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ESG IN THE MINERALS INDUSTRY CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

BACKGROUND

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations have become increasingly important in the business world, as it contributes to long-term sustainability and responsible corporate behaviour.

In the minerals industry, ESG considerations are particularly important due to the sector’s significant environmental and social impacts. Mining operations involve land use, energy and water consumption, and waste generation, which have lasting effects on ecosystems. Additionally, the industry faces challenges related to labour practices, community engagement, and the impact on indigenous populations.

An ESG-driven strategy is not only a responsible approach to business but also a strategic imperative for long-term success. It can contribute to risk mitigation, enhances reputation, attracts capital, and fosters innovation, making it a competitive advantage in today’s business landscape. In the mining industry, ESG considerations are crucial for addressing environmental and social challenges and ensuring the industry’s sustainable development.

The role of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) in the promotion of ESG is based on the premise that sustainability, and the contribution of the mining and minerals industry to society, is dependent on the professional and ethical conduct of minerals industry professionals – our members.

On this basis, the purpose and focus of this conference is to influence professional behaviour, and foster industry dialogue on sustainability and responsible mining through Environmental, Social, Governance, and Sustainability-related matters.

We invite you to share your knowledge and experience with an audience of like-minded individuals to inspire growth and change.