Towards Sustainability in Nordic Mining

A path towards sustainability for the Nordic mining industry

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The mining industry has a major impact on society – from an economic, environmental and social perspective and due to a vast number of criteria. Which criteria should be given priority depends on where the mining operations take place. The purpose is to examine the Nordic mining industry´s sustainability practice and to develop a guideline for its sustainability efforts. The research methods used in the study include a literature review, a content analysis of sustainability reports, a review of existing sustainability initiatives, guidelines and tools, a stakeholder survey and interviews with mining company officials. Based on the findings, a sustainability criteria guideline is suggested in the areas of corporate governance, fair operating practices, economic aspects, human rights, labour practices, society and the environment.




This chapter presents the study’s findings. The literature review is presented in section 3.1, and the mining companies and the result of the website study is presented in section 3.2. The literature review and the study of the mining companies’ sustainability reports identified a number of sustainability initiatives, guidelines and tools that are used by the industry or have been studied in previous research. A review of existing sustainability initiatives, guidelines and tools and the results are presented in section 3.3. The result of the content analysis is presented in section 3.4, the result of the survey is presented in section 3.5 and, finally, the results of the interviews are presented in section 3.6.


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