Assessing and managing the socio-economic impacts of projects: A review of current mining industry practice

Assessing and managing the socio-economic impacts of projects: A review of current mining industry practice Report

  • Author(s): Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining,
  • Secondary Author(s): Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland
  • Published: 2007
  • Publisher: The University of Queensland

Abstract: The context for this review is the recently released Sustainable Futures Strategy for Queensland Mining Towns (Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport & Recreation, 2006) which includes as one of its proposed actions: Improve the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to ensure the socio-economic impacts of mining project development are addressed in every new and expanded project. The focus of this review is primarily on how these issues are being addressed from a corporate, rather than regulatory, perspective. The review also considers international practice, where relevant. The paper proceeds as follows. Part One provides an overview of what industry and corporate policies have to say about the responsibilities of companies in regards to the management of socio-economic impacts. Part Two focuses on the operational level, highlighting key trends and emerging areas of „good practice. Part Three deals specifically with current industry practice in Australia in relation to the funding of community infrastructure. Part Four makes some suggestions about how Government might engage constructively with the minerals sector in the Queensland context to ensure that the socio-economic impacts of mining projects are being appropriately managed.

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Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining,, 2007, Assessing and managing the socio-economic impacts of projects: A review of current mining industry practice, Report, viewed 16 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3956.

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