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February 22, 2021

Mining Sector Shows "Lack Of Consistency" Towards Human Rights

A decade after the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), a new report from the Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) has found that the mining sector has performed very poorly on human rights issues.

Industry Europe
February 18, 2021

Most miners lag behind in human rights issues — report

According to the latest report by the Responsible Mining Foundation, top mining companies identify human rights-relates issues as a “material” subject that is included in their public reporting. Most of them, however, need to step up efforts to improve their human rights record.
February 11, 2021

Ngororero: New project to engage communities in mining exploitation

A new project to engage communities specifically mineworkers and nearby communities has been designed for Ngororero District, thanks to the initiative from the Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights Education (MPEDH) in partnership with Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) and the Coalition of Civil Society against illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lake Region (COSOC-GL). The project aims at establishing a constructive dialogue between mining companies / cooperatives and communities.

February 10, 2021

Satellites flag deforestation from illegal gold mines in Amazon rainforest

Mining companies are increasingly under pressure from investors and other stakeholders to address the environmental and social impacts of operations. Pierre De Pasquale, head of stakeholder engagement at the Responsible Mining Foundation, said the variability across artisanal and small-scale mining operations means addressing illegal mining does not have a one-size-fits-all solution and may include roles for large-scale miners to engage with regulators, smaller mining operations and other stakeholders.

S&P Global Market Intelligence
January 26, 2021

'Permanent state of fear': 2 years after disaster, mine tailings dams a big risk

The Responsible Mining Foundation revealed in its biennial 2020 report that most mining companies could not demonstrate effective procedures to manage and report tailings dam risks. Few mine sites showed evidence of regularly informing communities about what to do in case of a tailings dam incident.

S&P Global Market Intelligence
January 22, 2021

Responsible Mining Foundation seeks ‘more ambitious’ standards for TSFs

The vast majority of large-scale mining companies are still unable to demonstrate that they review and report on how effectively they manage risks related to tailings storage facilities (TSFs), and take responsive actions as necessary, despite growing disclosure on TSFs, the Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) notes in its ‘Responsible Mining Index (RMI) for 2020’.

Mining Weekly
January 22, 2021

Is the momentum of mitigating tailings risk being maintained?

Despite such disclosure, the RMI Report 2020 reveals that the vast majority of large-scale mining companies are still unable to demonstrate that they review and report on how effectively they manage TSF-related risks, and take responsive actions as necessary.
January 21, 2021

Tailings storage facilities still pose huge threat of harm, RMF says

As many as one-third of the current global portfolio of tailings storage facilities (TSFs) are impaired and in need of urgent intervention, according to the Switzerland-based Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF).

Metal Bulletin