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Indigenous Human Resource Practices in Australian Mining Companies: Towards an Ethical Model


Mining companies in Australia are increasingly required to interact with Indigenous groups as stakeholders following Native Title legislation in the early 1990s. A study of five mining companies in Australia reveals that they now undertake a range of programs involving Indigenous communities, to assist with access to land, and to enhance their public profile. However, most of these initiatives emanate from carefully quarantined sections of mining companies. Drawing upon cross-cultural and diversity research in particular, this paper contends that only initiatives that strive towards power sharing with Indigenous groups and strategies for broadening the organizational interface with Indigenous groups, will contribute to more ethical practices in mining and other companies.

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Crawley, A., Sinclair, A. Indigenous Human Resource Practices in Australian Mining Companies: Towards an Ethical Model. Journal of Business Ethics 45, 361–373 (2003).

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  • cross-cultural training
  • diversity
  • Indigenous communities
  • power-sharing
  • racism
  • two-way adaption model