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SDG17: Partnerships for the Goals

With our strong focus on sustainable development there is great potential for ICMM to support the mining and metals industry in making an important and lasting contribution towards the UN’s global goals. We work with members and partners to catalyse lasting social and economic progress that supports an end to poverty, protects the planet and ensures prosperity for all.

SDG17 calls for better collaboration on finance, technology, capacity building and trade, and for the massive scale-up of the impact of partnering of all forms. This needs to be supported by well-functioning mechanisms for knowledge and expertise transfer to avoid duplication of effort and promote learning from experience.

Progress on sustainable development requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society – no one party can achieve progress alone. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals are needed at the global, regional, national and local levels. Long-term investments, including foreign direct investment, are needed in critical sectors, especially in developing countries. These include sustainable energy, infrastructure and transport, as well as information and communications technologies. The public sector will need to set clear parameters for this investment and provide the monitoring frameworks, regulations and incentive structures to leverage sustainable outcomes.

How is this relevant to mining and metals?

Many of the examples on this website illustrate how mining companies are contributing to sustainable development, and how the mining industry has extensive and valuable experience of partnering on SDG-related challenges at the local, national and global levels. Mining companies are among the most sophisticated and experienced of corporate partners in addressing a range of sustainable development challenges.  There is value in sharing these experiences more broadly, to demonstrate the art of the possible and thereby encourage further engagement in partnerships to achieve collaborative progress on the SDGs.

What companies need to know to manage impacts or make a positive contribution

  1. How planned mining investments can align with local, regional and national development plans.

  2. The presence (or absence) of platforms and mechanisms to catalyse and support partnering and collaboration in areas of operation.

  3. How partnering experience can be leveraged from previous company experience to optimise performance in new areas.

Industry action may involve:

  • Undertaking local stakeholder mapping and conducting a gap analysis across the SDGs at an operational level.
  • Exploring opportunities to work collaboratively with other companies and wider stakeholders to maximise SDG contribution.
  • Engaging with other development actors to join, strengthen or create platforms to catalyse and support collaborative working to achieve SDGs.
  • Avoiding unilateral social investments, without first exploring opportunities for partnering to heighten positive impact.
  • Working collaboratively with local authorities, communities and others to maximise chances of post-closure sustainability.
  • Following established good practice standards for partnering - and learn from experience – before engaging in partnerships.