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Environment and Employment Top Mining & Metals CSR Agenda

Geneva, Switzerland, June 07, 2007 --( Environment and employment are currently the major concerns regarding the Mining & Metals industry’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) record, states a report released today by Geneva-based reputation research firm Covalence, Covalence Mining & Metals Industry Report 2007.

For 2006 to 2007, the top positive and negative issues both have to do with environmental collaboration (support climate change strategies) or degradation (negative environmental change around mines and plants).

Interestingly, the second most important positive and negative topics for June 2006 to May 2007 also share a common focus. The issue here is on employment, both the satisfaction of new employment opportunities and the dissatisfaction with current jobs. The positive issue is Economic impact by creating additional employment, while the negative issue regards Strike for a wage increase. The high amount of news regarding creation of employment signifies the important impact the Mining and Metals industry has to offer for local economic development. The satisfaction of job creation might not hold strong, however, if the amount of dissatisfaction regarding wages increases.

The perceived differences between living conditions of mine workers and living conditions of end product consumers should generate increased coverage of labour issues in the future.

Although Mining & Metals is still ranked sixth out of ten, the EthicalQuote reputation curve calculated for this industry has seen a reduction in growth from June 2006 to May 2007, after a strong progression in 2005. Does the CSR momentum of the Mining & Metals industry belong to the past?

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