Workers come out worst in Responsible Mining Index

Published: 16 Apr 2018

A comprehensive new index, ranking large-scale mining companies in six different performance areas, has found that companies are scoring lowest on working conditions.

The Responsible Mining Index 2018, launched in Geneva, Switzerland, on 11 April, assesses 30 global mining companies on several economic, environmental, social and governance issues, including working conditions.

“While there is no winner in this ranking, the loser is clear – workers,” said IndustriALL Global Union Assistant General Secretary, Kemal Özkan, speaking at the launch. “The Index shows what we have known all along - that while there is often the commitment from mining companies to do better, this does not turn into action.”

CFMEU Mining and Energy Director of Research, Peter Colley, participated in the development of the index and said,

“Rather than simply looking for company statements of principle and intent on an issue, the Index seeks to drill down looking for documentary evidence on what practices have been adopted, and then what performance and monitoring is occurring.”