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Human rights and the minerals industry; challenges for geoscientists

Simon D. Handelsman, Malcolm Scoble and Marcello Veiga
Human rights and the minerals industry; challenges for geoscientists (in Sustainable mining in the 21st century; a role for geoscientists, J. P. Richards (editor))
Exploration and Mining Geology (October 2003) 12 (1-4): 5-20

Abstract

In many mining areas, potentially profitable mineral projects can be at risk because local people do not trust their governments and mining companies on many issues, including human rights. Projects will continue to be vulnerable to potential failure, delays, and higher costs. This paper suggests that geoscientists need to be aware of the global challenges they face from issues of corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, and human rights. These are not areas in which geoscience education has traditionally focused. This paper examines the types of conflict concerning human rights that are encountered by geoscientist involved in mineral exploration and development. It provides a background to human rights issues and presents a classification of the types of issue encountered. It reports on a survey of case studies that provide examples of the breadth, complexities, and consequences of such issues. The paper then concludes by outlining the development of codes and standards to improve performance, and suggests approaches for positive, practical engagement.


ISSN: 0964-1823
Serial Title: Exploration and Mining Geology
Serial Volume: 12
Serial Issue: 1-4
Title: Human rights and the minerals industry; challenges for geoscientists
Title: Sustainable mining in the 21st century; a role for geoscientists
Author(s): Handelsman, Simon D.Scoble, MalcolmVeiga, Marcello
Author(s): Richards, J. P.editor
Affiliation: University of British Columbia, Department of Mining Engineering, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Affiliation: University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Pages: 5-20
Published: 200310
Text Language: English
Publisher: Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, Montreal, QC, Canada
Meeting name: SUM21 workshop
Meeting location: Burnaby, BC, CAN, Canada
Meeting date: 20020502May 2-3, 2002
References: 86
Accession Number: 2005-021083
Categories: Environmental geologyEconomic geology, general, deposits
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: 1 table
Country of Publication: Canada
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200508
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