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15th June 2024

Title: Coping with Unsustainability Published: October 2013

Summary: Policy Gap 7 is the Bench Marks Foundation’s latest study. It focuses on CSR and Mining, but in this case on one specific mining company: Lonmin. In this study we look at Lonmin’s reporting of itself over a period of around 10 years in its corporate Social Development Reports. It seems as if the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) discourse is all about reporting in order to be seen to be making progress. However, mining also has a number of disastrous side effects. As much as mining has contributed to developing the South African economy (the city of Johannesburg itself bearing testimony to this) it also has negative economic, social and environmental consequences…

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