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There is more to shared value than you might think

When the subject turns to value and values, it may be necessary to exercise caution and seek more information. This is not something to trifle with. Value and values are subject to variable meaning and understanding. Just what are we getting into by opening a conversation on this topic? First there is the problem that value and values can be both nouns and verbs. What's more, as nouns, these words have multiple meanings. They can refer to colour intensity, a linguistic unit, the duration of a sound note in music, and a numerical amount in algebra. Then there is the m...

What is the Social License to Operate

Research Scientist, lawyer, business administrator, PhD FEI University Brazil and Alicante University, Spain;  The Social License to Operate (SLO) is based on the assumption that the expectations of the communities affected by projects/activities of mining companies usually exceed the legal matters.  The SLO refers to the non-explicit part of the agreement made by industry with the society or the social group, and allows an extraction or processing operation to begin and continue their operations (Gunningham et al., 2004; Franks and Cohen, 2012).  The SLO concept ...

The birth of a new ocean

Zin Valley, Negev Desert, Israel: The valley looks towards the Dead Sea, a new ocean.

Earth first w

There is a slogan seen from time to time on T-shirts or the back of pick-up-trucks that reads: 'Earth first – we'll mine the other planets later'.  The words simultaneously reflect the limits of resources here on Earth, expectations that demand will exceed availability, and belief that technology will allow mankind to go into space to source resources in the future. The message can be read as optimistic, realistic or fatalistic, depending on your point of view. For many it remains close to the realm of fantasy, but as the articles in this edition of the magazin...