Member Organizations

AMREF CanadaBarrick Gold CorporationCARE CanadaCECICanadian Executive Service OrganizationDundee Precious MetalsEngineers Without Borders CanadaGoldcorp Inc.Hudbay MineralsIAMGOLDJane Goodall Institute of CanadaKinross Gold CorporationPactPDACPlan Canada Rakai Resources Right to PlayRioTinto AlcanSave the Children CanadaSearch for Common GroundSherritt InternationalSocoDeviSOPARSOS Children's VillagesTechnoServeUnicef CanadaWhite Ribbon CampaignWorld University Service of CanadaWorld Vision CanadaWWF Canada

We are also joined in our workshops by: DFATD, NRCan, EDC, CIRDI, the University of Waterloo (Faculty of Environment, SEED), St. Paul's University College, and several other academics.

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For international development NGOs:

  1. Evidence that working with the private sector positively impacts our constituent communities on the ground;
  2. Access to best practices, lessons learned, and a community of common interest; and
  3. Understand risks associated with a multi-stakeholder approach to mining and development and share strategies with other NGOs.

For the mining industry:

  1. A space for dialogue with relevant actors to raise awareness of best practices in responsible community investment and development;
  2. Opportunities for cross-sector partnerships with NGOs in order to improve the outcomes of community development initiatives. Even with all the existing guidelines, structures, procedures, and consultants on the ground, challenges continue to arise that are best managed through the multistakeholder processes;
  3. Enhancing the contribution made by the mining sector to broad-based socio-economic development, both at the macro (national) and micro (site) levels; and,
  4. Changing the way industry is viewed; raising awareness of the work it currently does, and addressing myths with a core group of stakeholders.

For government and multilateral institutions:

  1. Access to leading thinkers and practitioners on CSR and multistakeholder partnering;
  2. Opportunity to sound out needs, priorities, and policy in a constructive, established, and proven environment;
  3. The DI is ready, willing, and able to assist in implementing CSR and public-private partnership strategies; and,
  4. Opportunity to invest in a proven process that would catapult Canada as a leader on CSR and public-private partnerships.




Mining industry members will:

INGO members will:

Both industry and INGO members will:

Active Observers

“Active Observers” (AO) is the status given to participants in the DI from government (e.g. DFATD, NRCan), other organizations, and individuals that have an interest in the work of the DI and are able to contribute to its objectives.

AO’s cannot serve on the Steering Committee.

Active Observers will:


Process for Joining

There is no one-size-fits-all formula to joining the DI. As a general rule, the DI follows this process for admitting new members:

  1. Interested organizations may be invited to participate in a DI event. These events are typically workshops hosted by the DI. Participating at a DI event allows the prospective member to witness the core activities of the DI. It also gives the DI membership an opportunity to become better acquainted with the prospective organization.

  2. The interested organization may indicate its desire to explore membership with the DI or the Director of the DI may invite the prospective organization to apply for membership. In either case, the interested organization will be asked to submit in writing a summary of:
    1. why the organization is interested in participating in the DI;
    2. how it believes that it meets the criteria for membership;
    3. who will be the focal person and representative to the DI; and,
    4. what unique contributions the organization will make in support of the DI. For example, the organization might share particular case studies or experiences that demonstrate its capacity to contribute to the DI’s agenda.

  3. On behalf of the membership, the Steering Committee will assess all potential new members. This assessment ensures that the membership remains balanced and in line with the founding principles and vision of the DI.

  4. The DI will extend an offer of membership. In return, the new member will be asked to commit in writing to demonstrating their dedication to the membership principles and requirements. This commitment lasts for an initial period of two years.

Contact the Executive Director of the DI to learn more about becoming a member.