Environmental Management


1. Lightening the Lode: A Guide to Responsible Large-scale Mining produced by Conservation International in 2000

This document offers recommendations for responsible metal mining, to help guide the appropriate siting and development of large-scale mineral development in sensitive environments, such as tropical forests. The paper offers ways in which the mining industry and governments that regulate that industry can minimize the mining sector’s negative environmental and social impacts and increase its overall positive contribution to conservation and community development. 

2. Social Impact Assessment in the Mining Industry: Current Situation and Future Directions designed and prepared by International Institute for Environment and Development and World Business Council for Sustainable Development in 2001

The guide is intended to address how SIA might assist the mining industry in meeting the challenges of sustainable development. SIA is currently the most widely applied ‘tool’ used to address the impact and mitigation of social issues associated with the process of mine development. Nevertheless, SIA is as yet rarely used by mining companies in its fuller capacity to manage social impacts on an ongoing basis throughout the life of a project, from exploration through to closure and beyond.

3. The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact (Website) established by the United Nations

Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another. By incorporating the Global Compact principles into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.

4. Towards Sustainable Decommissioning and Closure of Oil Fields and Mines: A Toolkit to Assist Government Agencies (Version 3.0) produced by the World Bank in March 2010

The intent of this Toolkit is to serve as a resource to support the development of flexible but systematic regulatory approaches to key components of a sustainable decommissioning and closure planning and implementation process. This Toolkit is organized around what are believed to be core components of a practical approach that governments may adopt or adapt in the process of identifying and managing decommissioning and closure needs. The General Toolkit guidance document is designed to provide an overview of sector specific trends and challenges related to decommissioning and closure.

5. Planning for Integrated Mine Closure: Toolkit created by the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) in 2008

This document presents an Integrated Mine Closure Planning Toolkit for the mining and metals sector. The toolkit is intended to be used to promote a more disciplined approach to integrated closure planning and to increase the uniformity of good practices across the sector. The concepts apply equally well to both large and small companies.