About Mining and Society
Socio-economic impact means for example effects of the mining sector, in addition to traditional economically quantifiable factors, on factors which are not easily measured but important such as: Health and safety issues, environmental effects, regional distribution of value added, employment and other benefits arising out of the industry.
Especially to local and indigenous peoples point of view it is important to pay attention to possible negative effects of mining activity like waste, pollution, noise and attitudes of the local society showing towards pollutants connected to mining activity (HSE issues), and the response of mining management and regulating authorities to these attitudes.
Companies’ recruitment strategies, rotation, work time arrangements and different working conditions are one element in the socio-economic study and incorporated in the health part. Other research shows that long hours and shift work over time affects the health of the workers.
These questions will be studied also in light of one’s gender and answers can be given if there will rise some problems or risks. It is possible to study recruitment of competent workforce and how this affects the migration to the municipality/rotation, composition of population (youngsters, children, female) and municipal service needed for population growth (housing, schools, and kindergartens) as well as value added activity in the society and how the company and their subcontractors contribute.
Socio-economic study gives possibilities to compare different mines, regions and countries and show the possibilities to implement a good socio-economic practice in the local community.
Outokumpu Chrome Oy Kemi Mine, Finland
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