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Our principles

ICMM’s Mining Principles respond to evolving societal expectations of the mining and metals industry by strengthening our company member requirements.

ICMM's Mining Principles define the good practice environmental, social and governance requirements of company members through a comprehensive set of 38 Performance Expectations and eight related position statements on a number of critical industry challenges. Implementation of the Mining Principles will support progress towards the global targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Incorporating robust site-level validation of performance expectations and credible assurance of corporate sustainability reports, ICMM’s Mining Principles seek to maximise the industry’s benefits to host communities, while minimising negative impacts to effectively manage issues of concern to society.

Performance expectations

Defining good practice environmental, social and governance requirements for the mining and metals industry.

Position Statements

Defining additional commitments that members must implement alongside the Performance Expectations.

Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management

Establishing clear expectations for the safer management of tailings facilities.

Assurance and Validation

Combining clearly articulated performance expectations with robust site-level validation.

Equivalency benchmarks

Sharing the objectives of improving environmental, social and governance practices at the operational level.