London, UK – The second anniversary of the dam collapse at Vale’s Córrego do Feijão mine in Brumadinho, Brazil is a reminder to the mining and metals industry that there is still more to be done if we are to reach the ambition of zero harm. The human and environmental consequences of the tragedy must always be remembered.
Last year, our members, together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), took a significant step towards achieving this ambition of zero harm with the publication of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management.
Our members have committed to implement the Standard, which integrates social, environmental and technical considerations for the first time at the global level, and covers the entire tailings facility lifecycle. This year, ICMM will be publishing comprehensive guidance to support continuous improvement in the management of tailings storage facilities, and a set of protocols for use by companies and third parties seeking to demonstrate conformance with the Standard.