Notable Projects

Global Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism

2016 - 2017

Mining Procurement and Aboriginal Business in Canada

2015 - 2016

  • In partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), Mining Shared Value is partnering in a collaborative research project investigating how Canadian mining companies are approaching the procurement of goods and services from Aboriginal businesses. 

  • This research will involve consultation with mining procurement staff and Aboriginal businesses to compare national best practices related to financing and capacity, and case studies to highlight successes and 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!

  • Click here to learn more about the project.

  • Click here for the final report.

Mapping of Global Local Procurement Initiatives

2016 - 2017

  • 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, based in Toronto, Canada. 

  • Click here to learn more about the project.

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.

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

2015 - 2016

World Bank Extractives for Local Content Development Community of Practice (CoP)

2014 - Present

  • MSV is one of the founding organizations in the World Bank’s new Extractives for Local Content Development Community of Practice (CoP), which will connect the world's leading practitioners and experts on local procurement.

  • MSV has compiled a resource library of over 200 local procurement guidance documents, academic papers, briefing notes, and other resources, all of which are being uploaded to the CoP.

  • The goals of the CoP are to centralize existing research and practical guidance on local procurement, to distribute these resources to stakeholders active in this issue area, and to inspire to coordinate new local procurement research and projects.

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.

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.

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.