Social licence and mining: a critical perspective

Owen, John R. and Kemp, Deanna (2013) Social licence and mining: a critical perspective. Resources Policy, 38 1: 29-35. doi:10.1016/j.resourpol.2012.06.016

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Author Owen, John R.
Kemp, Deanna
Title Social licence and mining: a critical perspective
Journal name Resources Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4207
1873-7641
Publication date 2013-03
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.resourpol.2012.06.016
Open Access Status
Volume 38
Issue 1
Start page 29
End page 35
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In 2002 the International Institute of Environment and Development published the landmark report Breaking New Ground: Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD). The report portrayed an industry distrusted by stakeholders and under threat from opposition groups. When read closely, the MMSD report reveals an inextricable link between industry's ‘survival’ instincts and the notion of a social licence. Within the context of a growing divergence around the expectations of minerals-led development, social licence has emerged as an industry response to opposition and a mechanism to ensure the viability of the sector. The objective of this article is to reinvigorate discussion and debate over how best to frame the industry's social and environmental obligations and how these obligations can be met by the sector. Where social licence has contributed to raising the profile of social issues within a predominantly industrial discourse, a primary failure is its inability to articulate a collaborative developmental agenda for the sector or a pathway forward in restoring the lost confidence of impacted communities, stakeholders, and pressure groups. We argue that a necessary first step in this process is for industry to reconcile its internal risk-orientation with external expectations which requires a less defensive and more constructive approach to stakeholder engagement and collaboration.
Keyword Social licence
Mining
Sustainable development
Corporate social responsibility
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 15 September 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining Publications
Official 2013 Collection
Sustainable Minerals Institute Publications
 
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