International Council on Mining & Metals
ICMM has commissioned this series of publications to describe mining and metals’ contribution to sustainable development. It seeks to set out some of the more important benefits, costs, risks and responsibilities related to mining and metals in today’s world.
- The first in the series – Mining’s contribution to sustainable development – provides an overview of the series and introduces the concept of contribution analysis.
- The role of mining in national economies examines the contribution of mining activities in 212 countries with an overview of the contribution to the global economy.
- Trends in the mining and metals industry provides a forward looking discussion of trends likely to govern the evolution of the industry over the next decade.
- Building on this theme, The role of minerals and metals in a low carbon economy focuses on the materials needed for the technologies to address the climate change challenge.
- Human rights, social development and the mining and metals industry focuses on the role of business in contributing to the realization of human rights.
- The uses of minerals and metals and the relationship with the environment will be examined in upcoming publications.
The extraction and processing of minerals and metals to provide goods and services essential to human society is as old as human development itself. Minerals and metals have brought huge benefits to society – they are vital commodities that serve as a foundation to society’s material quality of life. In today’s world, population growth, urbanization, social and economic development and even demands for a green (or low carbon) economy are all contributing to an increase in the demand for minerals and metals. However meeting that demand and achieving the benefits comes at a cost.