Voluntary initiatives in the mining industry: Do they work?

Schiavi, Petrina and Solomon, Fiona (2007) Voluntary initiatives in the mining industry: Do they work?. Greener Management International, Spring 2006 53: 27-41.

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Author Schiavi, Petrina
Solomon, Fiona
Title Voluntary initiatives in the mining industry: Do they work?
Journal name Greener Management International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-9671
Publication date 2007-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume Spring 2006
Issue 53
Start page 27
End page 41
Total pages 14
Place of publication Sheffield, United Kingdom
Publisher Greenleaf Publishing
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Abstract The number, range and foci of voluntary initiatives have been growing rapidly over the last decade, but there is still debate as to whether they work 'on the ground'. The paper begins by defining voluntary initiatives and considers their relative strengths and weaknesses. The main factors contributing to their effectiveness-monitoring, transparency, enforcement, content and compulsoriness-are discussed and are then reviewed in light of an Australian case study of a mining industry initiative. Interviews with mining industry executives and other stakeholders are used to offer insights into the ways in which the efficacy of voluntary initiatives might be improved. It is here that a paradox emerges: the voluntary initiatives with the most potential for success appear to be those that are, effectively, compulsory. The paper concludes by discussing the key ways in which 'compulsory' voluntary initiatives might differ from command-and-control regulation and the broader implications of this apparent movement towards the privatisation of regulation.
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