'I believe, the relationship between mining companies and their surrounding communities will continue to be a priority for companies..' says Charlotte Wolff.
Charlotte Wolff is General Manager for Corporate Responsibility at the leading global steel and mining company ArcelorMittal. Since joining ArcelorMittal in 2007 she has launched the Group-wide corporate responsibility strategy, governance structure and organisation across its global operations; established a number of policies, standards and operating procedures for among other things: stakeholder engagement, human rights and Corporate Responsibility reporting and disclosure. The strong record of implementing international standards in countries as diverse as Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Liberia earned her entry into the prestigious group - ‘Top 40 under 40 International Development Leaders in London’ by Devex. Charlotte is a regular contributor to debates around sustainability and responsible business practice and a guest lecturer at leading universities and organisations.
Charlotte will be a speaker at 4th annual CSR for Extractives Industries Summit (April 3rd-4th) in London. Below Charlotte shares her vision on the future of CSR strategy for ArcelorMittal.
Ethical Corporation: What does being general manager for corporate responsibility at the world’s largest steel company involve exactly?
Charlotte Wolff: I see my objective as making safe, sustainable steel and mining a reality in practice, performance and reputation.Ethical Corporation: What would you say are the big CR issues to watch out for in 2013?
Charlotte Wolff: I believe, the relationship between mining companies and their surrounding communities will continue to be a priority for companies, and that will demand a lot of management time.
Ethical Corporation: Turning to your role at ArcelorMittal, what priorities have you set for yourself in 2013?
Charlotte Wolff: We will continue demonstrating how we create shared value for both our communities and the business. This means more effective community relations on the ground across all of our sites. During 2013 we will also run specific programmes to engage employees on social and environmental issues.
Ethical Corporation: In terms of corporate responsibility, which industry sector would you pick out and why?
Charlotte Wolff: This is an interesting question. I think there will be some new, emerging sectors linked to social media that will emerge to help tackle challenges in our society. It might be Google, or a new Google, or possibly a company outside the tech industry altogether. Social media isn’t just defined to techies any more. I think we will get more kinds of applications, which might take social media beyond just communication and engagement. The whole way we interact and what this might lead to - in terms of how we deal with big challenges in our welfare society, how we police, how we manage elderly care, etc. - all this makes social media very interesting. How these new solutions will be applied to the extractives sector will be very interesting to see.
I think the steel industry is one to watch too. Steel products are well suited for renewable energy solutions, as well as more efficient motoring and construction. We've launched a number of new product lines in this space and these are turning out to be really interesting and enabling solutions for a greener future.
Ethical Corporation: You are down to talk at annual extractives conference in 2013 in London in April? What subject will you be discussing?
Charlotte Wolff: I will lead an interactive session called: ‘Focus on communities: Policy, standards and good practices for achieving respect, trust and a common understanding with local communities’. The session will be in a roundtable format with limited participant numbers to allow for a good and fruitful exchange of experiences and good practices in some detail. In particular we will discuss how you partner and engage with communities to achieve a common objective.
If you enjoyed the Q&A from Charlotte’s check out this year's 4th annual CSR for Extractives Industries Summit in London, April 3rd-4th, where Charlotte is joining us as a speaker. Charlotte will be addressing the topic ‘Policy, standards and good practices for achieving respect, trust and a common understanding with local communities’ at one of our dynamic roundtable session.
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