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Principle 8

Facilitate and support the knowledge-base and systems for responsible design, use, re-use, recycling and disposal of products containing metals and minerals.

Performance expectations

Summary of consultation feedback


In project design, operation and de-commissioning, implement cost-effective measures for the recovery, re-use or recycling of energy, natural resources, and materials.

Some consultees suggested that ‘measures should not only be cost-effective but also effective’. Several observed that companies are not well-advanced in this area which requires innovative approaches. Others emphasised the need for this to be included in the corporate strategy, business model or concept phase.


Assess the hazards of the products of mining according to UN Globally Harmonised System of Hazard Classification and Labelling or equivalent relevant regulatory systems and communicate through safety data sheets and labelling as appropriate.

Feedback from consultees included the need to address (rather than assess) hazards and questions concerning the credibility of the UN system.

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