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Stakeholder Newsletter: July, 2019

31 July 2019

Tailings remains a key priority for ICMM. Since our last newsletter we've continued to work with our co-convening partners the UN Environment Programme and Principles for Responsible Investment, to support the Global Tailings Review in developing an international standard for the safer management of tailings storage facilities. To keep up to date with how we are progressing with the review, check out the new Global Tailings Review website.

In May, we also published our annual Safety Data Report for 2018. Our annual Safety Data Report for 2018 tragically records that 50 people lost their lives at member operations last year. The single highest cause of deaths in 2018 was from mobile mining equipment, which is why we are exploring collision avoidance technology in our Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles programme.

I am also pleased to announce that in June, Instituto de Ingenieros de Minas del Perú (IIMP) joined ICMM as an association member. This is a great opportunity for both organisations to learn from each other and promote innovation and sustainability throughout the mining sector.

Tom Butler


Update on Progress of the Global Tailings Review

Set up in response to the Brumadinho tragedy in Brazil, the ICMM co-convened Global Tailings Review is establishing an international standard for the safer management of tailings storage facilities. Currently in its research phase, the Review's Chair, Dr Bruno Oberle, is leading a panel of experts to develop a draft standard, which will be published for public consultation at the end of the summer. To find out more about the scope of the review, read our Global Tailings Review press release here.

As part of his research, Dr Oberle visited Brumadinho in June 2019 to see first-hand the tragic impact of the recent catastrophic failure of a tailings storage facility at the nearby Corrego do Feijão mine on people, communities and the environment. Read his reflections here.

Disclosure on Tailings Dam Management

In April, the Investor Mining Tailings Safety Initiative, led by the Church of England Pensions Board and the Council on Ethics of the Swedish National Pension Funds, wrote to over 650 publicly listed extractive companies, including ICMM members, asking for information on the tailings facilities they own or operate.

ICMM is supportive of greater transparency on this important issue and members have responded to the request, publishing dam-by-dam details on their websites. We have made links available here.

ICMM Releases 2018 Member Safety Data

The monitoring and reporting of occupational safety indicators is an important driver for change. ICMM produces an annual Safety Data Report, covering the fatality and injury data of members, to encourage information and knowledge-sharing among members and catalyse learning across the industry.

ICMM and its members are committed to strengthening health and safety performance and reducing operational fatalities to zero. As part of this commitment, ICMM publishes an annual safety data report of our company members. The annual report collates the safety data of around a million workers and contractors. In 2018, 50 fatalities were recorded, this was a decrease from 51 fatalities in 2017 and 63 fatalities in 2016. The full report, Benchmarking Safety Data: Progress of ICMM Company Members in 2018, is available on our website.

ICMM Announces IIMP as New Member

We're pleased to announce that the Instituto de Ingenieros de Minas del Perú (IIMP) has become ICMM's 36th association member. IIMP or in English the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers, was founded in 1943 by a group of mining engineers, and has contributed to the development of the Peruvian mining industry over the last seven decades.

Having a world class mining industry and becoming an ICMM member, will allow us to share our experience and best practices with other members, as well as to introduce best practices in our local industry.

Issue in Focus

Historically, mine closure has been thought of as the sole responsibility of mining companies. We believe that communities and governments must also be involved to capture and balance the views, concerns and aspirations of different stakeholders. Creating mutual benefits for mining companies and their employees, the environment and host communities. Find out how responsible mine closure can contribute to the long term sustainability of communities by watching our new video.

Connect With ICMM

Join ICMM, Newmont-Goldcorp, Teck Resources Ltd and the World Resources Institute (WRI) at World Water Week at the co-hosted session: Water Stewardship– Managing Collective Challenges and Collaborating to Drive Change.
In the next quarter, ICMM will also be participating at a range of forums alongside government, civil society, business, academia, the investor community and the wider mining industry.

Mine Closure 2019 Perth, Australia, 3–5 September

Our closure expert Dawn Brock will introduce ICMM’s Integrated Mine Closure Good Practice Guide and present on the Financial Concepts for Mine Closure.

Brazil Mining Expo and Congress (Exposibram) Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 9–12 September

ICMM CEO, Tom Butler will give a keynote speech sharing ICMM's current strategy. He will also participate in a panel on The 'state-of-the-art' on tailings dams management.

Perumin Arequipa Peru, 16 -20 September

Director for Health, Safety and Product Stewardship, Sarah Bell will share our new thought leadership article Fatality Prevention: Eight Lessons Learned at the 'Vision Zero' in Mining roundtable

OSHAfrica Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 -20 September

In parallel to Perumin, Mark Holmes will also present on the mining industry's vision for zero harm. He will also provide an overview of how the industry is responding to these trends globally.

And Finally...

Metals and minerals are essential to almost every aspect of life. And they will arguably become more important by helping to deliver pathways to a greener, safer and more sustainable future. Check out our website exploring how metals and minerals are helping to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals to find out more.