An independent judging panel comprising several of Australia’s leading experts in the bulk handling industries made the selection, representing private enterprise, academia and government. The judges included: Professor Mark Jones, Director, Key Centre for Bulk Solids & Particulate Technologies, the University of Newcastle; Assoc Professor Peter Wypych, Chair, Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling; John Planner, Director, Introspec Consulting; Neil Kinder, Managing Director, Kinder & Co; Mike Anderson, Managing Director, Nu-Con Australia; Ivan Price, Managing Director, Kockums Bulk Systems; and Charles Macdonald, Editor, Australian Bulk Handling Review acting as moderator. QMASTOR’s General Manager Steve Maxwell who received the award said: “It is truly an honour for QMASTOR to be selected as the overall category winner, in an Australian mining and bulk commodity software market that is renowned globally for its excellence in technology innovation. It is a credit to our dedicated team whom continue to develop and deliver world class solutions that add real value to our mining and bulk commodity clients. QMASTOR’s approach to collaborate with clients to deliver pragmatic solutions is a key factor in the company’s growing success. QMASTOR looks forward to further collaboration and innovative product development to add to our current portfolio of bulk commodity software solutions that includes: Pit to Port.net – export mining supply chain management, Pit to Plant.net – domestic mining supply chain management, Port to Plant.net – import supply chain management, SMS3D.net – advanced 3D stockpile modelling and iFuse – mining system integration, that are rapidly moving towards industry standard status.” QMASTOR systems currently manage over 300 Mt/y of bulk commodity movements per annum in coal, iron ore, nickel, bauxite and copper/gold. www.qmastor.com QMASTOR, an Australian supplier of bulk materials management information systems, was recently announced as the recipient of The IT Solution Award for its Pit to Port.net system. These awards pay tribute to industry champions across a range of fields including: Innovative Technology; Environmentally Responsible Projects; Dust Control; OH&S; IT Solutions; Conveying and Transport Technology. The IT Solution Award, which was sponsored by Lloyds List DCN, represents excellence for a system, software, or information technology application with specific relevance to bulk handling, bulk materials scheduling or the supply chain.
ICMM presents Human Rights in the Metals & Mining Industry: Handling and Resolving Local Level Concerns & Grievances, the second in a series of publications designed to help member companies deal with challenging issues in this area. The publication sets out good practice approaches to help companies design and/or enhance existing complaints procedures or mechanisms. Focussing on this issue, which was highlighted in the recent publication, Human Rights in the Metals & Mining Industry: Overview, Management Approach and Issues, complements ICMM members’ work at the operational level to build strong, trusting relations with local communities around their operations.Meanwhile, a UK registered mining company failed to comply with OECD standards for operating overseas when it did not consult an indigenous group on the construction of a bauxite mine in India, a UK Government examination has found. UK-registered Vedanta Resources plc operates directly or through subsidiaries in India, Zambia and Australia with a focus on aluminium, copper, zinc, lead and iron mining. The company is listed on the FTSE 100.The Government’s examination found that Vedanta acted inconsistently with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises by failing to put in place an adequate and timely consultation mechanism fully to engage the indigenous group Dongria Kondh about the construction of a bauxite mine in the Niyamgiri Hills, Orissa, India.Trade, Investment and Small Business Minister, Lord Davies, said: “The Government promotes responsible business practices and adherence to internationally recognised standards. Clearly, mining can have an impact on those living nearby so it is essential that UK registered companies maintain an open dialogue with local communities, including indigenous groups, affected by their activities and put adequate means of consultation in place”.A complaint under the Guidelines against Vedanta was made by Survival International on December 19, 2008, triggering the start of the complaint procedure by the UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines. The UK NCP’s Final Statement on the complaint made two recommendations:Vedanta should immediately and adequately engage with the Dongria Kondh, on the construction of the bauxite mine. And, Vedanta should include a human and indigenous rights impact assessment in its project management process, paying particular attention to the creation of an adequate consultation process, prior to the finalisation and execution of a project, with indigenous groups potentially affected by the company’s activities.So, the timing of the new ICMM publication is very appropriate as it aims to:Describe a set of ‘overarching design principles’ that provide basic, high-level guidance for companies developing complaints mechanismsOutline some basic criteria to help operations ‘assess the nature of and potential for complaints’ and so to develop a mechanism most appropriate to their situationPresent three possible types of mechanism, with incrementally greater levels of external engagementSet out various ways in which global headquarters of companies can develop ‘group-wide procedures’ to support best practice locally.http://www.icmm.com/document/691