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Mostly harmless? The state of GRI reporting in the Melanesian mining sector at the release of the Mining and Metals Sector Supplement

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Event details

RE&D Research Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 08 April 2010
12.30pm–1.30pm

Venue

Seminar Room B, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU

Speaker

Dr John Burton

Contacts

Peter Wood
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Abstract
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is an international framework used by organisations to show how they fare against sustainability goals. In 2009, according to the GRI’s publicity, companies in the mining and metals sector came third among all industry sectors using GRI reporting and companies based in Oceania were responsible for 10% of GRI reports submitted worldwide. A closer inspection, however, shows that only 7 of over 30 mining companies with investments in PNG or the Solomon Islands, where all mining takes place on Indigenous land, used GRI reporting. All seven either omitted the only reporting indicator concerning the presence of Indigenous people, did not answer the question the indicator asks, or failed to include their PNG/SI operation among those they did list as being on Indigenous land. The seminar examines the likely impact of the newly released GRI Mining and Metals Sector Supplement and considers whether the greatly increased detail the MMSS requires place it beyond the reporting capabilities of any mining companies currently operating in Melanesia.

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