In January 2016, the United Nations ratified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to a 2030 agenda target, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300, and the UN Global Compact Ten Principles to ”first do business responsibly and then pursue opportunities to solve societal challenges through business and collaboration”. https://www.unglobalcompact.org/what-is-gc/mission/principles.
Get to learn what this is all about as it will drive mining corporate programs and culture. Mining companies are being driven by their metal buyers to develop verifiable programs. Supply and service companies are also being drawn into the life cycle equation with procurement request for sustainability standards. The UN initiative is serious and there is both action and motivation on all fronts of society including the mining industry to take notice and also take verifiable action.
The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has developed a world leading initiative called Towards Sustainable Mining, (TSM) http://mining.ca/towards-sustainable-mining that sets auditable standards for their member companies. The TSM initiative has been accepted by five additional countries mining associations. Global Affairs Canada is lo an industry leader in driving sustainable and socially responsible business practise.
There are however a large number of other stakeholders that make up the equation including suppliers, exploration companies, contractors, EPCM’s and others that are either unaware of these developments or lack training and programs to complete the life cycle of mining sustainability. The driving forces for a sustainable planet are working upstream from the consumer to manufacturers and service providers and are presently catching mining companies soon with a Tsunami force.