ICMM releases new sustainable guidance goals for mining

The International Council on Mining and Minerals has released new guidance to help miners achieve the UN’s new 17 sustainable development goals.

According to Tom Butler, the ICMM’s CEO, “Our new guidance helps mining companies look at the contributions that they can make to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) across their operations.”

“There is great alignment between ICMM’s 10 principles for sustainable mining and the SDGs. With our strong focus on sustainable development, ICMM believes that the mining and metals industry can make a positive contribution to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,” he said

The UN sustainable development goals are 17 individual targets that aim to end poverty and hunger, protect the planet and ensure a sustainable future.

Member states are expected to use these goals to frame their development agendas for the next 15 years.

When launching the SDGs, the UN explicitly recognised the important role business must play if the goals are to be realised.

Off the back of this, the ICMM mapped how its existing ten principles that underpin sustainable development in the mining industry intersect the SDGs.

“ICMMs principles include pledges to protect biodiversity, respect human rights, and contribute to the sustainable development of host countries,” the group said.

ICMM COO Aidan Davy added that achieving the goals won’t be easy, “but thinking though how your company can help need not be difficult. The most important thing is to understand where your business or organisation can have the most impact on the SDGs and start there”.

“At ICMM, we are working with WWF on water policy, IUCN on biodiversity, and EITI on transparency and good governance. We are determined that the mining and metals industry will be part of the solution in tackling the biggest issues facing society and is committed to playing its part.”

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