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Quick Q&A: Jon Samuel, head of social performance, Anglo American

Here’s a quick, but interesting Q&A with mining company social performance expert, Jonathan Samuel. 

It’s worth a read:

1) Please tell us, in two sentences,
what it is that you do

manage social performance – community relations and socio-economic development
– for Anglo American.

2) Which do you see as the ‘big issues
to watch’ in extractives in 2013?
the socio-economic consequences of a more difficult economic environment,
meeting growing community aspirations for socio-economic development, labour
relations, Free Prior and Informed Consent, increasing demands for

3) What are your priorities for 2013?

community development impact through leveraging our core business more
effectively, implementing ways to get good social performance widely recognised
by key external stakeholders, managing social risks in our capital project
pipeline, and ensuring that we are fully compliant with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

4) On CR, which other industry sector would you pick out to watch, and why?
because they seem to be so far behind most other major sectors, and are rapidly
losing their social licence to operate. It will be fascinating to see what
innovation this crisis of confidence will bring in CR terms.

5) What will you be talking about at our annual extractives conference in 2013 in London in April?
Anglo American manages its interactions with local stakeholders, through use of
our award winning Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox (SEAT), which we made
publicly available in 2012.

1) Campaigning NGOs: Help or hindrance?

Help, if you like living in a democracy.

2) A Government to watch on sustainability?


3) Partnerships: Tactical or strategic?

Both, as they should be.

4) CR impact: Obama or Xi Jinping?

Xi Jinping.

5) ‘Shared Value’ or ‘Sustainability’?

Operational excellence, informed by enlightened self-interest, should be what
companies aim for. It doesn’t matter what you call it.
To see what Jon will be talking about on April 3 in London, go here.