Metals: Social Footprint

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Social Footprint of Metals

The social footprint of metals refers to the social impact of metal materials.

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Health and safety

  • Metal mining and processing can pose significant risks to workers' health and safety.
    • For example, exposure to toxic substances, accidents, and occupational diseases.
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Community impacts

  • Metal extraction projects can impact local communities.
    • For example, land displacement, loss of livelihoods, conflict over resources, and changes in traditional ways of life.
  • Disruptions to communities can lead to social tensions.
    • For example, challenges in achieving sustainable development.
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Human rights

  • The mining and production of metals can be associated with human rights abuses.
    • For example, child labour, unsafe working conditions, and forced labour.
  • Human rights abuses are more prevalent in regions where regulations and labour standards are weaker.
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Supply chain transparency

  • The complex global supply chains for metals can make it difficult to trace the origins of raw materials.
    • This can lead to unethical practices or the use of conflict minerals.
  • It is crucial to ensure transparency and responsible sourcing for social concerns.
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Mitigating social footprints

  • Efforts are being made by industry, governments, and civil society organisations to mitigate the social footprint of metals.
    • For example, responsible sourcing initiatives and efforts to improve working conditions.

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7Designing & Making Principles

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