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Research study “Sustainability Schemes for Mineral Resources – A Comparative Overview“

For the last two decades, several new sustainability schemes for the mining level and mineral supply chains have been developed that focus on various commodities, mining scales, supply chain tiers, countries and issues. That’s why the current debate is mostly about how sustainability schemes can better be harmonized and work together in order to improve stakeholders’ orientation and understanding of schemes,  reduce costs for certification and deliver measurable progress in sustainability. This report presents a comparative overview of nineteen sustainability schemes, their features and moreover closer delineates focused management activities, differences in standard design, traceability, assurance and transparency of standard compliance. In order to provide comparability among sustainability requirements for the mining level in particular, the standard documents of the nineteen schemes were screened for relevant aspects and a consolidated framework of issues was developed. Furthermore, the extent of requirements of each scheme was estimated and visualized for each issue. Finally, the report gives recommendations for harmonization e.g. through a common modular standard. Harmonization could foster comparability and credibility which can result in greater uptake. Indeed, concerted efforts of numerous actors are needed to realize responsible mining worldwide. However, increased harmonization of standards will always depend on the willingness of the involved stakeholders to reach a consensus on objectives and approaches.

Kickler, K. and Franken, G. (2017), "Sustainability Schemes for Mineral Resources: A Comparative Overview", Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR)
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Scientific Papers

Conference Contributions

Tröster, R.; Drempetic, S.; Sauer, P.; Krause, F.; Hiete, M. (2017): Stakeholder Acceptance of Sustainability Standard Systems in Mining - World Resources Forum 2017, 24./25. October 2017, Geneve, Switzerland.

Kelling, N.; Sauer, P. (2017): Shaping a more sustainable commodity supply – Evidence from the South African mining sector -  Herbsttagung der Kommission Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement des Verbandes der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V., 11-13 October, Köln, Germany.

Drempetic, S.; Zwergel, B.; Klein, C. (2017): What do ESG Ratings really measure? - The role of non-content related data for the ESG score of a company - 16th Finance, Risk and Accounting Perspectives (FRAP) and 2nd Social and Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing (SSFII) Conference, September 2017, Cambridge, UK.

Sauer, P.C.; Seuring, S. (2017): Major Issues in Sustainable Supply Chain Management for Minerals - a Delphi Study - EurOMA Conference 2017, 1-5 July, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Kickler, K., Tröster, R. (2016): NamiRo - Nachhaltig gewonnene mineralische Rohstoffe - r4-Konferenz: Innovative Technologie für Ressourceneffizienz - Bereitstellung wirtschaftsstrategischer Rohstoffe, 20./21. Oktober 2016, Hannover.

Sauer, P. C., Seuring, S. (2016): Evaluating standards for sustainable minerals from a supply chain perspective - EurOMA Conference 2016, 17-22 June 2016, Trondheim, Norway.

Sauer, P. C., Seuring, S. (2016): Complementing the Minerals Supply Chain by introducing Regional Upstream Focal Firms - 3rd International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum, 11-12 April, Lancaster, United Kingdom.

Tröster, R.; Hiete, M. (2016): Determining Aspects of Institutional Design of Sustainability Initiatives Including the Mining Sector - 1st International Conference Mining in Europe (AIMS), 18.05.-19.05.2016, Aachen.

Hiete, M., Tröster, R. (2015): Standard setting for mineral raw materials – a chance for more sustainability in newly industrialized countries? – 7th German-Brazilian Symposium, 04-10.10.2015, Heidelberg.

Hiete, M. (2015): Standard setting for responsible mining – a path towards sustainability? – Santander International Summer Schools for Doctoral Students “Arising Awareness, Sustainable Development of Human Society within the Frame of Planet Earth”, 26.09 -04.10.2015, Heidelberg.

Hiete, M. (2015): Mögliche Zielsysteme für die Zertifizierung einer nachhaltigen Gewinnung von mineralischen Rohstoffen. – 77. Jahrestagung des Verbands der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft (VHB), 27-29.05.2015, Vienna.

Sauer, P. C.; Seuring, S. (2015): Sustainable Supply Chain Management for Mining and Minerals: Review and Research Directions. - 22nd EurOMA Conference. Neuchâtel, Switzerland, June 27th - July 1st 2015

Hiete, M., Hahn, R.; Klein, Ch.; Roscher, M.; Seuring, St. (2014): Decommodisation – a framework for more transparent and sustainable commodities. –GeoFrankfurt, 21.-24. September 2014