VANCOUVER — On Dec. 6, The Northern Miner sat down for an exclusive interview with Tom Butler, CEO of the U.K.-based International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM), to discuss climate change politics, as well as other prominent challenges and themes on the international stage heading into 2018. Butler became CEO of ICMM in July 2015. Before that, he spent 18 years with the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation in the infrastructure and natural resource teams, with much of that time focused on mining and power projects in Africa.
The Northern Miner: What are some thoughts on how the mining industry is perceived globally today?
Tom Butler: There’s a trust gap, and the question is: How do we close it? … So there’s a lot of work to be done when it comes to communicating the positive impacts of mining and getting local populations behind that message. That’s especially true in developing countries where the industry can be a real agent of change when it comes to alleviating poverty and bringing resources into an economy.
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