Ethics and The Mining Industry

Everyday minerals from the earth are extracted, removed and formed into something new, when you look back, to pause and ponder at what has been formed, the human mind will be amazed. "This.. Came from that?" beautiful rubies have been created from very specific minerals which are combined together, and glittery diamonds have been formed from coal which has been under great pressure, but it isn't such a magical story when the curtains are unveiled, and the truth is shown. Where are the ethical principles which hold this industry together? A shovel is dug back into the ground, the wind blows onto the small particles of dirt, revealing the business conduct of the mining industry, but the ethical principles have been crushed just like how the rocks of the earth have been crushed, for they have not turned into gold, nor diamonds, nor rubies, these ethical principles of business conduct have been forgotten away in the wind, of toxic fumes. We see men with blood stains on their clothes, they remind us of the coal which has been forced under great levels of pressure, yet these people are not formed into something so beautiful, they are left inhaling toxic fumes, layering mercury to separate metal from rock, the neurotoxin delicately handled with their bare hands, just like how the truth is delicately handled and separated, forming into a lie.

According to the Oxford Dictionary (2014) ethics is defined as "Moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity" and "The branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles", so basically your ethics, or one's ethics are a set of principles, which shape your behaviour, they portray who you are, conducting your behaviour, actions, and words. Ali ibn Abu Talib is ...

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...t concluded that the amount of expenditure for the companies, collectively, was over $55 billion.(Lannin 2013). According to Terry Heymman, who is a member of this council, the amount also included payments to communities, payments to employers and employees, to businesses and suppliers and governments. (Gold 2013). Terry Heymman also stated that the benefits of gold mining are so great, they can't be measured; even the economy benefits from gold mining, royalties are everywhere, making up a huge section of the government's total revenue (Lannin 2013). Also, a few of the top members of a Wisconsin sand mining industry aimed to improve the association standards by creating a strict code of conduct. Even though they already had high levels of environmental protection, management and safety, they wanted to improve them, they aimed for self-regulation. (Rivedal 2012)

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