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Mining makes a large – and growing – contribution to emerging economies

A new ICMM report provides a comprehensive picture of how important mining is to economies across the world, with evidence that the mining and metals industry makes its most significant contribution in the most impoverished regions of the world. The role of mining in national economies builds an understanding of the scope, scale, impact and potential of the industry to spur growth and development.

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International Alert and ICMM collaborate to explore conflict between mining companies and local communities

Disagreements between companies and communities are not always avoidable; however mechanisms do exist to ensure they do not escalate into conflict situations. When conflict does arise it can have profound impacts on both the host community as well as the company. ICMM’s preliminary research on the frequency of reported conflict situations between mining companies and communities shows a progressive increase since 2002.

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Third UN Business and Human Rights Forum highlights the challenges of implementing the UN Guiding Principles in the mining and metals industry

Businesses, governments and civil society organizations must each play their part in respecting and protecting human rights through their distinct, yet complementary, roles. These roles, set out in the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, were the focus at the most recent United Nations’ Annual Business and Human Rights Forum.

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Brigid Janssen joins ICMM as Director of Communications

Brigid comes to ICMM from Oxfam International where she was Director of Global Communications. Previously she directed communications at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Bank of Canada.

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United Nations’ Business and Human Rights Forum – a global conversation

In the last few years, the issue of human rights has moved from being perceived as peripheral to business to one of central concern. This shift was cemented by the unanimous endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011, which have become the global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity.

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The future of the Arctic depends on collaboration, sound science and inclusive development

From 31 October to 2 November, over 1,400 representatives from 37 countries came together in Reykjavik, Iceland, to participate in the second annual assembly of the Arctic Circle. Founded by Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson with colleagues from across the north, the Arctic Circle engages with all interests following a village square model of collaborative discussion to address the challenges and opportunities brought on by changes in the Arctic - particularly those brought on by the changing climate.

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Mining's contribution to sustainable development at the core of Intergovernmental Forum

On 21 October 2014, ICMM hosted a multi-stakeholder panel discussion on mining’s contribution to social and economic development at the Inter-Governmental Forum (IGF) on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development Annual General Meeting. The panel shared experiences around different aspects that host country governments, working in collaboration with industry and civil society, can focus on to ensure that mining investments contribute fully to broad-based social and economic development.

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Dow Jones Sustainability Indices recognizes 41 mining companies for sustainability performance

Out of the 3,395 companies invited for the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review, 2,500 are included in the world universe index, 41 of which were mining and metals companies. This marks efforts made within the mining and metals industry around improving sustainable development performance. However, while progress has been made, challenges still remain.

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