The Mining Shared Value (MSV) venture of Engineers Without Borders Canada focuses on helping the mining sector and related stakeholders maximize local procurement of goods and services. MSV accomplishes this in the following three ways:
1. Resource - MSV creates and compiles resources to help mining companies and stakeholders develop and operationalize local procurement policies and procedures.
2. Hub - MSV connects industry personnel and development practitioners to create a thriving community of practice that provides a forum for discussion and inspires new local procurement initiatives.
3. Champion - MSV promotes local procurement in the global mining sector by advocating for its inclusion in company frameworks, industry standards, and government policies and programing.
In 2015, MSV became a founding member of the World Bank Extractives for Local Content Development Community of Practice (CoP), which connects the world’s leading experts and practitioners on local procurement and centralizes existing research and guidance on this issue. MSV has compiled a resource library of over 200 local procurement guidance documents, academic papers, briefing notes, and other resources, all of which are being uploaded to the CoP.
Through written submissions, participation in a civil society roundtable in December 2013, and further engagement with various federal government departments, MSV successfully advocated for the inclusion of local procurement in the Canadian Government’s enhanced 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy, Doing Business the Canadian Way: A Strategy to Advance Corporate Social Responsibility in Canada’s Extractive Sector Abroad.
MSV published Local Procurement and Public Reporting Trends Across the Global Mining Industry: An Analysis of Company Reporting, 2012-2013 in March 2015, followed by the Canadian Supplementary Edition in May. These reports examine the extent to which Canada and the world’s largest mining companies report on local procurement. In highlighting which companies are doing well, MSV encourages the industry to improve on local procurement reporting and practices.
MSV organized and participated in the first ever local procurement-focussed panel at the 2014 PDAC Convention: Local Procurement: Strategies, Tools and the Benefits for Companies and Communities.