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Environmental and social standards

We have 4 items tagged with ‘Environmental and social standards’.
  • Manantali dam in Mali (Photo: OMVS/SOGEM via Google license)

    Dams in Africa: Combining national and local development

    The economics and distribution of development benefits of large dams continue to be a source of controversy. Every dam is different, and efforts to generalise from a few (often well known, but sometimes exceptional) examples continue to cause challenges in reaching common ground on the past development contribution of the 50,000 dams worldwide today and the need for more

    9 December 2014 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Women washing laundry at Sélingué dam, Mali, the second largest provider of energy for the country (Photo: Alioune Ba/Global Water Initiative)

    Three big financial shifts put spotlight on social and environmental impacts of large dams — again

    With three big shifts in flows of finance rendering recent efforts to limit the environmental and social impacts of large dams marginal, backers of new dams are being urged to ensure safeguards are in place

    6 May 2014 | News | Natural resource management
  • Will a standard for social responsibility make any difference?

    But mainstream businesses have worked with standards for a long time – today's International Standards Organisation (ISO) has its origins nearly 100 y

    11 April 2012 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Deepwater Horizon one year on: what has the oil industry learned?

    A year ago today, the oil industry was shaken by a blowout on the Deepwater Horizon rig, 1500 metres deep in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion killed 11 people and spilled 200 million gallons of oil. BP’s bill – over US$8 billion to date – is expected to reach US$32 billion after all damage claims have been made.BP wasn’t solely responsible for the spill. BP’s contractors were also held to task, including Transocean, the rig owner; Halliburton, who did the cement job; and Cameron International, who built the blowout preventer. The incident highlighted the complexity – and vulnerability – of today’s oil and gas contracting arrangements.IIED’s new report Shared value, shared responsibility: a new approach to managing oil and gas contracting chains argues that a shift in industry culture is required to manage the challenges posed by complex chains of oil and gas contractors in increasingly risk-laden environments.

    20 April 2011 | Blog | Energy
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