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Corporate social responsibility in the mining industry: Exploring trends in social and environmental disclosure

Jenkins, H and Yakovleva, N (2006) Corporate social responsibility in the mining industry: Exploring trends in social and environmental disclosure Journal of Cleaner Production, 14 (3-4). pp. 271-284.

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Abstract

In recent years, concerns about the sustainability and social responsibility (CSR) of businesses have become an increasingly high profile issue in many countries and industries, none more so than the mining industry. For mining, one outcome of the CSR agenda is the increasing need for individual companies to justify their existence and document their performance through the disclosure of social and environmental information. This paper explores recent trends in the reporting of such impacts and issues in the global mining industry. It offers a detailed review of the development of the media of social and environmental disclosure in the mining industry, and of the factors that drive the development of such disclosure. A temporal analysis of the recent trends in disclosure using a case study of the world's 10 largest mining companies is presented. Whilst there is evidence of increasing sophistication in the development of social and environmental disclosure, there is considerable variation in the maturity of reporting content and styles of these companies. The paper offers a simple classification of reporting companies, from 'leaders' to 'laggards'. Stronger leadership and co-operation from the top reporting companies is necessary to support the laggards of the industry. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Jenkins, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Yakovleva, Nn.yakovleva@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2006
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jclepro.2004.10.004
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:31
Last Modified : 16 May 2017 15:31
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/820172

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