Research Insights

Why is gender still off the agenda of mining companies?

The Responsible Mining Foundation has been tracking gender action by mining companies since 2017 and the latest results are just in. The findings again show striking contrasts in what companies choose to focus on – gender balance in headquarter teams is quite widely addressed while gender in affected communities is largely ignored.

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Beyond emissions reductions: climate change and mining

Commendable and important as mining companies’ commitments to become carbon-neutral are, emissions reduction is only one element of a responsible response to climate change. Recent research by RMF reveals that action to assess and address climate-related risks on people and environments impacted by mining – yet essential for a just transition – is conspicuously missing from current efforts by mining companies.

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Fostering community-company engagement to address environmental impacts of mining

Recent initiatives by ETH and RMF illustrate the potential for mining-affected communities to actively engage with local mining companies on environmental issues.

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Commodity trading transactions with governments: corporate transparency still rare

Recent research by RMF shows that very few of the companies making these trades disclose data about the payments they make. Normalisation of the public disclosure of commodity trading transactions is critically important to support financial integrity and good governance of extractive resources.

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Time to normalise respect and remedy for Human Rights in mining

What is the current status of human rights in the mining sector? Ten years after the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), data from the RMI Report 2020 shows that the large mining companies assessed score on average a low 19% on human rights-related issues.

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Tailings risks: maintaining momentum

At the second anniversary of the tailings dam burst in Brumadinho, Brazil that killed at least 270 people and destroyed the livelihoods and environments for many others, the mining industry seems more willing than ever to take the issue of tailings risks seriously.

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Mining and the SDGs: how to address the materiality mismatch?

This Research Insight dives into the results found for three topics that have been on the list of “material” issues of most mining companies, shareholders, investors and lenders for years: Communities, Water and Gender. They all show a significant gap between what is being addressed by mining companies and what society expects, as framed in the SDGs.

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Human rights defenders: Are mining companies playing their part?

The latest RMI Report 2020 reveals that most companies fail to demonstrate even a commitment to respect the internationally accepted rights and protections accorded to human rights defenders.

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