Sustainability In The Extractive Industries (SITEI) Conference
The Sustainability in the Extractive Industries Conference was birthed in conjunction with the Deputy High Commission of Canada in October 2012, in Lagos. It is an annual workshop, established and organised by CSR-in-Action, to bring together key stakeholders to discuss critical issues in the industries and stimulate meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices among key stakeholder groups and industry experts.
Over the years, the reach of the conference has continued to grow, and the conference is now a highly-anticipated event yearly.
Annually, the conference is organised in partnership with key stakeholders in the industries, some of which include, The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (FMMSD), and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
SITEI’s Notable Achievement
Year on year, SITEI has gotten bigger and richer with the support of notable partners like NEITI, FMPR, FMMSD, NNPC, Ford Foundation, the Deputy High Commission of Canada, PwC, Shell, Chevron, NCDMB, Access Bank, Lafarge Africa, and a host of others.
From inception, SITEI has achieved the following:
- trained over 300 CSOs and equipped them with tools to effectively support the marginalised
- increased discussions on “local content”, transparency and accountability” and cohesive governance of the extractive industries which have led to sectoral reforms
- influenced the adoption of certain guidelines like PIB, 7-Big Wins, 12 points agenda for ending violence in the Niger Delta, and the Solid Minerals RoadMap
- contributed to broadening Nigeria’s extractive industries focus from just oil to other solid minerals which have contributed to the economic growth of the nation’s GDP
- increased the voice of marginalised youth and women in the activities of the extractive industries
- facilitated open dialogue between government, business and the masses on hitherto uncharted matters
- been instrumental to business linkages in the extractive industries
- created direct impact and built CSR and sustainability awareness and implementation guidance for over 4,692 professionals and future leaders; and over 100,000, indirectly
- popularised the embedding of CSR and sustainability in the business strategies of SMEs
- provided a unique voluntary tool – the Sustainable Extractive and Energy Principles (SEEP) – to coordinate the affairs of the actors in the sector
- compelled the commencement of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum on a global CSR framework to foster equitable distribution of wealth to the communities.