1st Edition

Local Communities and the Mining Industry Economic Potential and Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Edited By Nicolas D. Brunet, Sheri Longboat Copyright 2023
    206 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of the global mining sector and local communities by focusing on a number of international cases drawn from various locations in Canada, the Philippines, and Scandinavia.

    Mining’s contribution to economic development varies greatly across countries. In some, it has been a major engine of development, but in others, disputes have erupted over land use, property rights, environmental damage, and revenue sharing. Corporate social responsibility programs are increasingly relied upon to manage company-community relations, yet conflicts persist in many settings, with significant costs for companies and communities. Exploring the many factors and drivers that characterize relationships among different actors within the sector, the volume contributes towards the development of practical wisdom, collective understanding, common sense, and prudence required for the mining sector and community partners to realize the economic potential and social and environmental responsibilities of non-renewable resource development. The book examines case studies from Canada, Scandinavia, and the Philippines, three regions amongst the world's top countries of mining operations. Drawing on their extensive experience in these regions, the contributors explore distinctive mining sectors in the Global North and South, the variation surrounding different types of extractive industries, and at different scales, and the legal processes in place to protect local communities. Key themes include corporate social responsibility, impact assessment, foreign ownership, Indigenous Peoples, gender, local insurgency, and mining disasters as well as climate change. The book identifies areas of future research and pathways to achieving stronger, respectful, and mutually beneficial relationships at the nexus of global mineral extraction and local communities.

    This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of the extractive industries, natural resource management, sustainable business and corporate social responsibility, Indigenous studies, and sustainable planning and development.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.


    Nicolas D. Brunet, Sheri Longboat and Angela M. Asuncion

    PART 1: Global Reviews

    1 CSR, SLO and local mining communities

    John F. Devlin

    2 Applying corporate social responsibilities: IBAs and mining within the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples

    Ken Coates

    3 Digging for accountability in Canada: Structural power inequalities in the Global South mining industry

    Angela M. Asuncion, Nicolas D. Brunet and Dominique Caouette

    4 Gender, indigeneity and mining

    Chelsea Major, Sheri Longboat and Silvia Sarapura-Escobar

    PART 2: Local Cases

    5 Corporate social responsibility, Indigenous Peoples and mining in Scandinavia

    Carin Holroyd

    6 After the mine has left: The case of Maricalum Mining Corp.

    John Edison Ubaldo, Dominique Caouette and Miguel Paolo Reyes

    7 Indigenous Peoples and the uranium mining sector in northern Saskatchewan

    Ken Coates, Carin Holroyd and Britt Baumann

    8 Mining, climate change and Indigenous Peoples in Ontario, Canada: Intersecting impacts and the role of corporate social responsibility

    Jordan Scholten, Emma De Melo and Nicolas D. Brunet


    Nicolas D. Brunet is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph, Canada, where he holds the Latornell Professorship in Environmental Stewardship.

    Sheri Longboat (Mohawk) Six Nations of the Grand River, is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph, Canada.