Guidance Targeted Specifically at Mining Companies

This guidance document identifies the sustainability standards, guidelines, frameworks and toolkits proven most important to managers and mining professionals and distills them into an easy-to-understand format. The document furthermore provides a complete list of all the identified sustainability resources for EDSP companies as well as a number of topic-specific Best Practices Quick Sheets (e.g. ‘Stakeholder Engagement’, ‘Grievance Mechanisms’).

The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) Standard aims to specify “best practice performance requirements that are applicable to all kinds of industrial mining worldwide, that are designed to be independently auditable at the mining site level, and that are supported by leading companies as well as civil society organizations.” The Standard is divided into 28 separate chapters organised within five broader sections: 1) Business Integrity, 2) Social Responsibility, 3) Environmental Responsibility, 4) Reclamation and Closure and 5) Management Systems. This first draft of the Standard is currently open to public comment, consultation and input to inform and refine up-coming versions. Once finalised, the IRMA Standard will be a key part of a global mining assurance system.

The OECD Due Diligence Guidance provides a framework and detailed due diligence recommendations “to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their sourcing decisions, including the choice of their suppliers” (Introduction). It is for use by any company potentially sourcing minerals or metals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. It includes a Supplement on Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten and a Supplement on Gold.

This report was developed to help corporate level staff understand and measure mining companies’ contributions on human and social development. It outlines a variety of tools and frameworks for designing, tracking and analysing development outcomes. The findings of these improved measurements assist corporate level staff in developing strategic approaches to realise the goal of contributing positively to the communities in which mining companies operate.

This report aims at providing an overview of the main challenges and dilemmas that companies in the mining and metals sector are often faced with. It discusses management approaches to deal with these challenges.

“This report informs mining company staff of the potential gender impacts of mining projects and introduces some tools and approaches that they can use to conduct a gender impact assessment of these projects.” It includes background information, provides a detailed gender impact assessment framework and identifies other gender analysis tools companies may want consider in their specific situation or context.

This toolkit tries to provide a systematic and objective way to quantify and agree ways to enhance mining’s economic and social contribution. It consists of eight modules through which the reader can learn on how to understand the social and economic impact mining has on the host country. The eight modules are the following: 1) Mining and the host country; 2) The participating mining operation and its economic and social initiatives and partners; 3) Measuring the mining industry’s contribution to the host country; 4) The proximate aspects of governance that help or hinder mining’s economic and social performance; 5) Measuring the participating mine’s positive and negative contributions to local communities; 6) Analyzing the life cycle impact of the participating mine on the host country’s macroeconomic aggregates; 7) Impact of mining on governance; and 8) Communicating your findings. There are a number of worksheet and database templates to help the reader complete each of the modules in the toolkit.

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