• Share

Environmental stewardship

Mining and metals operations, local communities and others all depend on clean air, water, land and energy.

Securing fair access to these shared resources increasingly depends on demonstrating responsible stewardship and recognising the needs of others. Failure to effectively manage the potential adverse impacts of mining on these shared resources can result in the deterioration of environmental resources and have adverse consequences for human health. ICMM members commit to the responsible stewardship of environmental resources, balancing the needs of communities, conservation interests and the requirements of other stakeholders. In short, they commit to be part of the solution to climate change.

Focus areas

Biodiversity and ecosystems

Biodiversity and ecosystems are essential for our existence on earth. ICMM members have a role in contributing to halting the loss of biodiversity globally.

Climate change

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, enhancing resilience to a changing climate and disclosing climate related opportunities and risks.

Mine closure

Leaving positive environmental and social legacies through integrated approaches to mine closure.

Tailings waste

Exploring innovative approaches and technologies to safely manage and minimise tailings waste from the mine life cycle.


Reducing shared water risks and enhancing water security.

ICMM's Mining Principles

Supporting global goals