The ICMM recognises that the mining industry can play an important role in tackling this issue of water scarcity in light of the more than 1.2 billion people living in areas of water scarcity placing natural habitats under increasing threat.
The ICMM’s member companies, which account for about a third of global mining activity, pledged action to support the responsible use of water with the launch of the organisation’s water stewardship position statement.
The position statement is binding on ICMM members and requires them to apply strong and transparent water governance (including robust public reporting); manage water at operations effectively; and collaborate to achieve responsible and sustainable water use.
The ICMM will continue to develop guidance and toolkits to support effective water stewardship, which will be available to the wider mining industry as well as other industry sectors.
“As an industry we have a leading role to play in contributing practical solutions to water resource challenges.
“Water is vital for local communities, the natural environment and for businesses, so leadership on water stewardship is required from all parts of society. We are pleased to be playing our part and we are happy to share our work with other sectors and the wider mining industry too,” he says.
Stuart Orr, WWF International’s practice lead for water said: “ICMM's continued push and progress on water stewardship is commendable. This isn't just raising the bar and expectations within the mining sector but across all business sectors.”