as Antofagasta, a balance has been found in which the company and community are allies and partners in undertaking initiatives that result in positive influences for both parties, and in which economic sectors such as tourism have been developed for their sustainability,” stated Raúl Roys, head of Cerrejón’s Division of Institutional Affairs and Communities and a participant at the event.

These types of encounters promote the sharing of knowledge and a common agenda in different regions of the world with mining operations aimed at creating a global policy including economic, social, and environmental aspects to promote sustainable development for communities, learning from the experiences and lessons of other companies to form a common vision to be ever better.

 

Do you know what the OCDE is?

It is the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which is an international body for cooperation comprising 35 countries. Its goal is to coordinate global economic and social policies. It was founded in 1960, and its representatives meet to exchange information and coordinate policies with the objective of maximizing economic growth and collaborating in the development of both its member and non-member countries.