New international mining guidelines developed for working with indigenous people

Mining companies are attempting to engage and build stronger relationships with Indigenous Peoples through an updated guide published by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

Outlining the principles for engagement that fosters respect, the Indigenous Peoples and mining good practice guide educates mining companies on the rights, interests, aspirations, cultures and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples.

Presenting the report, ICMM’s CEO Tom Butler said, “The guide is intended to provide companies with practical tools to support positive and lasting relationships with indigenous communities in the areas where they operate.”

The guide, originally published in 2011, includes guidance on how companies could work towards obtaining the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of affected indigenous communities.

Commitments made in ICMM’s 2015 Mining and Indigenous Peoples Position Statement incorporated comments from more than 20 individuals and organisations who provided input earlier in the year.

New projects that are likely to have significant  impacts on Indigenous Peoples will be subject to the statement effective May 2015. 

To read the new guide, click here.

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