The social dimensions of the minerals industry – how it deals with people, values, development, policy, regulation and a range of associated issues – are becoming increasingly critical to business success. Company public reports and conference papers suggest that companies’ engagement with critical social issues has increased over the past five years.
Despite this, it remains the least understood aspect of the concept of sustainable development's 'triple bottom line' of economy, environment and society. CSIRO has combined its knowledge of the minerals sector with its social science expertise to undertake an analysis of the social dimensions of the Australian minerals industry. The research is captured in this report, which: provides an overview of recent literature; explores current research and industry perspectives; identifies research and practice gaps.