Investigating Mining's Social Values
Johnson, Marina, Ecos
Research to map the social landscape of the minerals industry will help inform the sector's efforts towards a socially sustainable future.
The Australian minerals industry has become progressively concerned with sustainable development and social values. There is now an explicit acknowledgement that a social licence to operate is an essential complement to a regulatory licence to mine.
The increased focus on the social dimension has highlighted the complexity of the industry's stakeholders, and the relationships and issues involved. CSIRO researchers are aiming to develop an overview of key social issues within the minerals industry.
The initial phase of their project involved a literature review, focusing on material published after the 2002 Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) report 'Breaking new ground'.
Project leader, CSIRO Minerals research fellow Dr Fiona Solomon, says the MMSD report provided a real mind-shift for the minerals industry. 'This report sets a useful benchmark as an initial map of the territory and provides a starting point for examining change over the past five years. …