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Titel (primär) One concept fits it all? On the relationship between geoethics and responsible mining
Autor Ayeh, D.; Bleicher, A.;
Journal / Serie Extractive Industries and Society-An International Journal
Erscheinungsjahr 2021
Department SUSOZ;
Band/Volume 8
Heft 3
Sprache englisch;
Keywords Geoethics; Responsible mining; CSR; Mining industry; Corporate actors

The increasing incorporation of ethical considerations and moral values into industry practices is a recent trend in mining governance, often included under the umbrella term ‘responsible mining’. The respective practices, norms and standards target corporations as ‘collective actors’. Within this paper we argue that this perspective falls short insofar as it disregards the different roles and positions of individual professionals in enacting ethics. This is due to the fact that the complex make-up of mining economies in terms of places, timeframes and social relations is not adequately considered in schemes for responsible mining. We approach the issue from two directions: First, we introduce the concept of geoethics that has been suggested as professional ethics in geosciences and related fields of work. Second, we confront it with the structural characteristics of the global mining sector by reviewing organizational features and the role of professionals in implementing ethics. Based on these reviews we argue that geoethics has the potential to complement dominant approaches of corporations as ethical actors by a focus on individuals. Yet it does so far not adequately deal with the different and sometimes competing responsibilities in the mining industry, notably (potential) tensions between individual and institutional responsibility.

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Ayeh, D., Bleicher, A. (2021):
One concept fits it all? On the relationship between geoethics and responsible mining
Extr. Ind. Soc. 8 (3), art. 100934