Edited by Stephen Tully
Chapter 72: AustrlianÂ„Asian Pacific Mining Network: Principles for the Conduct of Company Operations within the Minerals Industry, 1997
72. Australian–Asian Pacific Mining Network: Principles for the Conduct of Company Operations within the Minerals Industry, 1997 Commentary: The Principles are not a code of conduct but rather guidelines from which groups and organisations may draw information to develop mining agreements. They are not final or definitive but form the basis for ongoing negotiations. The Principles represent the collective views of the Australian Asia-Pacific Mining Network as at 1997 and are not necessarily the current views of any particular NGO, partner group or grassroot community network affected by mining within the AsiaPacific region. See further, mining declarations arising from meetings in Bali (part of the World Summit on Sustainable Development); Manado, Indonesia (the first international conference on submarine tailings disposal); Madang, Papua New Guinea (PNG–specific mining); and India (concerning Women and Mining). The Network includes the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), the Australian Council for Overseas Aid, the Australian Red Cross, Amnesty International, Community Aid Abroad, the Mineral Policy Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Uniting Church–Social Responsibility & Justice. These organisations do not endorse those Principles falling outside their mandate. The Network considers that where legislative implementation or international treaties are not viable enforcement options, possible sanctions include removing tax concessions, access to government loans and/or insurance. Only the Principles are reproduced below (available through www.natural-resources.org/minerals/csr/practices.htm) and the useful explanatory commentary, quotations, further references and bibliography are omitted. For other NGO initiatives, see ACF (1995), ‘Principles for the Conduct of Australian Mining Companies operating in...
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