9. Social Performance

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Pursue continual improvement in social performance and contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of host countries and communities.

ICMM members commit to support the development of the communities and countries they operate in, and the effective management of local grievances. This is supported by meaningful engagement with local people, taking care to include women, vulnerable or marginalised groups.

The performance expectations

Developed with extensive input from NGOs, international organisations and academics, our Mining Principles establish baseline performance expectations for a responsible mining and metals industry. These four requirements define ICMM's social performance expectations of company members.

  • 9.1: Contribute to community development

    Implement inclusive approaches with local communities to identify their development priorities and support activities that contribute to their lasting social and economic wellbeing, in partnership with government, civil society and development agencies, as appropriate.

  • 9.2: Support local economic opportunities

    Enable access by local enterprises to procurement and contracting opportunities across the project life-cycle, both directly and by encouraging larger contractors and suppliers, and also by supporting initiatives to enhance economic opportunities for local communities.

  • 9.3: Conduct local stakeholder engagement

    Conduct stakeholder engagement based upon an analysis of the local context and provide local stakeholders with access to effective mechanisms for seeking resolution of grievances related to the company and its activities.

  • 9.4: Collaborate on artisanal mining challenges

    Collaborate with government, where appropriate, to support improvements in environmental and social practices of local artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM).

About ICMM's Mining Principles

ICMM’s Mining Principles strengthen social and environmental requirements, on issues such as labour rights, resettlement, gender, access to grievance mechanisms, mine closure, pollution and waste. Watch our film to learn more.