Environmental Concern, Not Economy, Top Issue Facing Mining Industry: Global Poll

  • Globescan

London, Tuesday 7 December 2010 – A recent global survey confirms that environmental concerns (40%), closely followed by social concerns (28%), continue to be the top sustainable development issues for the mining and metals industry agenda.

The 2010 Stakeholders’ Views of Mining and Sustainable Development survey (following previous surveys in 2004 and 2007) was conducted by GlobeScan on behalf of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) between August and September 2010. Over 800 respondents in 80 countries drawn from the private sector, public sector, institutions, academia, non-governmental organizations and the media participated in the survey.

Also receiving high mention are other non-financial issues including governance and regulation matters (27%), water usage (17%), and resource access/management (16%). These opinions were commonly expressed across survey respondents.

As in 2007, respondents expect environmental and social concerns will continue to be important for the industry to address. Financial concerns (13%) are considered less serious than environmental and social issues. Meeting market demands is no longer a top mention, as it was in 2007.

The survey also suggests ICMM is having a major impact encouraging advances in sustainable development amongst its global members and broader industry. In particular, a strong majority of respondents (92%) believe ICMM is helping raise industry standards. 

“ICMM is regarded unusually highly in terms of effectiveness and influence in raising the standards and performance of both its members and its industry,” says Rob Kerr, Vice President of GlobeScan.

ICMM President Anthony Hodge says, “The results of the survey are encouraging. We often hear suggestions that the mining and metals industry falls short when it comes to sustainable development and responsible business practices, but the survey suggests that the work we are doing with our member companies to improve sustainable development performance is being recognized.”

“However, this does not mean we should be complacent—people are rightly telling us to reinforce our efforts to promote transparency, respect the values of surrounding communities and enhance the contribution of mining and metals to people and the environment.”

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  • Ben Peachey
  • Communications Director
  • International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
  • +44 (0) 20 7467 5082
  • ben.peachey@icmm.com

About the Survey
This is the third stakeholder survey since 2004 that ICMM has commissioned and had conducted by GlobeScan. The main objective of the survey is to measure awareness of ICMM and the effectiveness of ICMM in relation to its mandate.

The release findings are based on a sample of 847 respondents, drawn from ICMM’s database of senior-level stakeholders from 81 nations, across six pre-defined sectors (private sector, public sector, institutions, academia, non-governmental organizations, and media). The online survey was fielded between August 24, 2010 and September 18, 2010.

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About ICMM
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) was established in 2001 to act as a catalyst for performance improvement in the mining and metals industry. Today, the organization brings together 18 mining and metals companies as well as 30 national and regional mining associations and global commodity associations to address the core sustainable development challenges faced by the industry.

ICMM serves as a change agent—not in areas affecting competitive positioning, but related to our members’ social and environmental responsibilities where collaboration makes sense. Our vision is one of leading companies working together and with others to strengthen the contribution of mining, minerals, and metals to sustainable development. www.icmm.com

About GlobeScan
GlobeScan is an international opinion research consultancy. Companies, multilateral institutions, governments, and NGOs trust GlobeScan for its unique expertise in reputation research, sustainability, and issues management. GlobeScan provides global organizations with evidence-based insight and advice to help them build strong brands, manage relations with key stakeholders, and define their strategic positioning. GlobeScan conducts research in over 90 countries, is certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard for its quality management system, and is a signatory to the UN Global Compact.

Established in 1987, GlobeScan is an independent, management-owned company with offices in London, Toronto, and San Francisco. www.GlobeScan.com