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 October 25, 2006
Call for papers on Corporate Responsibility

 London, UK - A special issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Greener Management International (GMI) is being prepared on environmental corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the mining, oil and gas industries. The focus will be on specifically the environmental aspects of CSR rather than trying to cover all forms of CSR. The journal editors are seeking abstracts for papers on these issues.

This special issue of the journal will be edited by Saleem Ali of the University of Vermont (USA) and Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh from Griffith University in Australia.

The aim is to develop an academically grounded but policy-driven compendium which can be a positive force for change. Some of the issues that could be covered in the journal are:
  • Local versus global environmental problems (issues of renewable energy, carbon sequestration etc.)
  • Public perception and scientific impact: the disconnect between scientific solutions to environmental management of mines and public perception of these issues (drawing on the literature on social construction of science)
  • Corporate culture and the landscape: drawing on the literature on organizational behaviour and institutional psychology, how differences in corporate culture and leadership affect views of the environment and environmental performance.
  • Industry and environmentalists: The growing partnerships between NGOS and industry as well as continuing tensions in some areas.
  • EIS process and implementation: The role of environmental planning processes for new development projects and how these affect corporate behaviour. The state and environmental accountability: ranging from state regulatory processes, to state-owned extractive enterprises, to conflicts of interests between political financing and industry lobbying efforts.
  • Voluntary regulations: The efficacy of voluntary compliance programs as a flexible alternative to 'command and control' regulations.
  • Gender and the environment: The role of women in promoting environmental consciousness in the mining sector, particularly in developing countries.
  • Biodiversity and the extractive sectors: Growing concern about extractive enterprises in protected wildlife areas; innovative strategies such as the partnership between IUCN and ICMM.
  • Human rights, mining and the environment: The evolving legal norm that the right to a clean environment is also a human right; consequences for the mining sector of litigation such as Alien Torts Claims Act cases against mining and oil companies. Environmental legacy versus closure: Dealing with past grievances as a means of improving current environmental performance; planning for closure to prevent future "legacy issues."
  • Indigenous-environmental connection, e.g. the use of environmental criteria in Mining or Impact Benefit Agreements.
  • Environmental reporting and corporate performance
The citation format for the journal can be "found here". Abstracts should be sent to the guest editors first as noted in the timeline below:
  • 30 November 2006: Abstracts due to guest editors: Saleem@alum.mit.edu and ciaran.ofaircheallaigh@griffith.edu.au
  • 15 January 2007: Notice to prepare papers
  • 15 March 2007: Deadline submission of full papers
  • 15 May 2007: Notice of final acceptance and direction for revision Publication: Autumn or Winter 2007