2015 Mining Review by ICMM

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) was established in 2001 to act as a catalyst for performance improvement in the mining and metals industry. ICMM is a membership organization, led by the CEOs of many of the world’s largest mining and metals companies and associations. ICMM is committed to enhancing environmental stewardship, human well-being and the role of mining and metals in society. – www.icmm.com.

They have just released their 2015 Annual Review: A global approach to collaboration, outlining industry leading work on water management, climate change, engagement with Indigenous Peoples and responsible sourcing.

The review examines the progress being made to improve performance in the mining and metals industry through closer global collaboration. ICMM chair Andrew Michelmore (CEO, MMG) notes that ‘[o]ver the last 15 years, ICMM has fostered significant progress in raising standards within the mining and metals industry: through leading practice guidance, policy engagement and collaborative partnerships. These are essential tasks and, throughout this report, we illustrate the positive steps the industry has taken.’

To obtain the report just click here or visit their website (above).

Responsible sourcing for mining & metals – ICMM

Companies have a shared responsibility for the materials that they produce. Demonstrating value focuses on the two complementary sides of the responsible sourcing debate – sustainable procurement and responsible supply.

A client (a small to medium sized operation) recently asked my help to certify the origin of its production in a neighbouring country of DRC. If it’s diamonds we talking about, there are already standard procedures in place (it’s relatively easy); if it’s one of the 3TG (tin,tantalum, tungsten or gold), then it’s a complex maze, especially if you are outside the Great Lakes countries but in their shadow (neighbouring countries).

In this situation, there is no one locally to whom you may ask for advice (no financing for institutions to have representations in the countries outside the main focus of attention; yet local producers have to “exercise supply chain due diligence“, whatever this is (don’t bother explaining the concept, I understand it in theory; how does a small to medium operation puts it into practice?).

I use ICMM (as well as CIM and PDAC’s) guidelines and publications in the projects I design; I did it in the past and am doing it now in an exploration project in Angola. I must confess that I only check for new ICMM updates on a need to use basis; this time I downloaded the new report on responsible sourcing from today’s e-mail. Perhaps I will get (and my client) some insight from this document.

You may obtain it here or directly from ICMM website.

The role of mining in national economies (2nd edition) – ICMM

I missed last year’s ICMM publication; in case you also didn’t get it: The role of mining in national economies (2nd edition).

This second edition of The role of mining in national economies provides an update on the contribution of mining activities in each of the world’s 214 national economies. The report extends the analysis to capture the recent downturn in the mineral prices (2010-2012) as well providing a deeper understanding of the role of mining in poverty reduction.

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(https://www.icmm.com/publications)