Conformance Protocols: Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management

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In August 2020, ICMM, UNEP and PRI launched the Global Industry Standard for Tailings Management. At the point of launch, ICMM members committed that all facilities with ‘Extreme’ or ‘Very high’ potential consequences will be in conformance with the Standard by August 2023, and all other facilities by August 2025.

The Conformance Protocols help operators and independent third parties assess implementation of the Standard’s requirements, and ultimately to demonstrate conformance. They map to the Standard’s 77 requirements using 219 clear and concise criteria. Effective assessment of conformance to the Standard through ICMM’s Conformance Protocols will help to demonstrate to all stakeholders that responsible practices are being applied across the tailings lifecycle.