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02 – Decision Making

ICMM company members commit to integrate sustainable development in corporate strategy and decision-making processes.

ICMM members integrate socially and environmentally positive principles into their internal decision-making processes to enhance mining’s contribution to society. They also support their business partners to adopt responsible business practices.

Performance Expectations

Developed with extensive input from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations and academics, our Mining Principles establish baseline performance expectations for a responsible mining and metals industry. ICMM's Mining Principles include two Performance Expectations under Principle 2: Decision-Making.

  • 2.1 – Integrate Sustainability into Decision-Making

    Integrate sustainable development principles into corporate strategy and decision-making processes relating to investments and in the design, operation and closure of facilities.

  • 2.2 – Support Responsible Business Partners

    Support the adoption of responsible physical and psychological health and safety[1], environmental, human rights and labour policies and practices by joint venture partners, suppliers and contractors, based on risk.

Supporting Global Goals

As momentum behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continues to grow, there is mounting pressure on the private sector to support the delivery of a wide variety of development objectives. ICMM’s Mining Principles can support the mining and metals industry in addressing climate change, ending poverty and tackling rising inequalities.

Each SDG connects with or can be directly influenced by ICMM’s Mining Principles. Unlike many other sectors, there is no primary point of connection between mining and a single SDG. Instead, operations have the extraordinary potential to contribute to several goals at once. The contribution mining products to almost every aspect of life is arguably becoming more important than ever – with metals and minerals enabling the innovations needed to deliver pathways to a greener, safer and more sustainable future.


1. Psychological health in the workplace is defined in international literature as the ability to think, feel and behave in a manner that enables workers to perform effectively. Psychological safety in the workplace is defined as the risk of injury to the psychological wellbeing of a worker.