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Managing risks and impacts

Responsible mining means understanding all of the potential risks and impacts of mining operations and having the leadership, culture, capability and systems to effectively manage them.

This approach is as relevant to managing social risks and impacts as it is to managing risks that may affect workers’ health and safety, and the environment.

Critical to effective social risk and impact management is proactive and ongoing engagement with potentially affected people and communities. This ensures the social values they hold are understood and properly protected and that they are involved in decision making about matters that have the potential to affect them.

ICMM members commit to implement effective risk-management strategies (Principle 4) and to pursue continual improvement in social performance (Principle 9). In applying ICMM’s Community Development Toolkit and other guidance, they build relationships with host communities, assess potential social risks and impacts, apply due diligence in conflict-affected or high-risk areas; manage security while protecting human rights; assess community health risks and evaluate community development activities.

Ultimately sound social risk and impact management effectively controls and mitigates negative risks and impacts to people and communities, and optimises the positive impacts of mining, such as catalysing the social and economic development that can transform lives for the better.

Focus areas

Prevent bribery and corruption

ICMM members commit to implement policies and practices to prevent bribery, corruption, and to publicly disclose facilitation payments.

Support responsible business partners

ICMM company members commit to promoting the adoption of responsible business practices through their business partnerships.

ICMM's Mining Principles

Supporting global goals