Sustainable Development and the Minerals Industry 25 years on

AUTHORS: Jeremy P. Richards

ABSTRACT: Progress in the understanding and application of sustainable development principles in the mining industry are discussed, relative to the classic definition of this concept in the 1987 Brundtland Commission Report. The industry has responded relatively well in terms of environmental impacts, but is struggling to deal with the social aspects of the concept, in part because few industry employees, who are mostly scientists and engineers, are familiar with or trained to deal with these issues.

KEYWORDS: Sustainable Development, mining, exploration, metals, equality

EAN: SGA_2013_A007
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