New publication on engaging with artisanal and small-scale miners

A new publication “Working together – how large-scale miners can engage with artisanal and small-scale miners”, is now available to download.

This document is the product of a fruitful partnership with Communities and Small-Scale Mining (CASM), the International Finance Corporation’s Oil, Gas, and Mining Sustainable Community Development Fund (IFC CommDev) and ICMM.

The interaction between large-scale mining companies and artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) operations has not always been positive, and encounters between the two sectors are increasing. There are a number of ASM sustainable development challenges – including security, human rights and relocation programs – that can require specific ASM consideration.

ICMM is pleased to announce the launch of this guidance document designed to support good relationships between companies and the ASM sector. For the first time, “Working together” brings together a number of approaches and tools for engaging with ASM operators.

It is put forward as a pilot, so that further testing and gathering of good practices with companies can take place in a next phase.

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Principle 3
Uphold fundamental human rights and respect cultures, customs and values in dealings with employees and others who are affected by our activities.
Principle 9
Contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of the communities in which we operate.
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