Research Insights

Gender

Gender inequality runs deep in mining

Gender equality is clearly a challenge for the mining industry. In mining companies and mining-affected communities, women are most often at a disadvantage compared to their male counterparts. Are companies taking adequate action on these issues? Evidence suggests not.

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Business conduct Community Wellbeing Environmental Responsibility

Heritage lost to mining: a collective responsibility

Last month’s destruction by Rio Tinto of a 46,000-year-old site in Australia’s Juukan Gorge is part of a wider problem within the industry. The Foundation’s RMI Report 2020 reveals that many mining companies are still not committing not to mine in World Heritage Sites and to respect other protected areas.

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Water

Mining and Water: Are operational concerns overriding public interest?

While companies’ operational concerns about their water supply promote more regular reporting of water consumption levels, companies have largely neglected to publicly disclose locally relevant data on water quality...

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Tailings

Tailings management: What has changed since Brumadinho?

While an investor-led initiative has resulted in improved transparency about companies’ tailings storage facilities (TSF), the vast majority of companies are still unable to demonstrate that they are reviewing how effectively they are managing TSF-related risks...

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Economic Development Business conduct Lifecycle Management Community Wellbeing Working Conditions Environmental Responsibility

Corporate ESG disclosure: from external requirement to company-wide norm

Stronger disclosure of data on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is evident where mining companies are subject, or have signed up, to external requirements and reporting frameworks.

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Gender

Women Miners

How have mining companies responded to the challenges of making the traditionally male-dominated industry safer and more suitable for women workers? The gender-related results of the Responsible Mining Index (RMI) 2018 show how large-scale mining companies are performing on these issues.

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Tailings

Tailings Management: learnings and good practice

The devastating failure of the tailings dam at Vale’s Córrego do Feijão mine site in Brazil brings into shocking focus a major risk of mining that remains inadequately addressed by many mining companies.

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