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Stakeholders explore ways to enhance the contributions of mining to Ghana’s development

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the Ghana Chamber of Mines (GCM) yesterday brought together communities and mineworkers, governments and mining companies, donor agencies and civil society to chart a future where Ghana's development will be accelerated by mining.

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Managing serious health and safety incidents in mining: ICMM launches good practice guide

ICMM has published practical guidance - the first of its kind for the industry - on preventing the most serious types of health and safety incidents in mining and metals. The approach described in - Health and safety critical control management: good practice guide - is designed to identify and manage acts, objects or systems onsite - the "critical controls" - that need to be in place to either prevent a serious incident occurring or minimize the consequences if a serious incident were to occur.

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Engaging with society – ICMM releases Annual Review 2014

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released its Annual Review 2014 - Engaging with society. The theme of this year’s review picks up from the previous annual review’s focus on strengthening relationships with communities. It examines the progress we are making on building this strategic priority into our work programs and other activities.

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ICMM launches toolkit to measure and monitor company reputation

The Stakeholder Research Toolkit provides step-by-step guidelines for companies seeking to measure and monitor their reputation among all stakeholder groups. Specifically, the toolkit provides a useful methodology for companies seeking to work collaboratively with stakeholders in order to understand the key drivers of reputation. This provides a mechanism for companies to incorporate and understand the perspectives of their stakeholders regarding company and industry performance.

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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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