Friday, 11 September 2015
Mine Cages, Skips, and Cars: Advancing Children’s Rights in Mining
According to a recent article from The Guardian, Canada is currently the headquarters of more than half of the world’s publicly-traded mining companies. These companies have a far-reaching supply chain, having more than 8,000 mining projects across six continents that involve practically every aspect of mining (exploration, construction, production, and closure) and employ almost every piece of heavy equipment available (excavators, dump trucks, drills, mine cages, skips, and rail cars). One huge potential risk for these businesses is having projects that are located in developing countries where minors account for almost half of the local population—children below 18 who are prone to the negative effects of living so close to mines. To stave off these ill effects, a handful of Canadian mining companies are taking the initiative to study how to improve operations in a way that can benefit children in mining industries, and then implement the necessary changes.