The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is a CEO-led international organisation of mining and metals companies established in 2001 to ensure members’ continued access to resources, capital and markets, by improving their performance on sustainability. Our 27 company members have responsibility for more than 1,000 sites in some 80 countries. Collectively, they account for more than 50 per cent of global production of major commodities such as aluminium, copper, iron ore and gold. Through more than 30 association members (national and regional mining associations and global commodity associations), we are connected to another 1,500 companies in the sector.

ICMM works in partnership with others to catalyse change for a safe, fair and sustainable mining industry. Through collaboration we strengthen the environmental, social and economic performance of the industry, and champion the responsible production of the materials that enhance people’s lives. We seek to minimise the impacts of mining and maximise its benefits, enhancing mining’s contribution to society.

As a highly-respected industry body we have been able to draw on the collective knowledge and experience of members to embed sustainable development into our business conduct. Through our shared commitments, position statements, public reporting, and independent assurance, we have lifted the bar for our industry on sustainable development and performance.

Member companies commit to implementing 10 principles and 8 position statements for sustainable development. These together serve as a best practice framework for the mining and metals industry.

10 Principles:

  • Ethical business and sound governance
  • Sustainable development in decision-making
  • Respect for human rights
  • Effective risk management
  • Health and safety performance
  • Environmental performance
  • Conservation of biodiversity and land-use planning
  • Responsible use and supply of materials
  • Social contribution
  • Engagement and transparent reporting

Position statements on:

  • Water stewardship
  • Tailings governance
  • Mining and indigenous peoples
  • Climate change
  • Partnerships for development
  • Mercury risk management
  • Transparency of mineral revenues
  • Mining and protected areas

Our principles are benchmarked against leading international standards including the Global Reporting Initiative, the Global Compact and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

In collaboration with others, ICMM strengthens the social and environmental performance of the mining and metals industry and builds recognition of its contribution to local communities and society at large. We do this through:

  • Leadership through performance: Demonstrate and promote leading environmental and social practices that will encourage better industry‐wide performance.
  • Listen and engage: Listen to society’s views and expectations of the mining and metals industry, and engage openly in order to anticipate and respond to emerging issues.
  • Enhance understanding: Promote the contribution of mining and metals to society, and advocate the values of a responsible, sustainable mining and metals industry.
  • Shape the policy environment: Bring evidence-based perspectives and considered thought leadership to inform the development of policies and standards that support sustainable development outcomes.

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. We encourage mining and metals companies to support mining with principles and to promote or adopt sustainable practices to enhance mining’s contribution to society.

The International Council on Mining and Metals are Association Partners of this year’s IMARC, with many member CEO’s delivering presentations. Download the programme now.