ICMM Launches Community Development Initiative in China

China International Mining Group (CIMG)
2006-11-10 18:44 1267

BEIJING, Nov. 13 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- The International Council on

Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released a Mandarin language version of its

Community Development Toolkit with the support of the China International

Mining Group (CIMG). The publication, produced in partnership with the World

Bank and the Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP), contains

17 practical “how to” tools that cover a mine’s operational stages from

exploration through to closure.

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“Community development is a key element of ICMM’s core mission -- the

Toolkit enables our members and others to demonstrate their commitment to the

local communities where they operate” said Kathryn McPhail, ICMM Principal.

The Community Development Toolkit, originally published in November 2005,

is designed to foster closer relations between mining companies, communities

and governments, in order to support sustainable community development

activities that last beyond the life of a mining operation. The Mandarin

version of the Community Development Toolkit will be one of the most

comprehensive documents of its kind in China.

Nigel Clark, CIMG Chairman added “The Mandarin version of the Community

Development Toolkit will form an integral part of the CIMG’s mission in

China, which is to promote sustainable business outcomes in the country’s

mining sector”.

The Toolkit, which can be applied at mining operations anywhere in the

world, has its roots in southern Africa. The project concept was originally

conceived at a joint workshop held in November 2000 for members of the

Southern African Development Community.

The Mandarin version of the toolkit contains numerous instances of

successful initiatives currently undertaken in southern Africa. For example,

the Palabora Mining Company, a member of the Rio Tinto Group, has worked in

partnership with local people to develop the Titirheleni Community Gardens in

the province of Limpopo, South Africa. The Gardens feeds families and

provides incomes, and training in financial management and technical skills

that have enabled the project to become self-supporting.

Copies of the Toolkit are available at and . Hard copies are available on request.

About International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is a CEO-led

organization representing the mining and metals industry internationally. An

important part of its mandate is dedicated to sustainable development. ICMM

comprises many of the world’s leading mining and metals companies as well as

regional, national and commodity associations, all of which are committed to

improving their sustainable development performance and to the responsible

production of the mineral and metal resources society needs. ICMM’s vision

is a viable mining, minerals and metals industry that is widely recognized as

essential for modern living and a key contributor to sustainable development.

ICMM’s 15 corporate members are:

Alcoa, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, CVRD, Freeport-

McMoRan Copper & Gold, Lonmin, Mitsubishi Materials, Newmont, Nippon Mining &

Metals, Rio Tinto, Sumitomo Metal Mining, Teck Cominco, Xstrata, Zinifex.

ICMM’s 24 association members are:

Camara Minera de Mexico, Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Cobalt

Development Institute, Consejo Minero de Chile A.G., Eurometaux, Euromines,

Federation of Indian Mineral Industries, Indonesian Mining Association,

Instituto Brasileiro de Mineracao, International Aluminium Institute,

International Copper Association, International Wrought Copper Council,

International Zinc Association, Japan Mining Industry Association, Lead

Development Association International, Minerals Council of Australia, Mining

Association of Canada, Mining Industry Associations of Southern Africa,

Nickel Institute, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Sociedad

Nacional de Minería, Sociedad Nacional de Minería Petróleo y Energía, World

Coal Institute, World Gold Council.

About China International Mining Group (CIMG)

The China International Mining Group (CIMG) is a forum for International

mining and service companies plus individuals with interests in creating

sustainable business opportunities in China’s mining industry. The CIMG

aims to promote sustainable investment and best business practice in the

mining sector through sharing non-competitive information and addressing

issues of common concern to potential mining investors in China by providing

channels for dialogue with the relevant authorities.

The CIMG is an official industry-working group of the China-Australia

Chamber of Commerce in Beijing (AustCham Beijing). The CIMG is supported by

the Australian Embassy in Beijing, British Embassy in Beijing, British

Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, Canadian Embassy in Beijing, the CCBC, DIFID

and South African Business Council.

CIMG’s 10 Sustaining Sponsors are:

Anglo American Beijing; AngloGold Ashanti Limited; Asian American Coal;

BHP Billiton China; Mundoro Mining; Oxiana (China) Limited; Rio Tinto Limited

Beijing Representative Office; Teckcominco Limited; Sustainability and The

Swann Group

Source: China International Mining Group (CIMG)
Keywords: Machinery