Mineral Resource Use: Not So Much a Bottomless Pit

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The pace of mineral resource extraction is increasing because the mineral resource-reliant global economy continues to grow. An expanding global population, rising living standards in developing economies, and relevant megatrends, including the impending global transition to mineral-intensive renewable power generation, are placing increasing pressure on Earth's nonrenewable mineral resources. With these realities in mind, we've developed a framework to distinguish between the mineral resources that pose the greatest ESG risk to investors—which we designate as Mineral Resources of Supply Concern, or MRoSC—and those that are less problematic.

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