The mining and metals industry can make a significant contribution to the development of the countries in which resources are found.
The industry contributes to national economies through payments to government, including taxes and royalties. Good mineral resource governance is essential if governments are to ensure that mineral wealth translates into broad-based economic and social progress. The industry can also contribute to the social and economic development of local communities around mining operations, particularly in remote areas with fewer alternative opportunities. The industry contributes to communities through its direct business activities, such as local employment and procurement opportunities, and through dedicated social investment or community development programmes.