Minerals and metals are essential for modern living; they enable farming, healthcare, communications, water and energy supply, transport, space technology and the construction of our cities. No matter where we are in the world, metals and minerals are part of our everyday life. It’s hard to find any activity, structure or object where metals are absent, or at least didn’t play a role in the manufacturing process, but most of us give little thought to the variety and complexity of the materials we depend on every day.
Investments in natural resources do not always lead to positive social and economic outcomes for human wellbeing, our planet, or the prosperity of host communities and nations. This does not have to be the case: we believe that when mining and metals companies act responsibly then the extraction and management of natural resources can be transformative for the lives of employees, their families, local communities, and entire nations.
Mining and metals is a respected industry, trusted to operate responsibly and contribute to sustainable development.
In collaboration with others, we will strengthen the social and environmental performance of the mining and metals industry and build recognition of its contribution to local communities and society at large.
Member companies commit to implementing ICMM's Mining Principles. The Mining Principles serve as a best practice framework on sustainable development for the mining and metals industry.
Leadership through performance: We demonstrate and promote leading environmental and social practices that will encourage better industry wide performance. Company membership at ICMM follows a rigorous admissions process, and commitment to stringent performance expectations and third-party annual reporting. As a CEO-led organisation our company members are able to respond to evolving societal expectations in a meaningful way; most recently on tailings management and water stewardship.
Listen and engage: ICMM listens to society’s views and expectations of the mining and metals industry to better anticipate and respond to emerging issues, and actively supports continuous engagement with international organisations and leading civil society organisations. In working with the UN, OECD, World Bank, International Maritime Organisation, WWF and Oxfam – among others – we act as a catalyst for change for a safe, fair, and sustainable mining and metals industry.
Enhance understanding: We advocate the values of a responsible and sustainable mining and metals industry, and promote the contributions of responsibly produced minerals and metals to society. We develop toolkits and guidance to enhance take up of industry good practice, and support thought leadership to support debate on the contribution of minerals and metals to modern life, and the tackling of societal challenges.
Shape the policy environment: We bring evidence-based perspectives and considered thought leadership to inform the delivery of policies and standards that support sustainable development outcomes. ICMM is considered the ‘voice of the mining and metals industry’ by organisations as diverse as Dow Jones Sustainability, Carbon Disclosure Project, and GRI. ICMM also supports EITI to drive improvements in governance and revenue transparency, and engages with OECD and IMO to offer insight on regulatory guidance.
We have five values that guide our work and how we interact with others.
Care for the safety, health and well-being of workers, contractors, communities and consumers.
Respect for people, the environment and the values of host societies.
Integrity in dealings with employees, communities, governments and others.
Accountable to do what we say we will do and uphold our commitments.
Collaborate as a preferred means of working with others in an open, transparent and inclusive manner.