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Int'l. Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) requires members to prevent and address adverse human rights impacts in mining

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12 December 2018

Int'l. Council on Mining & Metals underlines importance of business respect for human rights & calls for open civic space

Author: Nicky Black, Int'l. Council on Mining & Metals (UK)

"Putting respect for human rights at the heart of mining", 10 Dec 2018

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights... Business has a major part to play and mining...must continue to embed and demonstrate respect for human rights... [T]he actions of business to respect human rights - in the factory, farm or office - and beyond along supply chains, in communities, and in engagements with governments...are the focus of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights... [W]e recognise that much remains to be done.  We are stepping up to the challenge, including updating our member commitments to make sure that they truly represent a benchmark for responsible mining practices that can be assessed and validated at the mine site level.... Respect for human rights sits at the heart of these new performance expectations... Today is also the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders... This Declaration is unfortunately as relevant as ever... At ICMM we believe an active and open civil society and strong rule of law are essential to the enabling environment for responsible business... We support the existence of an open civic space and want everyone – supporters and critics – to be able to express opinions safely and without fear of reprisal or persecution...

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10 December 2018

Logistics sector looks to ICMM's policy on respecting human rights as an example

Author: Patrick Burnson, Logistics Management

"...The performance expectations will apply to all ICMM’s company members who manage almost 650 assets in over 50 countries, covering nearly half of the world’s iron ore and copper production, and over a quarter of all mined commodities by value.

As a consequence, said spokesmen, it will be the most far-reaching initiative to advance environmental and social performance in the mining industry.

The new performance expectations were developed with extensive input from NGOs, international organizations and academics. The initiative has CEO-level support within all ICMM company members...

ICMM is currently developing guidance on how members will validate the performance expectations at the asset level including through independent third-party assessments. It expects this guidance to be complete in the middle of 2019. The guidance will be piloted during the second half of 2019 followed by full implementation across the membership."

10 December 2018

UN expert group endorses mining organization's decision requiring its members to respect human rights

Author: United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures

"A UN expert group has welcomed the move by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) to make it a mandatory requirement for its members to prevent and address adverse human rights impacts in mining operations worldwide.

ICMM involves 27 of the world’s largest mining corporations. It is the first global industry association in the mining sector to introduce a performance standard explicitly based on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights as set out in UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

'Mining is among the sectors with the highest risk of negative impacts on people. All too often, communities, workers and indigenous peoples in all world regions suffer human rights abuses in the context of mining; and individuals speaking up against such abuse are being targeted by governments and companies', said Dante Pesce, who chairs the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights..."

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