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Åsa Lindman, Helena Ranängen, Osmo Kauppila, Guiding corporate social responsibility practice for social license to operate: A Nordic mining perspective, The Extractive Industries and Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 892-907, ISSN 2214-790X,

Guiding corporate social responsibility practice for social license to operate : a Nordic mining perspective

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Author: Lindman, Åsa1; Ranängen, Helena2; Kauppila, Osmo3
Organizations: 1Economics, Luleå University of Technology, 971 87 Luleå, Sweden
2Quality Technology and Logistics, Luleå University of Technology, 971 87 Luleå, Sweden
3Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulun yliopisto, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-12-07


Mining activities can benefit the local economy, although they can also have a negative impact on society and the local environment. As the negative impacts have engendered an increased stakeholder pressure over the last decades the mining industry has given considerable attention to its social and environmental impacts by practicing corporate social responsibility (CSR). This article presents a case study on the Nordic mining industry and its stakeholders with the aim of investigating how a mining company and its stakeholders evaluate sustainability aspects, describing the similarities and differences in their evaluations and exploring whether the concept of materiality analysis can be used as a tool for a company’s strategic CSR practice. The mining company X was selected as the case company based on its high CSR profile, sustainability reporting, local context and interesting field competencies. Data has been collected through workshops with management groups, stakeholder surveys and stakeholder interviews. A sustainability aspect matrix was developed which the management groups at Company X and their identified stakeholders evaluated. The materiality analysis visualized the similarities and differences in a good way and the management groups regarded it as a useful tool for their strategic CSR practice.

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Series: The extractive industries and society
ISSN: 2214-790X
ISSN-E: 2214-7918
ISSN-L: 2214-790X
Volume: 7
Issue: 3
Pages: 892 - 907
DOI: 10.1016/j.exis.2020.07.013
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This work was conducted as a part of the Strategic innovation program STRIM, a joint venture by Vinnova, Formas and the Swedish Energy Agency.
Copyright information: © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (