The ICMM Sustainable DevelopmentFramework represents an ambitious, broadand complex challenge for the industry. A keycomponent of this challenge is to work withother stakeholders in the value chain ofminerals and metals to ensure the use ofthese materials is optimized; theenvironmental, health and safety risks areminimized; and, wherever possible the ‘value’of the material is captured and re-circulatedthrough the economy.
supports ICMM members in their commitmentto a number of the Principles within theSustainable Development Framework. It isparticularly relevant to Principle 8, to “facilitateand encourage responsible product design,use, re-use recycling and disposal”; Principle6, to “continually seek ways to improve ourenvironmental performance,” and Principle 5,to “seek continual improvement of our healthand safety performance.”The guidance document outlines a range ofactivities that can be undertaken to ensurethe minerals and metals industry works inconjunction with other actors in the valuechain toachieve optimal and appropriate useof metals in society.This means responsiblyproviding materials and working toensurethat material flows create maximum societalvalue and minimum impact on humans andthe environment.In practice, materials stewardship is about:•
the social, environmentaland economic impacts of your material as itmoves through its life cycle from mining touse and through to the end of its life.•
with other actorsalong the life cycle who can promotebeneficial and appropriate use of yourmaterial or who can minimize risks tohuman health and the environment.•
on appropriatestewardship activities for the part of the
Demand for metals may have reachedunprecedented levels of late but if themining and metals sector is tocontribute successfully to sustainabledevelopment we must adopt principlesand practices which address the entirelife cycle of the materials we produce.Progress must be founded on a sense ofshared responsibility for the resourceswe utilize and the materials we create.It is this integrated approach which liesat the heart of materials stewardship.
isakey element inICMM’s sustainable developmentagenda. It provides guidance to assistmembers in understanding andimplementing effectivematerialsstewardship strategies while creatingadditional business value throughidentifying new opportunities in anincreasingly competitive global marketplace.
ICMM’s Principlesand Vision