Mining with Principles

The modern world needs responsible mining and metals. Discover how mining with principles enables a safe, fair and sustainable mining industry

ENABLING CHANGE

No one can say how much of the metal used in our daily lives has been responsibly mined. This is because we cannot yet track the journey of most metals from the ground, through smelting, processing and trading floors, to our homes and communities.

What we can do is commit our members to mine with principles and adopt ways of working that sensitively manage the environmental impacts of mining, and maximise the potential social and economic benefits to host communities.

ICMM is an agent of change and is playing a leading role by working with the industry, communities and civil society.

Bringing together 25 of the world’s largest mining and metals companies, and over 30 regional and commodities associations, we promote ethical business that support sustainable development, and properly manage and mitigate environmental impacts.

ICMM’s Sustainable Development Framework, which has been progressively enhanced over time, offers one model for how this can be achieved.

ENABLING ETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICES

As well as providing the metals and minerals that are essential for modern society, mining provides economic and social development opportunities throughout the world.

For the mining and metals industry, this includes striving to apply ethical business practices and sound systems of corporate governance to support sustainable development and properly manage and mitigate environmental impacts. ICMM’s Sustainable Development Framework, which has been progressively enhanced over time, offers one model for how this can be achieved.

Respecting human rights

ICMM members are putting human rights at the heart of their operations. Read more here.

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Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the potential of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable development is about integrating the goals of a high quality of life, health, and prosperity with social justice, and maintaining the earth’s capacity to support life in all its diversity.

Sustainable water use

Find out more about how ICMM members are working to enhance water access in Peru.

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PROGRESS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES

The mining industry can generate significant economic and social benefits for local communities during the operating life of a mine and after its closure.

At ICMM, we believe that the sharing of benefits is best achieved through partnership and collaboration. Our members commit to inclusive decision-making with communities, to support economic development, to enhance wellbeing, and to expand the capabilities of communities to effectively engage with companies and governments on these issues.

We encourage mining and metals companies to support mining with principles, and strive to adopt business practices in line with our Sustainable Development Framework, to maximise the social and economic benefits of mining to host communities.

Inclusive economic opportunities

Read about how mining can produce economic opportunities for all.

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REDUCING OUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

We believe that environmental conservation and mining can co-exist when companies commit to a set of principles focussed on managing and mitigating the impact of mining and metals activities.

Our Sustainable Development Framework requires all ICMM member companies to commit to not mine or prospect in World Heritage Sites or legally designated protected areas, to adopt water management policies and practices that are socially equitable and environmentally friendly, and to contribute to conservation through the protection and restoration of ecosystems.

We encourage mining and metals companies to support mining with principles, and to promote or adopt sustainable practices in line with our Sustainable Development Framework, to reduce mining’s impact on the environment.

Climate change: meeting a critical global challenge

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“As custodians of mineral assets, mining companies can help harness their potential for the benefit of nations and host communities. With good governance and responsible mining practices, mineral resources can be a major driver of development.”

Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Oxford

About Us ICMM

ICMM is an international organisation working towards a universally safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry.

We collaborate with industry, governments, NGOs, and civil society partners to strengthen social and environmental performance, and champion the responsible production of the materials that people rely on.

We believe that only by mining with principles can the mining and metals industry contribute to sustainable development and protect the planet.