We Work as a Resource

MSV creates and disseminates resources to help mining companies, governments, and other stakeholders
develop and operationalise local procurement policies and procedures

We Work as a Hub

MSV connects industry personnel, governments and development practitioners to create a thriving community of
practice that provides a forum for discussion and inspires new local procurement initiatives

We Work as a Champion

MSV promotes local procurement in the global mining sector by advocating for its inclusion in company
frameworks, industry standards, and government policies and programming

Our work at a glance

  • MSV works to improve the development impacts of mining by increasing the amount of goods and services mining companies purchase in host countries.

  • We work to empower mining industry actors by strengthening and disseminating research, resources, and tools that exist, most notably through our partnership with the World Bank to support the online Community of Practice: Extractives-led Local Economic Diversification (ELLED) Community of Practice (CoP). In addition, we aggregate key local procurement resources, discussions, policy changes, and much more on Twitter at ewb_msv.

  • Where there are gaps, we work to empower mining industry actors by developing research, resources, and tools to advance the issue and to unlock more evidence to support decision-making by all actors. In particular, our work has included developing a standard set of disclosures on local procurement to support mining industry management of the issue. As well, our research has spanned from site-level case studies to country-level analyses to continent-level policy examinations related to mining local procurement.

See below for more about our individual projects and many of the reports can be accessed on our Publications page. If you have any questions or are interested to learn more, please get in touch with us at jeffgeipel@ewb.ca.

Notable Projects

Global Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism

2016 - Present

  • In partnership with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Mining Shared Value has developed a reporting mechanism for local procurement in the mining industry, released at the London School of Economics on July 3, 2017.   

  • Guided by a Global Steering Committee of industry experts and through a literature review, extensive stakeholder consultation, and pilots in Albania, Mongolia, and Mali, the creation of the new reporting system aims to standardize how mining companies report on their sourcing of goods and services in host countries. 

  • This work was generously supported by the Extractives and Development sector programme of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

  • Click here to view a project brief.

  • You can access the final report on the Mining LPRM page of our website.

World Bank Extractives-led Local Economic Diversification Programme

2014 - Present

The ELLED Community of Practice

  • MSV is one of the founding organizations in the World Bank’s Extractives-led Local Economic Diversification (ELLED) Community of Practice (CoP), an online space for local content practitioners from around the world to collaborate, discuss and share the latest in local content news. The ELLED CoP also holds webinars on a variety of technical topics associated with local participation and extractives-led local economic resilience. With over 280 members and growing, this closed group inspires knowledge sharing and coordination of local procurement research and projects.

The ELLED Framework

  • The ELLED Framework provides structured and intuitive access to the large and diversified body of knowledge, methodologies, and tools with focus on productive linkages. Launched at PDAC in 2019, it is an online resource created to support policymakers in resource-rich countries and the institutions that support them. Curated with the leading experts on various components of local content along the extractives value chain, the Framework works to ensure all governments and technical assistance providers understand the full breadth of resources available to help them make policy.

Mapping of Global Local Procurement Initiatives

2016 - PRESENT

  • Mining Shared Value is undertaking a study to map out relevant mining local procurement initiatives across the global mining industry, and to examine how local procurement fits into major corporate social responsibility (CSR) and mining governance frameworks.

  • Through connecting organizations and initiatives, outlining their respective areas of impact, as well as highlighting research and recent publications relating to local procurement, our vision is to steward a collaborative community working from all sides towards increasing local procurement in host countries. We want to use this study to inspire new initiatives where they will be helpful, and deter duplication where they will not.

  • This work has been generously supported by Kinross Gold Corporation and additional support has been provided from the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF). 

The Relationship between Local Procurement Regulatory Environments and Local Procurement Strategies of Mining Companies

2015 - 2017

Mining Procurement and Aboriginal Business in Canada

2015 - 2016

  • In partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), Mining Shared Value collaborated to investigate how Canadian mining companies are approaching the procurement of goods and services from Aboriginal businesses. 

  • This research involved consultation with mining procurement staff and Aboriginal businesses to document national best practices related to financing and capacity, and to highlight case studies of successes as well as opportunities for improvement.

  • Special thanks for our leading project sponsor Cameco for enabling this work to move forward. We would also like to recognize our additional project sponsors, PotashCorp, Goldcorp, Teck Resources and SNC Lavalin for supporting our research across the country.

  • The report is available for download from the publications section of our website.

Mining a Mirage? - Joint Research Study with the IISD and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

2015 - 2016

  • This joint study examined the potential impacts that mining industry automation can cause for the shared value paradigm in mining, with a specific focus on how local procurement may be effected.

  • The study was launched at the 2016 AGM of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) in Geneva.

  • The report is available for download from the publications section of our website.

Measuring Public Reporting Trends by the Global and Canadian Mining Industries

2014 - 2016

Local Procurement Case Study of Kumtor Gold Company, Kyrgyzstan


  • Conducted by MSV, this case study analyzes the local procurement policies and procedures of Kumtor Gold Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Centerra Gold.

  • The purpose of this case study was to outline practical steps that mining companies can take to increase local procurement, as well as the benefits that local purchasing can bring to host communities.

Canadian Government’s Enhanced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy

2013 - 2014

  • Through written submissions, participation in a civil society roundtable in December 2013, and further engagement with various federal government departments, MSV successfully advocated for the inclusion of local procurement in the Canadian Government’s enhanced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy, “Doing Business the Canadian Way: A Strategy to Advance Corporate Social Responsibility in Canada’s Extractive Sector Abroad”.

  • Under the enhanced CSR Strategy, Canadian trade commissioners located at foreign embassies and high commissions will help Canadian companies identify local procurement opportunities.

Advising Mining Companies on Local Procurement Best Practices

MSV is able to provide guidance to companies who want to understand local procurement best practices. This can range from light-touch advising and presentations, to the creation of extensive local procurement strategies.

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