Mining with Principles

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

Responding to COVID-19

Like all global industries, mining and metals is being affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our members are facing many challenges, depending on the varying pace of the epidemic in different countries, and the responses of governments around the world. ICMM is supporting members as they respond to COVID-19, by working to improve the flow of information and best practice between them. We are also working with other associations, to facilitate increased communications and collaboration.


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.


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.


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.

About Us ICMM

ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry. Bringing together 27 mining and metals companies and 38 regional and commodity associations, we strengthen environmental and social performance. We serve as a catalyst for change, enhancing mining’s contribution to society. Every ICMM company member adheres to our Mining Principles which incorporates comprehensive environmental, social and governance requirements, robust site-level validation of performance expectations and credible assurance of corporate sustainability reports.