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The objective of the Devonshire Initiative (DI) is improved social and community development outcomes wherever Canadian mining companies operate overseas.
- Sustainable Development
The DI believes that collaboration is the preferred avenue by which to reach this objective. The DI works to develop a constructive space in which stakeholders can discuss complex problems facing mining and development, identify common opportunities, and develop innovative on-the-ground collaboration.
The DI sees industry/NGO collaboration and strong linkages with both Canadian and local governments as a means to an end. The DI provides four specific areas of value addition to its members and stakeholders:
- Enhancing in-country capacity to allow communities, regions and countries to more visibly realize the benefits of Canadian mining investments;
- Opening dialogue that creates a better understanding of, and that deepens engagement on, social and community development components of CSR work being done by Canadian mining companies operating in developing countries;
- Enhancing cross-sector Canadian engagement with, and understanding of community development issues; and
- Sharing innovations and best practices within the mining and development community.