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Mining's contribution

The mining and metals industry can make a significant contribution to the development of the countries in which resources are found.

The industry contributes to national economies through payments to government, including taxes and royalties. Good mineral resource governance is essential if governments are to ensure that mineral wealth translates into broad-based economic and social progress. The industry can also contribute to the social and economic development of local communities around mining operations, particularly in remote areas with fewer alternative opportunities. The industry contributes to communities through its direct business activities, such as local employment and procurement opportunities, and through dedicated social investment or community development programmes.

Focus areas

Contributing to communities

ICMM members pursue continual improvement in social performance and contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of host communities.

Contributing to national economies

When mining is carried out responsibly, in a well-governed sector in which the revenues generated by industry are well-managed by the government, mining can be a transformative engine of economic growth.

Skills for our Common Future initiative

Building the skills that support communities to be more resilient, better able to participate in economic opportunities, and navigate and prosper through change.

ICMM's Mining Principles

Supporting global goals