Monthly Archives: May 2015

I don’t like CSR

I have never much liked the phrase, ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR). In many parts of the developing world, it is interpreted to just mean for a company: ‘How much have you spent on local communities, over and above your taxes, royalties, etc.?’ Governments love to be able to put pressure on with this warm and […]

Mining: The Way it Was

An old die hard traditional miner once said to me that we didn’t need Community or External Relations or similar functions in the company. ‘We just dig up the gold, throw it over the fence and someone sends us a check’, he said. Communities no longer accept this and we now operate more or less […]

On the formation of Yirri Global

‘Yirri’ is a Kuku-Yalanji word (an active Australian Aboriginal language from North Queensland, spoken by a group of people with whom I have had very close contacts for more than 35 years). The word can be defined as ‘flowing water’ but it is also the name of the father and grandfather of my great mentor, […]