Sustainable Development Performance – with Tom Butler – Dig Deep – The Mining Podcast

In today’s episode we chat to Tom Butler CEO of…


In today’s episode we chat to Tom Butler CEO of the ICMM (International council on Mining & Metals) who were formed to improve sustainable development performance in the mining and metals industry. The ICMM brings together 27 mining and metals companies and over 30 national and regional mining associations and global commodity associations, and now serves as an agent for change and continual improvement on issues relating to mining and sustainable development

We talk about the success that ICMM is having and the impact its having on the mining industry. They have also recently launched a tailings dam and responsible investment initiatives so it was good to know and understand more about them.


  • The ICMM was founded in order to enhance the environmental and social performance of the industry, but also to build recognition of the impact that the industry makes.
  • The organisation provides consistency in terms of environmental and social terms, which allows potential investors to feel a sense of security, safe in the knowledge that ethics and values are being upheld throughout member groups.
  • ICMM are currently developing comprehensive guidance to support companies wishing to implement the tailings standard, which will be published by the end of 2020.
  • The standards being proposed will affect companies of all sizes, and will soon make up the standard required by many international bodies.


’What we’d like to see is something that’s taken up globally’

‘You need some kind of assurance process right from the beginning’

’This has been designed to address the full range of companies’

’This is something that investors will be asking everyone to do. Don’t think that this is just a “big company” thing’



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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight to peoples experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

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