‘Sustainable mining’? Corporate social responsibility, migration and livelihood choices in Zambia

Gilberthorpe, Emma, Agol, Dorice and Gegg, Thomas (2016) ‘Sustainable mining’? Corporate social responsibility, migration and livelihood choices in Zambia. Journal of Development Studies, 52 (11). pp. 1517-1532. ISSN 0022-0388

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Whilst Corporate Social Responsibility is now part and parcel of many multinational mining operations, and a ‘sustainable mining’ narrative a fundamental part of their public persona, companies still struggle to provide secure, long-term livelihoods for either locals or the swathe of migrants mining attracts. Minimal opportunities in the formal sector leave migrants in particular engaging in informal and illegal activities that offer poor livelihood security. In this paper we examine these activities in Northern Zambia’s emerald mines to highlight some of the issues and barriers to sustainable development that exist across mining zones. We conclude that livelihood choices are not augmented by a so-called ‘sustainable mining’ approach that fails to engage all sectors of the population. We show the numerous challenges faced by migrants in this part of Zambia to accentuate the factors that need to be addressed before favourable environments for fostering sustainable mining might be achieved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable mining ,migration,sustainable development,mining,livelihood security,sdg 12 - responsible consumption and production ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/responsible_consumption_and_production
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Globalisation and CSR
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 13:00
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2024 02:44
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/58280
DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2016.1189534

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