LONDON, United Kingdom - The International Council on Mining and Metals has issued a new publication called Good Practice Guide: Indigenous Peoples and Mining. It is available to ICMM members and other mining companies dealing with the complex issues surrounding indigenous communities.
The guide highlights best practice principles, discusses the challenges in applying these principles at the operational level and offers real-world examples of how miners have addressed these challenges. It also explores the cost of getting it wrong.
The publication is divided into discreet sections including those on engagement and indigenous participation, laying the groundwork, agreements, managing impacts and sharing benefits, and dealing with grievances. ICMM says it is not intended as a one-size-fits-all. Instead, it is designed to provide useful information and direction for both companies and indigenous communities when considering the issues.
While recognizing the role of traditional decision-making structures, the guide urges companies to be sensitive to those sections of the community who are frequently excluded from consultations, such as women and young people.
A free PDF copy of the Good Practice Guide can be downloaded from the library at www.ICMM.com or readers can request printed copies by emailing [email protected].