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The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) was established in 2001 as a result of the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project. ICMM is a member-based organisation, currently bringing together 22 mining and metals companies as well as 33 national and regional mining associations and global commodity associations.

The ICMM is dedicated to improving sustainable development performance in the mining and metals industry. ICMM seeks to create a platform for members to work together and with others to strengthen the contribution of mining, minerals and metals to sustainable development.

The ICMM carries on various activities, which are :


The ICMM has several workstreams, focusing on Social and economic development, environment and climate change, Health and safety, and Materials stewardship. For more information, please click here.

Specific topics

Beyond the more general workstreams, the ICMM also engages with specific topics. ICCM undertakes a whole range of publications and workshops on these different topics. Check the website for further information. The relevant topics are:

Artisanal and Small-scale mining, to improve their members’ capacity in engaging wtih artisanal and small-scale miners. Check this page.

Business and Human Rights, to improve the capacity of its members to address human rights. Visit this webpage.

Mining Partnerships for Development, seeking to enhance mining’s contribution to development and poverty reduction through multi-stakeholder partnerships. See this page on the website.


ICCM has many different publications emerging from its workstreams. See the Publications.

One practical example is the Materials Steward Tookit, a practical guide to provide materials responsibly with maximum societal value and minimum impact on humans and the environment. For the full report, click here.