Mining industry seeks to polish its tarnished reputation
To counter rising criticism, the industry says it wants to adopt standards of good governance
London — The global mining industry may be talking about showing a greater commitment towards respect for human rights and the environment, but is accused of wanting to improve its reputation without seeking real progress.
Wildcat miners, including children, are risking their lives daily to unearth metals and minerals they sell to mining companies. In return, they earn a subsistence wage but not the working rights of a legal and salaried mining group employee.