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Helena Ranängen
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Advancing CSR in the mining industry

Published: 16 November 2015

Helena Ranängen, PhD student in Industrial Environmental Management at Luleå University of Technology, has studied how Boliden's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice can be developed.

– The extractive industries are at the cutting edge when it comes to practising CSR. It has codes of conduct, CSR policies and does sustainability reporting. My research is about how it has integrated and implemented CSR in its everyday business.

Focus on the environment and society

The mining industry focus its CSR practice on environmental issues and occupational health and safety, for example to minimize; energy consumption, carbon emissions and pollution of air and water, biodiversity conservation and to provide for a safe working environment. Another major area of ​​focus is community involvement and development, to develop the local communities where it operates.

– Boliden works very structured with labour practices, occupational health and safety and environmental management. They also have a wide community involvement, but do not track the effect on the society. My research gives the mining industry tools to work in a more structured way.

An inside perspective

Helena Ranängen’s research differs from previously made in the area, because of the inside perspective she applied.

– I got full access to Boliden's intranet and its operational management systems where all relevant CSR documentation was available, for example; codes, policies, routines, instructions and records. I have also interviewed managers with the strategic responsibility for CSR and held workshops to study how these managers reacted to and appropriated established stakeholder theory.

The research was funded by the Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences at Luleå University of Technology.


Helena Ranängen

Helena Ranängen, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 491398
Organisation: ETSKVALO, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences