The mining industry is increasingly addressing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues as a matter of urgency, as protection of natural resources continues to shape the global business agenda.
According to EY’s latest report on the mining sector, opportunities for mining and metals companies will continue to outweigh risks in 2022.
When it comes to gold mining, unfortunately, all that shines is not only the precious mineral. Glistening among most gold mining operations are toxic chemicals like cyanide and mercury and wastewater-filled tailing dams that catch water infused with harmful chemicals and other mining by-products.
Humanity’s penchant for gold has prevailed since nearly 7,000 years ago. What is thought to be the world’s oldest gold artifact — a tiny gold bead 4mm in diameter — was found in Bulgaria by archaeologists and dates back to 4,500-4,600 B.C. (between 6,500 years to 6,600 years ago).