Corporate sustainability reporting for water: water footprint, global reporting initiative and the water accounting framework

Danoucaras, A. N., Woodley, A. and Vink, S. (2013). Corporate sustainability reporting for water: water footprint, global reporting initiative and the water accounting framework. In: Z. Agioutantis, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI 2013). Sixth International Conference Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI 2013), Milos Island, Greece, (595-600). 30 June - 3 July 2013.

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Author Danoucaras, A. N.
Woodley, A.
Vink, S.
Title of paper Corporate sustainability reporting for water: water footprint, global reporting initiative and the water accounting framework
Conference name Sixth International Conference Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI 2013)
Conference location Milos Island, Greece
Conference dates 30 June - 3 July 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI 2013)
Place of Publication Imerovigli, Greece
Publisher Heliotopos
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9789606746147
Editor Z. Agioutantis
Start page 595
End page 600
Total pages 6
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Three initiatives with respect to water reporting in the mining sector are compared in this paper to understand the quantities that are asked for by each initiative and the guidelines of those initiatives through means of a case study. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) was chosen because it has achieved widespread acceptance amongst mining companies and its water-related indicators are widely reported in corporate sustainability reporting. In contrast, the Water Footprint Network, which has been an important initiative in food and agricultural industries, has had low acceptance in the mining industry. The third initiative is the Water Accounting Framework, a collaboration between The Minerals Council of Australia and the Sustainable Minerals Institute of the University of Queensland. A water account had previously been created according to the Water Accounting Framework for the case study site, an open pit coal mine in the Bowen Basin. The resulting account provided consistent data for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Water Footprint attributable to mining but in particular, a deficiency in the GRI indicator of EN10 reuse and recycling efficiency was illustrated quantitatively. This has farreaching significance due to the widespread use of GRI indicators in mining corporate reports.
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Created: Thu, 11 Jul 2013, 13:08:47 EST by Ms Natasha Danoucaras on behalf of Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry