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Mapping Out a Sustainable Future for the Mining and Minerals Industry

Submitted by: World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Categories: Environment

Posted: May 01, 2002 – 12:00 AM EST

 

The Findings of a Two-Year Research Project on How the Mining and Minerals
Industry Can Maximize its Contribution to Sustainable Development Were
Unveiled Today at a Press Briefing in London.

GENENA, Switzerland - 'Breaking New Ground: Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development' is the output of a research and broad consultation conducted by the International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED), commissioned by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The briefing, hosted by Sir Robert Wilson, Chairman of Rio Tinto, presented the principal conclusions of the research and proposed an Agenda for Change with recommendations for immediate and future actions. Speakers included members of the IIED team who conducted the research, as well as Bjorn Stigson, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

'It is critical to develop the right framework conditions for individual companies to pursue sustainability, which can only be done by working together along the value chain, said Stigson. It also requires a broad interaction with stakeholders, to come to an understanding with society about how to address those sustainability challenges.'

Embedding sustainable development in the thinking of minerals companies is a great challenge. The Agenda for Change makes a series of recommendations, among others, to develop and adopt?

· At company level: a 'Sustainable development policy', a 'Review of end-of-life plans at existing operations' and 'Community sustainable development plans'

· As a joint industry effort: a 'Declaration on Sustainable Development embodying a commitment to a Sustainable Development Code'

The report can be viewed at www.iied.org/mmsd/draftreport

Background

Recognizing that the mining and minerals industry needed to become more engaged in sustainable development, ten of the world's largest mining companies, all members of the WBCSD, established the Global Mining Initiative (GMI) in 1999. Further joined by 20 additional companies and non-industry organizations such as the World Bank, UNEP, IUCN, universities and other institutions, the GMI commissioned the IIED to conduct an analysis on the full mineral cycle, from mine to waste and re-use, in order to identify the opportunities and challenges for the industry to become more sustainable.

Sector projects are a unique feature of the work of the WBCSD in supporting Agenda 21 objectives, and to achieve sustainable development. The WBCSD offers a neutral platform that can help examine how these intractable issues could be dealt with while maintaining viable industries.

For more information, please contact:

Genevive Tremblay World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Phone: +41 (22) 839-3108

 

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