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Stakeholder Newsletter: April 2024

4 April 2024

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Call me old fashioned, but I feel I owe you regular updates on the things I’ve previously said.

So, a while ago I told you we were working with The Copper Mark, Mining Association of Canada, and the World Gold Council to bring our four individual standards for responsible mining into one consolidated global standard and multi-stakeholder oversight system.

We’ve been hard at work in the background, and I’m now pleased to share with you a new website that provides more information about the Consolidated Mining Standard Initiative. This is as we gear up to launch a public consultation on the Consolidated Standard over the Northern Hemisphere summer, so look out for more info on that.  

I also made a song and dance about the launch of ICMM’s landmark Nature Position Statement earlier this year. Since then, we’ve been supporting members with implementing these commitments and telling the world about them so other sectors and non-members also join in. That’s one of the reasons I’ll be at CESCO in Santiago, Chile, next month with our members there who are doing leading work in this area.  

Take Antofagasta for example. Their Los Pelambres operation is in an area rich in biodiversity, known for supporting migratory birds and the vulnerable Chilean palm tree. By creating four nature sanctuaries, they are actively protecting and conserving an area that is seven times larger than the space taken up by mining activities.

And in the northwest of the country, Codelco is showing how mining can protect and restore nature. Through innovative techniques, including use of carpet-like ‘biorolls’ (a word I’ve just learned), it’s helping to restore water-loving plants to the Los Maitenes-Campiche wetlands.

Finally, I’ve been banging on about circularity. And so, my colleague Bryony will be at the World Circular Economy Forum in Brussels engaging on how responsibly produced metals and minerals are a key part of a circular materials system, as she wrote last year.  

For all those so inclined, I hope it was a Happy Easter and a Happy Holi, and Eid Mubarak.



Launching the new website for the Consolidated Mining Standard Initiative

ICMM is working with The Copper Mark, Mining Association of Canada and the World Gold Council to consolidate our four existing voluntary standards into one standard for responsible mining.

We are on a journey towards a less complex, more transparent standards landscape that encourages wider industry uptake and implementation to drive performance improvement at scale. This new website has information on the initiative and will include details of how you can share your views in the upcoming public consultation. Learn more here.

Nature in the spotlight

Recognising the importance of South America to supporting a nature positive future, we chose to use International Day of Forests to highlight some of the great work being undertaken by members in the region. We asked a simple question: Do you know how many trees are in the Amazon? Find out the answer here.

Ro Dhawan will be in Chile later this month for the CESCO conference where he will also visit Codelco’s El Teniente operation to see more of the inspiring work being carried out by members. You can read about Ro’s last visit to a member operation in Chile here, where he visited Antofagasta Minerals’ Los Pelambres operation.

Find out more on our dedicated Nature Hub

Celebrating Water Stewardship on World Water Day

The mining and metals industry interacts with water across all stages of operations, from extraction and processing through to transportation of minerals and the recycling of products. Our new fact sheet published on World Water Day, explains ICMM commitments on water and how our members have been working to implement them.

Read the fact sheet and find out more about our recent Water Stewardship Maturity Framework.

Work at ICMM

We are looking for two people to join our Communications Team. Read the full job description and apply here.

Connect With Us

FT | Commodities Global Summit
Lausanne, Switzerland • 8 April

At the Financial Times Commodities Global summit this year, Ro Dhawan will join Geoff Streeton, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Eramet, Guillaume de Dardel, Head of Energy Transition Metals at Mercuria and Michael Wurmser, Founder at Norge Mining in discussing how fragmented geopolitics is impacting the demand and pricing of critical minerals.

Save 20% off in-person and digital passes. Use code: FTICMM and register here.


Ecosperity Week
Singapore • 15 April

Danielle Martin will be moderating a fireside chat titled 'Critical Minerals: The Bedrock of a Green Future?’ The discussion will focus on the green transition’s impact on society and environment and how its success hinges on the mining industry’s ongoing evolution of its social and environmental practices. Find out more here.


Santiago, Chile • 15 – 18 April

Ro Dhawan will be giving the keynote address on the opening day of CESCO Week 2024, where he will focus on how mining, and copper specifically can contribute to sustainable development and the transition to a low carbon future. Find out more here.

Our flamingo statue will also be at CESCO. The statue serves as reminder of the urgency and ambition that is driving members’ collective commitment for nature. It speaks to needing to remember the past, working to protect nature today and creating a nature positive future. If you’re attending CESCO be sure to check it out.


World Circular Economy Forum
Brussels, Belgium • 15 – 18 April

Director of Innovation Bryony Clear Hill will be at the World Circular Economy Forum speaking at an ICMM and International Resource Panel session on achieving and managing the energy transition sustainably while promoting responsible mining practices. Find out more here.

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