Major Extractive Companies Converge on Houston to Discuss Social and Environmental Risk

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CSR professionals from the world’s biggest mining, steel and oil & gas companies will arrive in Houston on the 21st – 22nd June to debate and discuss the dominant industry issues in relation to social and environmental risk management.

What does the future hold for the extractive sector? According to the International Energy Agency, demand is increasing markedly. And of course, in the wake of the Middle East crisis, oil prices spiked to their highest levels since 2008.

Shale gas supplies appear to be one answer. They are available in ubiquitous quantities across North America, and some analysts are forecasting shale gas will supply as much as 50% of the USA’s natural gas production in North America by the end of the decade.

Ethical Corporation, a leader in CSR intelligence for business, is therefore running an American conference for the extractive sector for the first time. This follows on from successful events on social and environmental risk management in the UK for the past two years. Liam Richardson, the conference director, offered the following remarks:

“This conference is coming at a most opportune time. With a significant stream of events impacting the extractives sector it is more important than ever to share knowledge and best practice, as well as discussing what the future might hold for the industry.”

More detail on the event can be found at the website - available here:

The conference will gather a host of the most incisive and informed industry professionals from across the world. These include figures from leading companies such as Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Marathon Oil, Barrick Gold, ArcelorMittal, Halliburton and Rio Tinto amongst many others.

Over the two day event, delegates will attend sessions suggested and molded by their peers- a trademark of Ethical Corporation conferences. Topics featuring at the event include; mitigation of environmental challenges, building effective community relations, minimising supply chain risks, establishing best practice for hydraulic fracturing and maintaining a social license to operate.

For detailed information on the conference including a full agenda, list of speakers and who else is expected to attend please go to and download a brochure:


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