Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)


Mining Engineering

Committee Chair

Thomas Camm

First Advisor

Chris Roos

Second Advisor

Kumar Ganesan


In a push to reach more responsible and sustainable business practices, extractive resource industries like the mining and oil industry have faced increasing pressures to update their policies to reflect the global trend of improving environmental and social responsibility. Industries have adopted numerous corporate social responsibility (CSR) frameworks to shape policies to improve sustainability, mitigate risk, and increase marketability. A CSR that has become increasingly relevant within the mining industry is the use of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) to influence sustainability policy. Mining companies have adopted ESG as a method to influence their corporate policy to manage public relations, environmental concerns, and leadership-related risks. The objective of this thesis is to investigate how companies within the mining industry use ESG to shape their corporate guidelines and understand the growing trend of how mining companies use ESG to manage sustainability-related risk and improve their financial potential. This thesis will analyze three major companies within the mining industry by studying how they use ESG as a corporate social responsibility framework using publicly available data.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science, Mining Engineering.