Private Governance in the Gold Mining Sector

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter begins by exploring the literature on rationales for firm self-regulation. Secondly, this chapter traces the emergence of private governance in the mining sector, showing that a shift in norms and the growing expectation that business is responsible for the economic and social development of local communities are seen as driving the emergence of private governance initiatives. Lastly, Elbra develops a three-tiered framework for analysing the private governance initiatives that have emerged in Africa’s gold mining sector, specifically those developed at the firm, industry and multistakeholder levels. Of particular interests are the ICMM, World Gold Council, ISO14001 and the EITI; the strengths and weaknesses of these firm-led initiatives are analysed throughout the remainder of this chapter.


Corporate Social Responsibility Gold Mining Global Reporting Initiative Mining Sector British Petroleum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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